Summer Courses

IADT offer a wide range of short term summer 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. Booking details below.

Portfolio Preparation

Code Dates Cost Tutor
SS7 12th June 2017 (2 weeks) €320 Louise Neiland
SS10 12th June 2017 (2 weeks) €320 Mary Burke
SS2A 19th June 2017 (2 weeks) €320 Eorna Walton
SS5 26th June 2017 (2 weeks) €320 Imelda Healy
SS1A 3rd July 2017 (2 weeks) €320 Eorna Walton

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.

Animation Portfolio Preparation

Code Dates Cost Tutor
SS1 19th June 2017 (2 weeks) €325 Aidan O'Sullivan
SS4 3rd July 2017 (2 weeks) €325 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 Level Dates Cost Tutor
SS3 Beginners 19th June 2017 (1 week) €220 Aoife Giles
SS6 Intermediate 3rd July 2017 (1 week) €230 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 Dates Cost Tutor
SS13 19th June 2017 (1 week) €200 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 Dates Cost Tutor
SS25 26th June 2017 (1 week) €225 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 (Half Day)

Code Dates Cost
SS9 10th July 2017 (1 week) €150

This workshop offers each individual a key to understand the writer in themselves. It introduces some ‘ways in’ to writing that stir both memory and the imagination and invites participants to develop their own creative powers and to find a voice for what can’t be said. The workshop offers structures and space for writing and a warm and constructive environment for feedback on the work as well as a chance to explore and extend ideas of what a poem or story might be through the reading of a diverse range of voices and styles.

Depending on the interests of the group the workshop focuses on poetry and prose. Where poems and stories are introduced they reflect on the nature of writing and the creative process.

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 Summer courses. Where the fee is greater than €150, a €25 discount will apply.


Courses run from 10am-4pm unless otherwise stated. There is a half hour coffee break in morning and one hour lunch break 1-2pm.
There is a canteen service available for the duration of these short courses which serves a wide selection of hot and cold food and drink.
A materials list will be sent to you on enrolment and students must provide their own materials, except where specified.
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