Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

"The strengths of the VFX & 3D Technology programme are its timing, in terms of the trajectory of the industry in Ireland." Michael Fitzgibbon IFX Year 1 Student

Michael Fitzgibbon

Student

IFX Visual Effects and 3D Technology (HND)

The strengths of the VFX & 3D Technology programme are:

  • Its timing, in terms of the trajectory of the industry in Ireland.
  • The access to industry standard software.
  • The tutors who work in industry.
  • It’s clear that a lot of research went into setting up the programme.
  • The willingness of the full time staff to support the students.
"One of the great things about the VFX & 3D Technology course is the strong ties to industry" Anita Bonesteel Dice – IFX Year 1 Student

Anita Bonesteel Dice

Student

IFX Visual Effects and 3D Technology (HND)

One of the great things about the VFX & 3D Technology course is the strong ties to industry – the frequency and quality of guest speakers has been beneficial and insightful, as have the extra-curricular activities the tutors have involved us in; be it film screenings or a visit to a studio. These activities have been positive and encouraging and have led to more cohesion as a class.

Sinead McDonald HND in Digital Design and Technology (UX, UI) testimonial

Sinead McDonald

Visual Artist and Media Lecturer

DMH Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND)  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 HND in Digital Design and Technology (UX, UI) Testimonial

Gary Walsh

Digital Marketing Executive

DMH Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

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 the Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND) 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 McQuilan Nolan HND in Digital Design and Technology (UX, UI) Testimonial

Rory McQuillan Nolan

Digital Designer in Isobar

DMH Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

The Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND) 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!

Jody Briggs HND in Digital Design and Technology (UX, UI) Testimonial

Jody Briggs

Graphic Designer and 2D Animator

DMH Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

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 Web Design – Advanced App & Web UI/UX Diploma (HND) (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.

Sharon O Donohue HND in Television Operations & Production Testimonial

Sharon O’Donoghue

Promotions Producer for TV3

MND ITH HND in Television Operations & Production

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 – Diploma in Media & Broadcasting) and THND (now ITH HND in Television Operations & Production). 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 Diploma in Media & Broadcasting Testimonial

Damien O’Reilly

Radio Producer & Presenter RTE Radio 1

MND Media & Broadcasting

I have been working in RTE Radio 1 for the past ten years. I produce and present 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 (now MND – Diploma in Media & Broadcasting)  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 it’s thanks to Brenda, Joan, Fergal, John and Jim that I am still working in radio today.

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