A three-year collaboration between Ireland, England, Holland, Hungary, Germany and France. Last January 16 students from the Rock School, and 4 students of HND in Music Management spent a week in Manheim, Germany at a composition and performance workshop for students from European rock music courses, all at Degree level except BCFE.
Bands were formed with representatives from each country, and the group headed up by our singer/songwriter won the best band award. Subsequently that band visited BCFE for a week and played a gig in Whelans, and also played at the largest European Music Festival in Hungary in August.
Four European students of rock music are studying in BCFE this year, and two of our graduates were offered places on a degree course in Popakademie in Holland. The whole experience will be repeated with a new group in January.
Two graduate film-scripts won Film-Base awards and were produced with a Budget of 10,000 euro. They were screened last summer in the Irish Film Centre.
Three students of the Higher National Diploma in Computer Games and one from the Advanced Diploma in Animation won the "Dare to be Digital" Competition held in the Digital Hub in Spring 2005. They were competing against students from TCD, UCD, UCC, and UL, and were the only College of Further Education to make the short list. Their prize involved spending 10 weeks of the summer in the University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland, working on their own original computer game, mentored by cutting edge professionals from the games industry.
Two graduates of the higher National Diploma in Multimedia had their cartoon Series "The Auld Ones" screened on RTE.