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National Film School at IADT Dun Laoghaire
Mr Rónán Ó'Muirthile, Head of Department - Film & Media at The National Film School
Carraiglea Park,
Kill Avenue,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin
+353 1 239 4655

IADT has been teaching film in Dun Laoghaire since 1984 and the National Film School at IADT was launched in November 2003. It is a centre of excellence for education and training in film, animation, broadcasting and digital media. This status is based on the consistently high achievements of its student productions in both professional competitions and festivals, at home and abroad; the careers of its graduates in the entertainment and media industries; and on the excellence of its staff. IADT's full-time and part-time staff possess considerable industry experience and a high proportion continue to work as practitioners.

In 2004 IADT instituted the first series of National Film School Lectures, in association with The Irish Times. Since then distinguished participants have included Jim Sheridan writer/director), Alex McDowell (production designer), Neil Jordan (writer/director), Oliver Stone (writer/director), Roddy Doyle (writer/producer), Alan Parker (producer/director), Caroline Leaf (animator), Jeffrey Caine (screenwriter), Stephen Rea (actor), Joanna Quinn (animator) and Seamus McGarvey (cinematographer). IADT student films have achieved considerable successes over the years, and have been shown at more than 75 different film festivals across the world, winning numerous prizes along the way. Twenty-five television stations have screened them.

Education and Training Profile 2017:

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology - the largest and most prolific filmmaking college in the country - recently opened its own HD studio - only the second in the country after TV3.

IADT's Faculty of Film, Art & Creative Technologies boasts the largest selection of film-related courses in the country - spanning film & TV production, animation and photography – and offers the only degree courses in the country in model making for TV & media and design for stage & screen. An entire generation of award-winning Irish filmmakers owe their success to the skills IADT equipped them with as students.

Such alumni include cinematographer Robbie Ryan, who in 2016 won a British Independent Film Award for his cinematography 'American Honey; Academy Award nominated Kirsten Sheridan, director of 'August Rush' and writer of 'In America'; Aisling Walsh, director of 'Song for a Raggy Boy'; Kieron J. Walsh, whose feature 'Jump' is released in cinemas this week; Ciarán Donnelly, director of episodes of 'The Tudors', 'Camelot' and 'Vikings'; Ciarán Foy, director of 'Citadel'; and James Mather, cinematographer on 'Lockout' and 'Adam & Paul' and Peter Foott, who’s debut feature “The Young Offenders” has broken all box office records for a low budget Irish Film.

At the animation end of the spectrum, notable IADT graduates include Conor Finnegan whose short 'Fear of Flying' was nominated for Best Short and Best Animation at this year's IFTAs; BAFTA-nominated animator Eamonn O'Neill and Jack O’Shea who directed the incredibly successful “A Coat Made Dark” which was selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

IADT's track record is evident in the multiple IFTA nominations and wins awarded to its alumni members.

Its courses are 70-80% practical with the remainder consisting of academic, critical and contextual studies.

New programmes being launched in 2017 include an exciting new Erasmus Mundus funded Joint Master of Arts in Cinematography with partners in Estonia and Hungary and a new Master of Arts in Creative Production & Screen Finance.

Finally, IADT is the only Irish full member of CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools.

Further information can be found at: www.iadt.ie

Undergraduate Programmes:

BA (Hons) in Film + Television Production
This course is a challenging and exciting opportunity for anyone who wishes to broaden their knowledge of cinema, film and television. It focuses on the advancement of practical filmmaking and television production skills, as well as developing strong and creative storytelling abilities. Graduates have gone on to work with major Irish and international production and post-production companies as well as all the major broadcasters, including BBC, Channel 4, RTÉ, TV3, and TG4.

Get practical tuition in: production, script, direction, cinematography, lighting, sound and editing, television programming, drama, documentary, commercials, promotional, experimental and educational programming. Benefit from hands-on production experience and easy access to excellent facilities in the new National Film School building.

BA (Hons) in Animation
Learn how to become an animation production artist and develop key creative, conceptual and strategic skills, with IADT’s internationally acclaimed four-year BA (Hons) in Animation. One of the youngest art/design disciplines, animation continues to grow in popularity and importance across the entertainment, advertising, education and communication industries. Learn how to explore and document your world and your stories with a full complement of animation production processes and skills.

BA (hons) in Photography
From fashion and advertising to contemporary art and digital media; creative photographers are highly sought after, and play a leading role in reflecting our increasingly visual society and culture. This is a rapidly evolving environment that affects a wide range of cultural sectors and activities.

BA (Hons) in 3D Design, Model-making + Digital Art
With three equally valuable areas of study, on this course you will learn the techniques to ensure you thrive in the modelmaking industry and a variety of creative practices. Graduates design and create 3D and digital representations of ideas and concepts in a variety of contexts such as film, gaming, architecture, exhibitions and street theatre.

