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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 2nd
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin
Social Life

Why did you choose to study this course?

I was interested in pursuing a career in education and the Arts Degree offered me the widest range of subject choices to carry on as a second level teacher.

Are you happy with your choice of course?


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

The wide variety of subjects, and modules within those subjects have made my time very interesting. There is also a very dedicated staff on site who have given great advice to me in furthering my goals

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?


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


Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?


What are your favourite aspects of your course?

The sheer variety of subject and module choices let me create a degree that is suited perfectly for me.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

There is a lot of independent work to be done, by yourself, on the topics you want, it is quite different from the traditional teaching method, and this was quite jarring in the first year

Was your course what you expected?


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

I wish that the various modules were made clear to me, that way I could have taken better advantage of the 'Horizons' option earlier.


There are multiple copies of almost every book available, as well as the core textbook for each module, and if the books are on loan, there is a useful 'reserve' system available

Is there a good social life on your course?


Please describe

As well as the social areas (the lake, the restaurants and the bars), societies and clubs are very active, you can be guaranteed that there will be at least one night out a week with people you know.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Neither Easy nor Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Less than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?


If yes, please name the societies

I am a writer for the University Observer, the top student publication in Ireland, as well as the Rock Climbing club, Film Society, and the Comedy Society.

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

The University Observer is a great way to meet new people and find out about life behind the scenes on campus. Seeing your name in print is also a bonus, the paper is well read, in fact, last year, TD Joanna Tuffy contacted me to discuss a piece I had written about Irish politics, needless to say, it was a good moment.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?


If yes, please name the sports clubs?

 Rock Climbing

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?


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 would you recommend this college to a friend?

Simply put, it is the best college in Ireland, in terms of facilities and the social life. With the campus constantly being upgraded (e.g. the new Student Centre), there are always new things to see or do.

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