Is there a designer lurking inside you? Or someone close to you? If, so, listen up! it’s never too late (or too early) to learn. I have taught for many years in the Design Department of Blackrock Further Education Institute (formerly Senior College Dún Laoghaire, SCD) on a variety of design subjects. Over the years the courses have evolved to suit the changing needs and interests of our students. Now, the economy is looking up. Construction is beginning to move again and with it there is a range of new opportunities in design-related courses. Design is a multifaceted discipline with a vast array of prospects not just for employment but also for setting up your own business.
In September 2014, after many years of planning and some hiccups along the way, the college will finally be moving to its new home in Main Street, Blackrock village, Co.Dublin. Construction is nearing completion of an exciting, state-of-the-art building designed by McCullough Mulvin Architects and the college will then become known as Blackrock Further Education Institute (BFEI).
This hugely exciting project will incorporate the Town Hall, Carnegie Library and the college in a collection of refurbished historic buildings together with a new modern extension. The new spaces of a courtyard and glazed atrium will create light wells which make a focus of new social spaces for college students.
As one of Ireland’s largest Further Education Colleges, with over 800 full time students, BFEI / SCD offers a multitude of courses offering professional qualifications certified and accredited by nationally and internationally recognised examining and professional bodies.
In case you don’t know about it:
There are no tuition fees!
It is outside the CAO points system, offering level 5 and 6 courses with progression links to degree courses in many areas. Applications are made directly to the college.
Interested? These are some of the courses on offer specifically in the Design Department.
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
SCD /BFEI offers two Interior design courses: the Certificate in Interior Design and the Higher National Diploma in Interior Design BTEC/EDEXCEL with the option of advanced entry into Degree programmes in several colleges.
Interior design students learn a range of skills from conceptual design, presentation drawings, materials specification, lighting and furniture proposals. Work is project based on a continual assessment basis.
Colour theory forms part of first year work before it is incorporated into studio projects.
Creating a mood board is often a first starting point with an interior design brief.
As projects progress, more detailed scaled drawings and model making become an intrinsic part of the course.
These student drawings were for a project to design the interiors for a hotel. They combine design skills, hand drawing, Compuer Aided Design, photoshop together with a detailed knowledge of colour, materials and lighting. These courses are designed for those who wish to acquire the knowledge, skills and competences to work in Interior Design, Retail or an interior design company
SCD /BFEI offer two Jewellery design courses: the Certificate in Creative Craft, and the Advanced Certificate in Art Metal work, with Progression to BA level available through the Higher Education Links scheme for entry to degree programmes in NCAD.
These courses are designed for those who wish to acquire the knowledge, skills and competences to be a jewellery designer.
There is a strong emphasis on the design process in each project.
Courses are again project based, combining creative ability with technical skills and market awareness.
All individual projects are discussed with tutors as they progress.
SCD /BFEI offers a two year course leading to the Higher National Diploma in Landscape Design BTEC/EDEXCEL with advanced entry into the Degree programme in University of Gloucestershire, Chetenham where many of our students have completed their BA (hons), followed by the Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Design. Landscape design offers an interesting, challenging and rewarding career where graduates can work as commercial and domestic landscape designers.
As with all the design courses studio projects are completed on a continuous assessment basis to develop design, analytical and presentation skills.
This is a both a creative and scientific course which focuses on expert design which is essential to create new sustainable landscapes of quality and visual interest.
The ability to communicate design ideas effectively is essential and taught from the beginning.
Bloom in the Park entries, by students, are an annual event, often with award winning results.
These courses are designed for those who wish to acquire the knowledge, skills and competences to work in a Landscape Design Company or a Design & Build landscape contracting company.
There are also a range of CREATIVE MULTIMEDIA courses available.
Field Trips and Educational tours are an integral part of each course in the Design Department.
END OF YEAR EXHIBITION
The annual end of year exhibition showcases the talent of our students and offers their friends and family an opportunity to see the results of all their hard work!
EXCITING NEW COURSES FROM SEPTEMBER 2014:
From September 2014 SCD /BFEI will be offering a Certificate in Graphic Design Course, with progression to BA level available through the Higher Education Links scheme for entry to degree programmes in IADT and DIT. Designers take a concept and develop it into pictures and slogans so that it is reflective and remembered by the audience. This course is aimed at those who want to work in this field, gaining an understanding of the importance of design, and acquiring the skills to manipulate images for both print and screen based products.
From September 2014 SCD /BFEI will be offering a Certificate in Design Course, with progression to BA level available through the Higher Education Links scheme for entry to the degree programme in IADT. This course is designed to give an understanding of set design for theatre and film with a view to designing innovative and creative sets. It will be project based, combining creative ability with technical skills and market awareness.
ARTS WITH BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
From September 2014 SCD /BFEI will be offering an Advanced Certificate in Arts Administration Course ,with progression to BA level available through the Higher Education Links scheme for entry to degree programmes in IADT and DIT. This course is designed to provide participants with a diverse knowledge and understanding of the Arts, as well as the core skills to perform as an effective administrator in this field.
Prospective students may visit the College on Open Days. The next Open Days are scheduled for:
Wednesday 27th August 2014 10am to 2pm @ Main Street, Blackrock (in our exciting new building!)
Wednesday 14th January 2015 10am to 4pm @ Main Street, Blackrock
Wednesday 6th May 2015 2pm to 6pm@ Main Street, Blackrock
Alternatively, an appointment to visit the College can be made by contacting the College Admissions Office, telephone (01) 2800385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about all our courses check out the college website where you can download the latest brochure and apply on-line.