Community Outreach

The Access Service runs an outreach programme targeted at students attending second level schools in the local area and at mature students. The programmes on offer are listed below.

St. Kieran’s School Bray visit the National Film School

Free Creative Arts Summer School - 1 Week, 5 Colleges
Do you want to explore your creative interests and meet other like-minded people?
Do you want to pursue a career in the creative industries in Ireland?
Do you want to try out different artforms in colleges in Dublin in an exploratory and fun way?

The Creative Arts Summer School will take place in Dublin June 2020.  Funded by the Department of Education and Skills Progression for Access to Higher Education (PATH) fund, this is a collaboration between the National College of Art and Design, Trinity College Dublin, Marino Institute of Education, University College Dublin and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

Successful applicants will spend one day in each college and transport will be provided from NCAD to UCD, IADT and Marino Institute of Education for those who need it. It will take place from Monday 24th – Friday 28th June 2019.

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Traveller Pride June 2019
In 2019 IADT collaborated with STAG to raise awareness and celebrate the Traveller culture while also highlighting discrimination encountered.

Southside Traveller Action Group (S.T.A.G.) and IADT work together to open the IADT campus to the members of our local Traveller community.
S.T.A.G.and IADT
Over the past number of years, S.T.A.G. and IADT have worked in partnership to open the IADT campus to the members of our local Traveller community and to encourage progression through education and transition to third level. A number of initiatives have taken place already through this partnership, with more planned.

IADT welcomes mature applicants and encourages their pursuit of study. It greatly values the particular contribution of mature students to the academic and social environment of the College. IADT has a thriving mature student population comprising 10% of the student body. Supports offered to mature students at IADT have traditionally included financial assistance, Learning Support, Counselling and individual meetings with the Access Officer.

To support mature students who may be returning to education after a period of time, IADT offer a Mature Student Orientation Programme, it is a great opportunity to meet fellow students and support staff. It includes a tour of the campus, an introduction to academic writing skills, wellbeing at college and a guide to using the library.

Mature Student Orientation 2019 takes place on 2nd-4th September between 10am-4pm daily. 

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Community Mentoring is an initative at IADT which sees our students act as mentors in order to encourage participation in Higher Education.

Community Mentoring is funded by the Higher Education Authority’s PATH 3 Fund and the aim of the initiative is to increase participation among underrepresented groups through mentoring. Numerous students across the 5 HEIs volunteer to become mentors, to inspire the next generation of college students by sharing their educational journeys and stories with their local communities.