Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

Alan Doherty

Musician - composer - producer - videographer

PTH Irish Traditional Music Performance Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Growing up in Dublin I was surrounded by amazing singing sessions. When I found out there was a course on Irish music I jumped at it. Studying in BCFE on the Ceoltóir course made me believe I could have a career in music, which is all I even wanted to do. Getting the chance to study Irish and other types of folk music and also learning about the music industry was something that was taught to me on the course. And thankfully 25 years on I am still making a successful career in my music.

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Camilla Abu

Master’s Degree Student in Digital Marketing, DCU

BET Pre-University Level 5 Certificate

Completing a foundation course with BCFE was a good decision in my case. It offered me the environment, tools and confidence to take on 3rd level study. I not only developed skills in writing and research, which I applied on a very regular basis on my Communications degree at DCU, but I also developed the capability to tackle 3rd level study. Going from BCFE’s foundation course to DCU’s BA in Communications felt like a smooth transition after all the work I had put in, as well as all the support I received from BCFE. The year I spent at BCFE, helped build my academic confidence to the point that I felt I could approach any task presented to me at University. Definitely BCFE positively contributed to where I am now.

Daoirí Farrell

Multi award winning singer and performer

PTH Irish Traditional Music Performance (HND)

During my two years of study here, I found myself emerged in all things music and I really loved every minute of it. I came out at the end a more confident and knowledgeable musician. I started playing the bouzouki during my time on this course and it was a solid foundation I needed for the music career that lay ahead of me. For that I thank all the lecturers at BCFE on the Ceoltóir course for their continued support.

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Frankie Gaffney

Author and Lecturer

BET Pre-University Level 5 Certificate

I didn’t do well at school, I started a course in Ballyfermot College of Further Education when I was 25. This course directly led to my being accepted by Trinity College Dublin, where I eventually attained a BA in History and English Literature, and an M.Phil. in linguistics. Last year I got my PhD there. I also had a novel published (Dublin Seven), and have written various articles along with multiple appearances on national TV and Radio. The gentle introduction to academic writing I got at BCFE really helped me build the foundations to get back into education and progress to the highest levels, and allowed me to excel in University. The atmosphere at BCFE was great, the staff really supportive and helpful, and the small class sizes meant there was an opportunity to avail of the sort of one on one attention from teachers that is rare at third level. I cannot recommend this institution enough, the course really got me out of a rut, and started me on a path that would change my life.

Cheryl Finnerty

Graduate

RTL Return to Learning

Overall, … the RTL course was a great experience and gave me great confidence moving forward in my life

Vera Gsenger

Musician and Performer

PRH Contemporary Music Performance Diploma (HND)

BCFE offered the space for me to start writing songs myself. In addition to that I got the chance to gain experience and learn about live performance in a band setting. I’ve experienced so much creativity, so many talented musicians with unique styles and what spoke to me the most was the support of artistry. The main focus lay on every artist being unique and refining their individual styles instead of making them into something they are actually not.

Kat O’Connor

Deputy Editor, Shemazing.net

MJH Higher National Diploma in Journalism

BCFE’s journalism course gave me the confidence, courage and knowledge to pursue a career in journalism. I landed an internship at a women’s digital media publication in 2017 and was promoted to Deputy Editor of three websites, including Shemazing.net in 2019. I’ve been able to interview all kinds of people thanks to the skills I developed during my two years at BCFE. The course is hands-on, practical and gives you a strong understanding of the industry and will strengthen your love of writing and storytelling.

Oisín Ó Cuilleanáin

Multimedia Journalist RTE

MJH MPM Higher National Diploma in Journalism, BA in Media Production Management

Ballyfermot College of Further Education helped to shape my understanding of the Irish media landscape and its different news values. During the two-year Diploma in Journalism we created a student newspaper, the Student Chronicle. While working on the paper I discovered I really enjoyed working in a news environment, the thrill of trying to find stories, getting interviews and seeing the finished product. Without BCFE I wouldn’t be where I am today. I can’t recommend the college enough for anyone who is looking to work in journalism.

Carla Rodera

Graduate

AIH HND in Illustration

Being a student of Illustration at BCFE was a challenging and enjoyable experience. The course helped me improve my artistic skills as well as develop my career professionally. It has broadened my horizons and prepared me to continue forward in this field. I found the staff and tutors to be friendly, supportive and highly skilled. In my final year, I did an Erasmus+ programme in Malta.

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