ADVERSITY has been the making of Youghal-based husband and wife team, Donny and Sarah Joyce, who went back to college to study furniture design when they were laid off from their jobs in 2014.
ALSO showcasing their work as part of the Sense/Ability, end-of-year exhibition at Colaiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) will be students from the Art, Craft and Design QQI Level 5, a renowned portfolio course.
It allows students to explore their options before applying for Third Level. Learners gain valuable insights into many art and design disciplines before choosing the most suitable college course to suit their preferred career path.
This exciting educational opportunity was taken up by school leavers Matthew McCarthy and Michaela Nagle. This year they have prepared a portfolio and are now college-ready.
Matthew McCarthy said: “I had considered applying for Languages at UCC, but I thought I might like art better. I figured a year at CSN would help me make my mind up one way or the other.
“The experience has confirmed that art is what I really have a passion for. I’ve secured a place on the Fine Art programme at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, and I’m now committed to pursuing art as a career.”
Michaela Nagle said: “I had considered applying for Interior Design, Journalism and Culinary Studies but I wasn’t entirely happy with any of these choices. I knew I wanted to do something that involved art in some way, so I attended the Open Day at CSN and I was amazed at the quality of work on show. I spoke to some of the students; they all spoke very highly of the course and recommended doing it in order to put a strong portfolio together.
“When I first started Art, Craft and Design, I found some aspects of it, like the still life drawing classes, quite challenging. But after a while I began to find my own style, and learn about what I want to do in the future.
“I have now decided to do Visual Communications at CIT and work towards becoming an illustrator.”
Also showcasing will be students of the Digital Media Two Year BTEC Higher National Diploma, which provides training in areas of web design, animation, compositing, 3D graphics, visual effects, and game design.
Student Dion O’Sullivan said: “ I am so thrilled to discover that Digital Media is something I can turn into a career and this is my plan. I find the concept of putting together an entire interactive website or fully functioning application game still utterly fascinating. Seeing the finished product is even better.
“When I learned I could do a top-up course in the UK, I applied immediately and was accepted. Going abroad to study for a year is both one of the most exciting and daunting things I’d ever had the opportunity to do, and honestly I cannot wait.”