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Fine Art

Date of Review Aug 31, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
Student Type Mature
From EU
Social Life

Why did you choose your course?

As a practising Artist trying to make a living i decided to take the opportunity to get a recognised degree in fine art, develop my skills, broaden my knowledge and get the benefit of feedback from both the tutors and my peers in a stimulating and structured environment.

Are you happy with your choice of course?


On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

I needed to be in a realatively large town that had good transport links to both London (Knock Airport) and Dublin (N7) and for me being close to good surf spots was essential. Sligo has a well established art space in The Model which houses the Yeats collection and shows many established international artists so the town offers a good level of culture to those interested in the Arts. The college it's self is on the whole pretty well equipped, with excellent, library, IT and sports facilities. My experience of the administration staff when applying, at interview and ever since has been excellent too.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)


Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?


Is your course weighted more on

Continuous assessment

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?


If you studied abroad, is there any advice you would give someone looking to study abroad?

I chose not to study abroad because i wanted to retain a sense of continuity in my study and the way inwhich i am assessed however, i did look into the possibilities. There is funding available for studying abroad and this is quite easy to sort out if you are in receipt of a VEC grant and/or the Back to Education Allowance but other funding is also available. Research your options carefully so that the college and country you'd like to visit match your existing course and your learning requirments well in an academic sense, an experiential sense and with regard to any foreign languages you'd like to learn. Start researching ASAP so you can make a well informed choice!

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

I enjoy having a good structure to the week, there is always ongoing project work for every subject in the first 2 years before your study becomes more self directed. This is a great opportunity to develop new skills and aquire an indepth knowledge of the theory of art and the discourse around contemporary arts practise. Being surrounded by like minded people and being encouraged to discuss our ideas and put them into practise is also very rewarding

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

The Art block is situated in an old building across the road from the main campus and both the state of the building and the segregation from the rest of the college are unfortunate. The building can seem quite cold in winter and we don't have much opportunity to mix with students from other courses during college hours.

Was your course what you expected?


What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

I wish i had known that the government were going to introduce drastic cuts to students recieving the non adjacent grant during their studies!! I would have liked to have had some allocated studio space in the First year but sadly space is limited and therfore first year students have to share and rotate.


The library had a whole refurbishment last year and is now spread over three floors. The computerised search facilities, printing and wifi are all very good. There are books, journals, audio, magazines, essays and a film library as well as a large amount of online material to choose from. The floors are split into a social area downstairs, a main area containing most of the books on the central level and upstairs is the quiet study area. All levels have private rooms suitable for 6 or more people, equipped with wifi and electrical sockets for powering devices, some of the rooms also have flatscreen TVs fitted and rooms can all be booked in advance.

Is there a good social life on your course?


Please describe

Fine Art is seperated from the main Campus but the intake of students is perhaps a lot broader than on other courses with both young and mature and a good balance of male and female students. There are college trips every term either to Dublin or a national event/ place of interest which are well attended and an International college trip once a year, recently to Venice and Berlin which are excellent both socially and as a learning experience. Outside of the course the students get together for celebratory drinks at the end of assessments and often for any other excuse

Rate your course in terms of difficulty


Please rate your course in terms of workload

Much more than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?


Are you a member of any sports clubs?


Please choose your sport(s) club

The Gym

Are your training facilities easily accessible?


Are your training facilities at a good standard?


Do you feel that you are playing at a standard that matches your ability?


What would be helpful to know before joining your sports club?

Gym facilities are very good but it can get busy in the evenings from around 5.30 pm when classes finish.
Memberships is approx €45 for 3 months, €70 for 6 months and €120 for the year

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?



It's a great way to meet people and keeping fit is imprtant for good health and often helps with studies and motivation.

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?


Do you or have you lived away from home during college?


How much does your rent cost per month?


As a first year did you live in college halls?


Would you recommend living in college halls?

If you are new to the area, want to meet new people and be close to college facilities then collage halls or the student village are both ideal.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

The college is well equipped, the library and sports facilities are excellent and the tutors are engaging and approachable. Sligo is a cool town with some good pubs, clubs, restaurants, several theatres a large cinema and close to several nice beaches such as Strandhill. The most important thing is to be sure that the course offers what you want and that you are genuinely interested and motivated in your area of study.

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