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ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

Emily Good

Designer with Conference Partners

AGH HND in Graphic Design

I would highly recommend the Graphic Design course at BCFE to anyone interested in studying or working in the field. It is an
incredibly diverse, challenging and rewarding progamme of study that went way beyond my expectations of what is possible to learn in just two years.

There is a wonderful variation in the different modules taught in the course; design history, typography, motion graphics, ideas generation, editorial to name just a few! Everyone has their own Apple Mac computer to work on and high quality printers are provided for printing up final projects. In terms of value, there is no comparison.

The teaching staff are fantastic! Their experience and  enthusiasm for the subject of visual communication is inspiring. They are generous with advice and always patient and encouraging. The dedication they show to teaching is really motivating. It is unique to find such willingness to share expertise and their contribution to the success of the course cannot be underestimated. From the beginning they in-still a great work ethic, which is vital when it comes to finding work in the industry.

I came to the course as a graduate of Fine Art. Having completed my degree almost ten years ago, I was nervous that I might find it difficult to use the computer software. This was never an issue, lessons were meticulously planned out and guidance was always available where needed for any students.

I was delighted to be able to start my career as a Graphic Designer as soon as I finished the course. When I started work I found that everything I learned at BCFE had fully prepared me for the job and I am so grateful for that.

If you want to be a Graphic Designer, DO THIS COURSE!!

Graham Moynes

Designer with O’Neills Irish International Sports Co. Ltd.

AGH HND in Graphic Design

I cannot recommend this course enough. Whether you are pursuing further education or, like I was, looking for a job in the creative industry, this course is invaluable. I went straight into employment after finishing the course and I found that I was able to apply to a wide range of jobs because of the versatile set of skills I had learned. The entire staff were always friendly and encouraging and always wanted the students to do the best they could. Above all, the course taught me how to think like a designer and how to work efficiently and effectively. It was a challenge, but I cannot say how worthwhile it was. It changed my life.

Gabriella Makrai

Design Monks

AGH HND in Graphic Design

My motivation for choosing the two year HND in Graphic Design at BCFE was that the skill set taught there provided the opportunity to go straight into the industry after college.

Adrienne Fanning

Graphic Designer with Intercake

AGH HND in Graphic Design

Deciding to go back to college was the difficult step, once that decision was made picking which college I wanted to attend was a bit simpler. Just mention Ballyfermot and instantly people in the know say ‘Oh that college has a great reputation!!’ After some research, I quickly figured out that not only their reputation was an attraction but also the course content. Covering all the programs, like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, that I was interested in learning, the course also seemed to offer in-depth training in areas like Art Direction, Research Techniques and Advanced Computer Graphics that I definitely needed some extensive knowledge of if I wanted to progress in the Visual Communications industry. After two amazing years I learned much more than I could possibly have imagined. But most of all I came away with a passion for Graphic Design and design thinking that is so evident in BCFE. The tutors level of skill and expertise of this area is at a level that I hadn’t experienced in any other course I had ever done. I was offered one of the first jobs I went for as a Graphic and Web Designer, my employers being totally amazed by the portfolio I had produced in 2 short years at Ballyfermot.

Edel Quinn

Art Director with Chemistry

AGH HND in Graphic Design

I could not recommend the BCFE Graphics programme highly enough. The quality & dedication of the teachers is stellar and the course really focuses on preparing students for industry. It’s a great time to be in digital arts and within weeks of graduating, I was working full-time as a graphic designer earning a decent wage. Thankfully my training in BCFE meant there was no need to do an internship. My BCFE portfolio was very well received at interviews and great praise was given to its relevance in teaching areas such as infographics and packaging. Within 18 months of graduating, I got a job in one of the country’s top design studios and I still can’t believe my luck. I owe my success to BCFE and all the teachers on the Graphics course.

