Film and radio students get new school
BUDDING Irish film-makers can look forward to modern training facilities in a new college being built this year.
It signals the end for 20-year-old broadcasting equipment and inappropriate buildings in which students have laboured.
Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe has given the go-ahead for the construction of a new national film school at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT).
The new 1,315sqm school, expected to take a year to complete, will accommodate 385 students, with courses in film, television and radio brought together in one building.
Mr O'Keeffe said the current facility was unsuitable "so the new film school will consolidate media-related disciplines in modern state-of-the-art facilities".
IADT's existing television studio has been adapted from an assembly hall in the original Quadrangle Building.
The new film school will have a dedicated industry-standard television and film studio while the existing studio will be refurbished for use as a bluescreen and digital "black box" facility.
The radio base is in a prefab while the radio newsroom is in a concrete shed with only high-level windows.
Separately, work is expected to start at the end of this year on a 4,200sqm digital media teaching building for 500 IADT students.