ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

Debbie McDermott

Design Recruitment Consultant

"Textile Fibre Art is such a great course with such distinct versatility and passion all in one. Where you get one on one tutorials with talented tutors that have a great outlook and drive for good design. Being studio based shows students how to function in a studio environment not dissimilar to industry design studios.
The course helped me develop my mixed media and fast problem solving skills. I went on to paint and weave tapestries for industry and selling them online... I had my own studio producing work for market and exhibitions.
This inspired me to learn about products and marketing and how things work, so I went on to do a BA in Industrial and Product Design Innovation, which paired with the textile course in BCFE. Following a years printmaking, also at BCFE, I had the necessary skills to survive on multi-functional products and in many different mediums.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone that has an interest in using their hands to explore new possibilities."

Sinead McDonald

Visual Artist and Media Lecturer

"DMH was a truly excellent reintroduction to education, giving the support and scope I needed to re-engage with learning, as I had been out of education for several years. The modules and assignments were both interesting and challenging, with a perfect mix of practical and creative that made the entire course a genuinely enjoyable experience. There was a lovely mix of group and individual assignments that allowed for a supportive peer environment; seven years after graduating I’m still in touch with my classmates, and they have proven to be a valuable network both professionally and personally. The teaching staff were wonderful, providing the learning and professional support that is only possible in a small-classroom environment. I went on in my education, enrolling in year 3 of the Creative Digital Media Degree at ITT and then an MA at NCAD. I’m currently writing proposals for a PhD. I now work as a professional visual artist and a media lecturer."

Gary Walsh

Digital Marketing Executive

"DMH helped me benchmark myself against other candidates due to the wide range of topics I had covered from graphic design to website design and animation. Learning the wide range of software taught on the course allowed me to easily pick up other new programmes. I quickly moved from Junior Graphic Designer in 2013 to Website Manager and then into Digital Marketing Executive. To have both the practical skills I learned in DMH and the knowledge of how to promote it through Digital Marketing gives me a great edge in this industry. I now work for The Sales Institute of Ireland, where my designs are viewed daily by directors & CEOs. Our members include Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Aviva, Social Talent and Microsoft. To get my position DMH was a defining asset to me with the ability to create all aspects of marketing from posters to websites. I would like to extend my gratitude to the DMH staff. You helped shape me to become who I am today and I will always be grateful for that."

Rory McQuillan Nolan

Digital Designer in Isobar

"DMH really helped me kickstart my career, I already knew where I wanted to be but knowing exactly what route was not as easy. The course gave a wide range of classes that give you a glimpse into most sections of the media industry. I quickly found out what level of perfection is needed to succeed in the business and I realised I needed to up-skill in some areas because of this! The teachers were some of the nicest and most talented people I've met, always there when and if we needed them. If a problem were to arise you knew you didn't have to hesitate to ask! The smaller classes are more engaging and you learn a lot more than in a lecture hall with 300+ people. BCFE was the right chose in my opinion. I personally dropped out of NUIM to go here because of the recommendations I was getting from past pupils and could not have been happier with the results. The course helped me get to my current job as a Digital Designer in Isobar and for that I can't recommend it enough!
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Jody Briggs

Graphic Designer and 2D Animator

"Having completed a Fine Art degree as a teenager, I decided at 25 to return to college to train for a career that would still allow me to be creative. I decided to enroll in Ballyfermot's Digital Media Course (DMH) to become a digital designer. I knew Ballyfermot had a reputation for being a school that taught its students usable, relevant skills. After two years in the Digital media course, that is exactly what I got. The course opened up a new world to me and I quickly developed a passion for digital design that I draw upon today in my current career. I've been a professional graphic designer and 2D animator for five years. I currently work at Icon Clinical animating content for clinical trials. I owe that position to my time in Ballyfermot. DMH taught me the skills and knowledge I needed to enter the workplace as a viable job candidate. The teachers from each module gave me the help and direction I needed to make sure that after I graduated I was prepared for my new career. "

Sinead Murphy

Senior Event Producer for iTunes and Apple Music Global

"I loved my time at BCFE and couldn’t recommend it enough for anyone wishing to learn about the music and entertainment industry from a team of passionate and experienced lecturers in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Having completed an Arts degree in UCC and being one of class of hundreds, I knew live music and event production was the path I wanted to follow but was unsure as to the best route to it. At that point I learned about the Music Management HND at Ballyfermot, applied and was accepted. I spent the next 2 years at the College and it was a polar opposite experience of learning in a large university context. Smaller classes made building relationships with lecturers and classmates an easy experience and for me made the learning all the more fulfilling. Meaningful conversations about course-work were facilitated and a deeper understanding for subjects were made possible in a fun and accessible way."

Sharon O’Donoghue

Promotions Producer for TV3

"When I set about searching for the right media course, Ballyfermot came highly recommended by various industry professionals I'd contacted for advice. I attended two courses at BCFE, BJS (now MND) and THND. My time at Ballyfermot was very enjoyable and well worth it. Since leaving BCFE, I have worked for all the major players such as The Farm, Setanta Sports, RTE and TV3. It's been fantastic to work alongside many of the friends I made at the college. At present I am working full time as a Promotions Producer for TV3."

Damien O’Reilly

Radio Producer/Presenter RTE Radio 1

"I have been working in RTE Radio 1 for the past ten years. I produce and present armweek on Radio One each Saturday morning at 8.30am. I also stand in for Joe Duffy on Liveline and I also present the sport on Morning Ireland from time to time. Before joining RTE in 1998, I worked in Shannonside Northern Sound Radio for five years. I was a BJS student in Senior College from 1990 to 1992. Without doubt, I would never have made it in the media world without my time in Ballyfermot. I learned so much about the media. And many of the tips and hints I learned from there back then, i still use today in my work. I made friends for life there whom I keep in regular contact with. And its thanks to Brenda, Joan, Fergal, John and Jim that I am still working in radio today."

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