Agnes Kennedy 

Administrator

BOS Business, Office and Administration Studies

I attended BCFE  in 2015 and as a stay home mum for 10 years, returning to education as a mature student was a massive step.  I shouldn’t have worried though. As from the moment I went to the open evening and attended for interview, I knew that Business, Office and Administration Studies (BOS) at BCFE was the course for me.  The teachers I met were friendly and open and this continued throughout the year.   They worked hard to help everyone achieve their full potential and were always very approachable.

The course was great for gaining business knowledge and office skills applicable to today’s workplace.  It helped me build my confidence and make many new friends. During the course I also completed a work placement at the Research Development Offices in Maynooth University. This was a fantastic experience and allowed me to use the skills that I had gained during the course.

After finishing the BOS course I immediately entered the workplace by securing a position in Peamount Healthcare.  I work for the Director of Nursing and my role here is varied and challenging but by completing BOS it gave me the confidence needed to apply for this post and the skills to succeed.

I had a fantastic year at BCFE and I realised that all the hard work had paid off when I put on my gown & mitre and collected my Certificate at the Graduation Ceremony. This is one of my happiest and proudest days and a memory I will always cherish. Thank you BCFE.

James Geraghty

Second Year Student on Business HND

BOS BHND Business, Office and Administration Studies

I decided to study at Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) because of its excellent reputation as a college whose main goal is to ensure all students leave with the best qualifications possible. The reason I chose the Business, Office and Administration programme was because it is a great course for building the skills and the knowledge needed to work in a business environment. It has also allowed me to learn more about myself and what I am capable of doing.  After completing this one-year programme I progressed on to the Higher National Diploma Level 6 in Business (BHND) where I am currently in my second year. I also intend on continuing to Degree level in Business in the future. I believe my year in BOS has prepared me for the BHND as it provided a solid foundation for this higher level Diploma. The staff are experts in their field of study and are always willing to provide assistance to students who need it.

The BOS course has provided me with the confidence I needed to know what I want to do in my life and future career and it set me on the right path.  I recommend BCFE and the BOS course to anyone who is interested in working in an office or Business environment and to those looking for a more practical business course.

Ginte Sipaviciute

Car Sales

BOS Business, Office and Administration Studies

In 2015, I decided that to be successful in life I needed to have a good job/career and to secure this I needed the right qualification. After researching available courses I decided to do Business, Office and Administration (BOS) in Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE).

Having originally left secondary school after 3rd year, I thought it would be quite hard getting back into education. However, when I started the one-year BOS course in September 2015, I couldn’t have been happier. The teachers were so helpful and they made everything so easy to understand.

As part of this course, students also have the opportunity to complete a two week work (experience) placement in an office environment. I chose to do mine in the Toyota garage in Ashbourne. This went very well and I was even offered a job in reception when I finished my course. After a couple of months of working on reception, I moved to car sales, where I am still currently employed. I have my own office, business cards and everything else that I didn’t expect to have before I started the BOS course.

I am absolutely delighted that I chose the Business Office and Administration programme in Ballyfermot College as it is the reason why I have my current career. I highly recommend this College and this course.

Noel Aungier. TELEVISION AND DIGITAL FILM Graduate

Noel Aungier

HND in Film Production Student

ITC IFH Television and Digital Film

In 2015 I began my first course in BCFE in Television and Digital Film (ITC). It had been 15 years since I was last in full time education and as a mature student I was unsure how I would fare. The course gave me an introduction to many elements of film making, from photography and editing to screen writing and live TV production.

I found the teaching staff to be friendly, dedicated and highly skilled. BCFE gave me the skills needed to produce the stories I wanted to tell, and the skills I learnt enabled me to progress to the HND in Film Production (IFH).

Two of the highlights of my year were our end of year exhibition of our films and photography and being given the opportunity of producing a live studio piece in the college.

My first short film as Director/Writer film “Trixie” was selected by the college to represent BCFE in The Royal Television Society Awards for the Republic of Ireland and I am very pleased to have received the Student award for Best Comedy & Entertainment. It was an unbelievable moment and I will always be grateful to BCFE for giving me the skills and confidence to express my sense of humour visually and creatively.

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