BA (Hons) in Design for Stage + Screen (three options)
1. Character Make-Up Design
Train as make-up/prosthetics designer to work on feature films, television dramas, television commercials, music videos, and theatre, opera and dance performances.

2.Costume Design
Train as a costume designer. Whether for stage (theatre, dance, or opera) or screen (film and television), the designer works initially with the director and creative team to establish the visual style of the costumes. Costume designers work as part of a team, which can include a costume supervisor, makers and tailors and wardrobe assistants who work backstage or stand by on set. The work may involve the re-creation of an historical character and period, or the invention of a completely imagined world. Costume designers work closely with actors to create exactly the right visual effect.

3.Production Design
Production design (scenography) is the creation of a space in response to a text, music, dance or television format: an imagined world. Central to the process is an ability to analyse, creatively interpret and invent. In all areas, the Production Designer works closely with the director and a creative team, communicating through the use of scale models, sketches, paintings, technical drawings and digital media. Theatre: learn the skills to work across the gamut of drama, opera, musicals and dance. Television: create a visually distinctive and workable environment that gives each production – be it current affairs, gameshows, music or drama – its own unique visual identity. Film: design sets in studio and adapt existing locations to create a convincing world within which the story can unfold.

BA in Creative Music Production
Music production is the integration of sound engineering and creative audio programming to produce contemporary music and audio in a recording studio or live venue setting. Run in collaboration with the STC (Temple Bar, Dublin) – which is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading studios – this course will help you develop the creative and technical skills for a successful career. Lecturers have worked with some of the world’s most famous artists, including Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Snow Patrol, Michael Jackson, Van Morrison, The Corrs, Morrissey, The Script and The Frames.

BSc (Hons) in Creative Media Technologies
Creative Media Technologies is a practical, hands-on course for those interested in technology and how it is applied to a number media platforms.

Students study hardware, electronics, audio and video technologies and have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in a range of practical environments. These range from the electronics labs of IADT to the studio environment of the National Film School. Students learn by doing; they invent, create and explore emergent technologies from digital signal processing to the Internet of Things.

We are looking for makers and builders, creators and thinkers, people with the imagination to explore technology and design our future environment.

Post-graduate Programmes:

MA in Creative Production + Screen Finance
This programme will preach art but teach commerce, training creative and entrepreneurial producers not how to make a movie but how to get a movie made. The MA in creative production is aimed at individuals who have a strong idea for a film, documentary, drama or TV series and want to learn the intricacies of the commercial side of this creative industry.

Viewfinder a Joint MA in Cinematography
Viewfinder is a new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Cinematography presented by the National Film School IADT, the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest the Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University, Estonia.

A maximum of twenty-four students from all around the world will study in Dublin, Budapest and Tallinn.

The course prepares the students to work as a Director of Photography and as a Camera Operator. Graduates can expect to find work in all branches of filmmaking such as TV Drama, Feature Film, Documentary, Music Video, Commercials etc.

More details can be found at http://www.viewfinder-ma.eu

MA in Broadcast Production for Radio + Television
This production-centred course will be of interest to graduates of any discipline who wish to acquire practical production skills in radio and television broadcasting.

MA in Screenwriting for Film + Television
This MA gives writers the opportunity to explore, experiment and learn the craft of screenwriting, in conjunction with the development and writing of a full-length screenplay.


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Who's Who
Rónán Ó'Muirthile - Head of Department - Film & Media at The National Film School
 Film Name  Director  Year
-  Cardboard Boy  Kelley O'Sullivan  2009
-  Pest  Darragh Duffy  2009
-  Dabda  Diarmaid Hanley  2009
-  Office Environment, The  Mark Mullery  2009
-  Amaze-tastic Inspiration Machine, The  David Hynes  2009
-  On the Quiet  Eamonn O'Neill  2009
-  Safety Brief  Brian Hoary  2009
-  Tawny Woods  Jason Watts  2009
-  Martin  Seán Branigan  2008
-  Chronic  Brian O'Toole  2004
-  The Carpenter and his Clumsy Wife  Peter Foott  2004
-  Broken Things  Vincent Lambe  2004
-  Just a Little Bit of Love: A Tribute to Des Smyth  Peter Foott  2002
-  Detention  Patrick O'Driscoll  2002
-  Boneyard  Paul Glynn  2002
-  Family Day Out  Leonard Martin  2001
-  Ordinary Secrets  Vincent Lambe  2000
-  At Death's Door  Conor Morrissey  1999
-  Biological Maintenance Department  Ivan McCullough  1997
-  Cruschen On ...  Catherine Lyons  1995
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