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BA in Visual Arts Programme in North Mayo

€200,000 Education Investment in Erris BA in Visual Arts Programme in Belmullet and Rossport

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Mayo County Council are delighted to announce the establishment of a fully accredited BA in Visual Arts Programme in North Mayo, commencing mid September 2013. This programme presents a unique opportunity to study art in a rural context, using the beautiful and diverse landscapes of North Mayo to inspire students.

The Erris programme will build on the experience of the successful model pioneered by DIT and the Sherkin Island Development Society with the West Cork Arts Centre on Sherkin Island over the past 14 years, and this first deployment of the course outside of Cork represents a very significant advance for the Arts and for Arts education in Mayo.

Welcoming the announcement Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan said “This is a welcome extension of what has been a very successful programme inWest Corkto another very special rural location in North Mayo”.

The four-year modular honours degree programme will offer a dynamic and creative education in the visual arts and will be fully accredited, managed and delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology and Mayo County Council, in partnership with local organisations Áras Inis Gluaire/ Belmullet Arts Centre and Coláiste Chomáin, Rossport. Based in the Erris region, this innovative model combines delivery through onsite tutorials, live and electronic media and specific off-site practice.

The programme will be delivered in four day blocks on alternate weekends from September to May annually. This will facilitate students who have family or work commitments outside of the programme.

Mr. John O’Connor, the Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism at Dublin Institute of Technology said “We in the Dublin Institute of Technology are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Mayo County Council and the local community to role out this programme which we have developed over the past fourteen years and which has been a tremendous success”.

The BA in Visual Arts Programme modules will be specifically tailored to meet the needs and circumstances of the community in North Mayo. The programme will have a particular focus on the investigation of the meaning of Place and how it can be created and regenerated through artmaking and the exchange between the artmaker and her/his place and its people.

Mayo County Manager, Mr. Peter Hynes said “The programme represents a huge opportunity for Erris and the West Region. I congratulate those involved for their vision and bringing it toCountyMayo”. Work has been ongoing over the past months to secure this programme for North Mayo and both Dublin Institute of Technology and Mayo County Council are tremendously excited about the potential benefits for the County and Region. The collaboration with the local organisations involved has been very positive. This represents a significant achievement for the area and will provide opportunities for Mayo artists of all ages to achieve an honours degree within the county.

If you are interested in finding out more or making an application online:

Applicants should have a portfolio of recent art work ready for interview.

DIT website or contact Elaine Lawlor, School Office – / 01-402 4138. 

For application forms: or contact

Admissions Office, Dublin Institute of Technology, 143-149 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.

Tel 01-402 3445

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