Listoke photoshoot


Glorious morning in Listoke Gardens on the Ballymakenny Road just north of Drogheda this morning. We were very grateful to Juliet and Raymond for facilitating our end of year photoshoot for the Level 5 Fashion students.  Such a beautiful venue!


Students have worked hard to complete their final pieces and will present their work for assessment in the coming weeks.  It is the end of a very successful year with all students achieving success with their portfolios. They now have the tricky decision of which college to choose now!

Students will progress to NCAD, DIT, LSAD, IADT and some have offers from Manchester, Liverpool and Central Saint Martins in London.

We will be interviewing for the Fashion and Textile course this month and taking applications on line at:

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LMETB Robert Ballagh Art Awards

Lovely evening in the Drogheda Arts Centre last night at the LMETB Robert Ballagh Awards Exhibition.  It was the first year that there was a Further Education Category included in the competition and we were extremely lucky to have two prize winners from The Drogheda Institute of Further Education.

Adrian Federis won 1st prize in the Further Education Category and Kintija Podina won 2nd prize so DIFE did especially well!

Congratulations to both students.


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Portfolio results pouring in and they are good!


Well what an exciting day it was yesterday! Students received their Portfolio results from both DIT and IADT.  We have never had a year where most students are achieving full scores for their portfolios so we are very happy tutors! Both DIT and IADT score the portfolio our of 600 marks and the majority of our students got the maximum of 600/600 so fantastic results all round.

We are now eagerly awaiting results from NCAD and then our students have some decision making to do! We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students on all their hard work.  If you are considering creating a portfolio of work for 3rd Level colleges we are now taking applications for the Fashion and Textile Portfolio Preparation course and the Art and Design Portfolio Preparation course.

You can apply online at:

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DIT Deadline fast approaching


Students are busy working away on reorganizing their portfolios for the upcoming DIT deadline on Monday and Tuesday.  Portfolios have been recently collected from NCAD and students have various other submissions to IADT, LIT and St. Angelas.

Students are also finishing up assignments for end of year assessments which are also fast approaching and the wait for portfolio results begins.  The QQI Award provides the students with an alternative access route into 3rd Level other than the Leaving Cert.  Most colleges need a minimum of 5 distinctions in a Full Award to secure their college place.

It is an exciting time for students not really knowing where they will be in October!  We wish all our students the very best of luck with their portfolio submissions and look forward to following their progression on to 3rd Level.


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Robert Rauschenberg at the Tate Modern


Wonderful retrospective of the work of Robert Rauschenberg at the Tate Modern in London.  The exhibition explored all aspects of his work and guided the viewer through his distinctive use of alternative media.

An American Post Modernist or Abstract Expressionist are usually the terms associated with Rauschenberg.  He inspired the Pop Art Movement in Art and his career spanned many decades.

Famous for his ‘Combines’ he enjoyed working with found objects and incorporating them into his work.  He used various screen printing techniques that depicted his surroundings and what was happening in America at that particular time.  Themes of Urban decay, social and political incidents and major triumphs of American life were common themes of his work.

Well worth a visit!



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Portfolio Deadline Looming


Its all hands on deck this week as the NCAD deadline is fast approaching.  All students will drop their completed portfolios into The National College of Art and Design this Friday the 10th February.  Students have been working hard to complete the brief and compile all their work.  It has been a busy few months for students as they explored their themes and followed the journey through the portfolio process.

The next big deadline will be DIT in early March where students will reorganize their portfolios and add in additional work.  These deadlines highlight how short our academic year is here in DIFE and once the portfolios have been seen by all the colleges we are under pressure to complete all the QQI work that is required for final certification.  This certification also ensures the matriculation required by the 3rd Level Colleges for progression at this level.

The colleges assess the portfolios and students are graded on their submission.  This can be a stressful time for students waiting to hear how they did at portfolio stage of the application process.  The waiting is the worst!

If anyone is interested in applying for our portfolio courses you can apply on-line at:

We offer QQI Level 5 in Art and Design Portfolio Preparation and QQI Level 5 in Fashion and Textile Design.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students the very best of luck with all their portfolio submissions and whatever the future may hold for them.

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Former students pop in


Lovely visit by former DIFE students Blanche Kirk and Gillian Black. Both ladies are furthering their studies in the Southern Regional College in Newry. They brought examples of their work and sampling and presented our students with yet another option for progression at 3rd level.

Newry offer a part-time foundation course which introduces the students to many disciplines. Through exploration and guidance they can then specialise in their chosen discipline.

All our students are working hard to complete their portfolios for our first deadline which is next week on the 10th of February. Students will travel to Dublin to submit their portfolios for assessment. It is the first stage of the application for NCAD.

We would like to thank Blanche and Gillian for dropping in and wish them every success in their future studies.

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