Making sweet music in Galway Bay
Despite the city's famous association with the creative arts, NUI Galway has never offered a degree programme in music.
That is changing next year with a four-year BA Music, which will also involve the study of another subject, such as psychology, legal studies, information technology or languages.
However, despite not having a music department, NUI Galway has had an orchestra for 15 years.
Our picture, taken at Silver Strand, Barna, Co Galway, shows orchestra members, third-year medicine student Niamh O'Connor and Gilles Dupuoy, a PhD student in molecular science, marking the launch of the new music degree.
Other new four-year arts offerings available at NUI Galway from September 2018 include the BA Film and Digital, which includes internships with media and arts organisations; the BA International, which allows students to study abroad in year three; the BA Arts and Data Science, combining arts with maths, IT and data science modules.