"Ideally I would like to be a tour manager for bands and this was the course for me'
Emma Sherlock IADT
Emma Sherlock wants to work in the music industry and was looking for a degree programme that suited her particular needs, when her dad spotted a BA Arts Management course at IADT Dún Laoghaire.
The course is not only unique in Ireland, but Emma hadn't seen anything comparable in France, where she grew up.
"My dad came across IADT and said, 'this is the course for you'," says Emma.
So she passed on an offer of a place to study Spanish and English in France to return to her Dad's home city.
The course brings together business, public relations and event management with the study of arts administration, the music industry and cultural policy.
She paid an early visit to IADT and quickly fell in love with it. "It had a really nice vibe," she says.
The priority for Emma was that the course "fitted exactly what I want to do", but another part of the attraction was the relatively small size of the college and classes. "I felt I could have proper conversations with lecturers if I needed help with anything."
Apart from the academic side, students are guided to build their practical skills, and one of Emma's projects was organising record sales in the college for a few years. "I did that for one of my modules, and I got grades for something I loved doing."
Emma has just completed the four-year degree programme and, looking back, she describes it as "such a good experience" not only for what she learned but for the friends she made.
"I really enjoyed my time there and I am really sad to be gone," says Emma, who returned to Paris for the summer.
"Ideally I would like to be a tour manager for bands," she says and her eyes are fixed on returning to Ireland to pursue her dream. "I like it too much here. Dublin is so small and it's really easy to hear about opportunities."