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Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)


IADT profile

The Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) is unique in Ireland. We are one of the 13 Institutes of Technology, but the only Institute of Art, Design and Technology. We specialise in creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation in the digital age. The IADT vision is to be at the forefront of teaching, research and innovation, at the convergence of the arts, technology and enterprise, and to contribute to Ireland’s development as a creative knowledge economy. IADT graduates have been successful nationally and internationally in the creative and cultural industries, in the sciences and the arts, technology and the business world, and have contributed to the social and political life of nations.

IADT's School of Business and Humanities offers programmes that focus on the world of business in the knowledge, cultural, media and entertainment sectors. The School of Creative Technologies offers programmes that explore the interaction of people and technology. The School of Creative Arts offers programmes that blend creativity and technology in art, design and media. It includes the internationally recognised National Film School.

IADT is located on the outskirts of Dun Laoghaire, a major town in south Dublin, Ireland, with excellent transport links and a thriving community of its own. 

Undergraduate at IADT

School of Business and Humanities: offers full-time degrees at Level 7 and Level 8  in Business and Entrepreneurship; Business Studies and Arts Management; and English, Media and Cultural Studies. Four accredited Special Purpose Awards are offered in Online Business Trading, Enterprise Development, Creative Writing and Citizenship and Society.

School of Creative Technologies: offers full-time degrees at Level 7 and Level 8 in Applied Psychology, Audio Visual Media Technology and Computing - Multimedia Programming / Multimedia Systems / Web Engineering. Five accredited Special Purpose Awards are offered in Cyberpsychology, Organisational Psychology, Sport Psychology, Data Visualisation and Human Computer Interaction. Two Supplemental Awards are offered in Mobile Software Development (iOS and Android).

School of Creative Arts: offers full-time degrees at Level 8 in Animation; Design for Stage and Screen (strands in Production Design, Costume Design, Make up Design); Film and Television Production; Model Making, Design and Digital Effects; Photography; Visual Arts Practice and Visual Communication Design.

Postgraduate at IADT

IADT offers postgraduate programmes in Screenwriting for Film and Television, Broadcast Production for Radio and Television, Visual Arts Practices, Cultural Event Management, Public Culture Studies and Cyberpsychology. A Special Purpose Award is offered in Internet Research Methods.


Research at IADT

IADT's thematic research priorities and areas of specialisation are:

Creative Arts and Media: This cluster embraces disciplines that are practice-based and professionally oriented. This includes Visual Arts, Visual Communications, Photography, Film, Animation, Broadcast Media and Design for Stage, TV and Film. The National Film School is a recognised centre of excellence at IADT. IADT is a member of the HEA PRTLI funded Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media.

Public Culture Studies/Entrepreneurship: The Centre for Public Culture Studies focuses on a number of key themes in the area of Public Culture Studies to reflect national, European and international agendas. The themes include Work and Migration, Citizenship and Identity, Public Space, Public Communication, Public Arts and Cultural Interaction, Public Policy and Globalisation.

Psychology/Technology: The goal of the Centre for Creative Technologies and Applications is to explore the interaction of people and technology. This goal finds expression in a range of existing disciplines such as Audio/Visual Technologies, Gaming, Multimedia, Psychology, eLearning, Assistive Technologies, Teaching and Learning, eBusiness, and emerging disciplines such as Cyberpsychology.

Erasmus Programme at IADT

IADT is proud to participate in the Erasmus programme, which encourages international mobility. This programme allows students to come and study in IADT for one semester or a full academic year. Time spent in IADT is fully accredited using the European Credit Transfer System.


Student Support Services at IADT

Access Office: The Access Officer welcomes students with disabilities, mature students who previously did not have the opportunity to access higher education, those facing social and economic barriers and minority groups.

Writing and Research Support: At IADT, we can help improve your study skills, written assignments, essays and thesis.  Our specialist service works with students with Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. 

Assistive Technology: Our assistive technology assistant provides advice, support and information to help students with disabilities, including specific learning difficulties.

Careers Advisory Service:  Discuss your career choices and strategies: employment, internship, further studies, etc

Student Counselling Service: This confidential service is available to all IADT students. Appointments can be made to discuss any concerns about coping in a programme, working out relationships, dealing with grief or to access support for some other reason.

Student Health Service: Our nurses provide a free and confidential nursing service to promote and attend to the health and wellbeing of students on campus. Our doctors provide a full confidential GP medical service.