Autumn Courses

IADT offer a wide range of short term autumn courses. These courses will be of benefit to any students hoping to prepare a portfolio of art or to try out some creative skills courses before pursuing further study in these areas.

Portfolio Preparation

Code + Day Start Date Cost Tutor
Monday Evening
2nd October 2017
(20 weeks)
€345 Louise Neiland
Wednesday Evening
4th October 2017
(20 weeks)
€340 Louise Meade
Thursday Evening
5th October 2017
(20 weeks)
€345 Eorna Walton
Friday Evening
6th October 2017
(20 weeks)
€345 Mary Burke
Saturday Morning
7th October 2017
(17 weeks)
€315 Eorna Walton
Saturday Afternoon
7th October 2017
(17 weeks)
€295 Mary Burke

This course is designed for prospective third level students who are considering a course for which a Portfolio is mandatory. A high proportion of students in this class will be applying for CAO college entry in 2018.

The objectives are to learn how to construct projects from concept to completion, how to use research notebooks, process images and develop their ideas through 2D, 3D and colour. Students will learn how to create a relevant, personal and individual comprehensive Portfolio. A home study programme will be an integral part of the course.

Animation Portfolio Preparation

Code + Day Dates Cost Tutor
Saturday Morning
7th October 2017 (17 weeks) €335 Aidan O'Sullivan
Saturday Afternoon
7th October 2017 (17 weeks) €335 Aidan O'Sullivan

This course is designed for students wishing to apply for a degree in Animation. Students will be given a broad introduction to the subject with the view to creating suitable portfolios for entry into third level. There will be strong emphasis on notebook and research work for character development. Students will be taught to create their own characters through storyboarding. Individual interests and initiatives will be encouraged within the over all structure of this course.

Digital Photography

Code + Day Level Dates Cost Tutor
Tuesday Evening
Beginners 3rd October 2017 (10 weeks) €240 Aoife Giles
Wednesday Evening
Intermediate 4th October 2017 (10 weeks) €245 Aoife Giles

This hands on course will guide you through the fundamentals of photography and is designed to help you get the most out of your bridge or DSLR camera while developing your creativity. Taught by professional photographer Aoife Giles, this course is ideal for participants who want to move away from shooting in Auto so that you can get the results you want from your camera.

Through practical exercises, field trips and a night shoot we will explore the key principals of photography like aperture shutter speed, ISO, metering and depth of field as well as lens choice and other technical considerations.

By experimenting with a range of photographic styles and analysing the work of great photographers each participant will learn how to develop their own style and create images that they treasure.

Time in each session will also be dedicated to downloading and editing your images using Lightroom and Photoshop so that you can begin to catalogue, print and share your images.

To get the most from this course it is recommended that you have a DSLR or good quality bridge or mirrorless camera.  Notes are provided but we advise that you bring a pen and a memory stick or harddrive to bring home some of the digital course materials as well as your edited images. 

Drawing Skills Workshop

Code + Day Dates Cost Tutor
Tuesday Evening
3rd October 2017 (20 weeks) €340 Louise Meade
Saturday Afternoon
7th October 2017 (17 weeks) €300 Louise Meade

This course is designed for students who wish to develop their skills in drawing. Working from a selection of still life set-ups and personal objects, students will learn the fundamental stages of drawing from observation. Students will become familiar with drawing techniques using a variety of approaches and media. This course will suit anyone who has an interest in improving the craft of drawing. 

Advanced Photoshop

Code + Day Dates Cost Tutor
Thursday Evening
5th October 2017 (10 weeks) €300 Aoife Giles

This course will appeal to individuals with basic or intermediate knowledge and skills in Adobe Photoshop and image editing softwares. The course aims to teach participants the techniques necessary to create, manipulate and edit professional quality images with skill and precision.  

The participants will be taken through the entire post production process of editing digital images. The content of the course will include, file management/adobe bridge, adjustments and colour correction, selections, working with layers, masks and adjustment layers, retouching and camera raw.

Creative Writing

Code + Day Dates Cost
Tuesday Evening
3rd October 2017 (20 weeks) €350

This workshop offers each individual a key to understand the writer in themselves and is geared towards beginners and for those who want to find “ways into creative writing”. The workshops will offer participants a space to develop their own creative powers. The classes will offer strategies and space for writing in a warm and constructive environment.

During the course participants will have the opportunity to explore different forms of writing (prose, poetry and script writing) but will be able to focus on the genre that most interests them by working on a project in a chosen style. 


  • Evening classes run from 7pm - 9pm unless otherwise stated.
  • Saturday morning classes run from 9.30am - 12.30pm.
  • Saturday afternoon Portfolio Preparation class runs from 2pm - 4pm.
  • Saturday afternoon Animation Portfolio class runs from 2pm - 4.30pm

Fees must be paid in full when booking. Places can only be allocated on payment of the full course fee. Cash will not be accepted.

By Email

Download the booking form, fill in your details, save the form and return by email to

By Phone

Credit card bookings are accepted over the phone please call +353 1 239 4631 to make a booking.

By Post

Send the completed booking form with full fee in either cheque or money order made out to IADT Dún Laoghaire. If paying by credit card, please print credit card number and expiry date in the spaces provided. Send to: Adult and Continuing Education, IADT, Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

In Person

Courses can be booked in person at the Media Cube between 9.30am-12pm (Monday – Friday).


A 50% discount is available to unemployed persons once the course is already financially viable on production of a current letter from The Department of Social and Family Affairs. Senior Citizens aged 65 and over receive a discount for our autumn courses. Where the fee is greater than €150, a €25 discount will apply.


Week night classes run from 7pm - 9.30pm unless otherwise stated.

Saturday morning classes run from 9.30am - 12.30pm.

Saturday afternoon Portfolio Preparation class runs from 2pm - 4pm.

Saturday afternoon Animation Portfolio class runs from 1.30pm - 4.30pm.

All students must park in their designated space and display their parking permit otherwise the Pay & Display system applies.

IADT reserves the right to close a class, which has ceased to be viable.

Contact Details

For futher information on please contact us at:
Phone + 353 1 239 4631