LIMERICK Institute of Technology’s new €9 million school of art and design points to a new era of creativity for its 600 students, the Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe said yesterday.
The new college has been developed at the old Good Shepherd convent in Clare Street.
Mr O’Keeffe, who opened the new building, said: “The school is now the largest of its kind outside Dublin. Its fashion students have consistently competed for national awards,” he said, “and this school has produced some of this country’s best-known fashion designers.”
Dr Maria Hinfelaar, president of LIT, said the refurbishment had reinforced the school of art and design’s reputation for quality education with a creative flair.
Describing it as a flagship of LIT, she said: “It has dedicated studio spaces for students with natural light streaming in. The church gallery exhibition area provides a wonderful training ground, as well as an opportunity for the general public to see work produced by our students.”
The new head of the school, Mike Fitzpatrick, said having a purpose-built facility made it an exciting departure for student, lecturers and the wider community.
“We now have one of the finest education institutions in Ireland, or abroad, right here in Limerick.
“We’re committed to supporting students in their education, in honing their artistic skills and encouraging them to become part of the creative culture through their chosen artistic career,” he said.
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