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Ballyfermot College of Further Education

(01) 626 6754
Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Ballyfermot College of Further Education offers courses in Animation, Games, Art, Design, Digital Media, Music, TV, Film, Business, Tourism, Social Care, and Community Education.

BCFE is a college of further and higher education providing vocational education through the provision of excellent teaching and guidance in a caring and supportive learning environment.

Recognising our position within the City of Dublin ETB we have a responsibility to provide educational opportunity and support to all and in particular to our local community.

Mindful of the role of education in encouraging active citizenship we strive to create a culture of critical engagement with global social justice issues. We thereby aspire to provide an educational framework that encourages graduates to meaningfully contribute to their community, both local and global.

Conscious of our educational tradition we continue to be innovative and creative in the provision of courses to meet the needs of our present and prospective students.

Our courses provide students with relevant qualifications and competencies enabling them to succeed in work and in further studies.

Art, Design and 3D Studies Portfolio Course

This course is a one year portfolio course with an emphasis on three dimensional work, from both design and fine art sculptural aspects. Students are taught the necessary skills to research all ideas visually through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and design. All projects are purposely broad enough to allow students to build up a portfolio…

Art, Design and Mixed Media Portfolio Course

Art, Design, and Mixed Media is a broad one year Fine Art and Design Portfolio Course with a long history of success with NCAD, DIT, IADT, LSAD and international colleges. The course enables students to develop creative and conceptual ability and skills across the key areas of Fine Art practice,- Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Print-making, Combined…

Art, Graphics and Printmaking Portfolio Course

This course enables students to create and produce an interesting and dynamic portfolio of work. It offers students a balance between traditional methods of art making such as drawing, painting, print making, figures studies, alongside digital photography and computer graphic design, resulting in an integrated portfolio. A one week field trip takes place in the…

Higher National Diploma in Music and Event Management

Do you want to run a Record Label, plan a tour for a band or artist, organise an event, work at a festival? Have you got what it takes to work in the Music Industry Then the Music Management Course is for you. Students on this course learn about the Music Business and how it…

Computer Games and Interactive Entertainment Development
Game Design Higher National Diploma

Our Game Design Higher National Diploma provides you with the skills required to turn your own pen & paper designs into fully-functional interactive products, using industry-standard tools, theory, and techniques. Use cutting-edge technology to bring your ideas to life. Then test them out online with the gaming community. Many of our graduates have gone on…

Classical and Computer Animation

This course gives budding artists the chance to express themselves artistically through the medium of animation, both classical (hand-drawn) and computer generated. This dynamic course provides the skills to take individual and group projects from conception to completion. The course aims to enable the student to develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques…

Higher National Diploma in Design (Visual Communications)

The Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design at Ballyfermot College of Further Education is an intense, rigorous and professional programme, which aims to mould learners into confident and skilled graphic design practitioners. This Higher National Diploma has been running with great success for nearly thirteen years and has developed an outstanding reputation for both the…

Visual Effects and 3D Technology

When BCFE animation graduate Richie Baneham won an Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards it was for Best Visual Effects on the film Avatar. Visual Effects (VFX) involves combining live action and digitally created images together to create everything from placing real actors on a digital set through to adding fire into a fireplace scene…

Higher National Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance (Rock School)

This course is aimed at students who aspire to become professional musicians and who want to learn about the Music Industry. This course creates a working environment in which students can develop skills of self expression, musical composition, presentation and performance. Live performances in the college and at city centre venues are an exciting and…

Higher National Diploma in Irish Traditional Music Performance

This course is suitable for musicians/singers who wish to pursue a career in traditional music. The course is practical in nature with an emphasis on performance. Students perform on a regular basis in various venues throughout Dublin and beyond. In 2nd year students are expected to record, engineer and produce their own CD, using College…

Higher National Diploma in Music Production

This Music Production course involves technical operations of modern sound equipment and music technology. It aims to equip students with a skill set that allows them to enter a career or follow further academic pursuits within this discipline. Students work with performers and musicians in the recording studios to produce master tracks and other media.…

Music Management and Production

The course will give students an introduction to one of the two main disciplines of the music industry, depending on the strand selected by the student. The course offers two strands in the areas of music engineering and music performance each offering a different certification. The course is designed to enable students to develop the…

Interactive Digital Media Production

This course provides an introduction to Digital Media with a strong focus on giving students the opportunity to gain skills and to learn the fundamentals of Multimedia, Web Design and Graphic Design. The course is ideally suited to those who wish to up-skill in the dynamic area of digital media. Students gain a wide range…

Animation Drawing Studies

OVERVIEW Animation Drawing Studies is a comprehensive foundation programme. It has a particular emphasis on the development of strong drawing skills whilst offering a broad introduction to animation. COURSE CONTENT Animation Drawing Studies Animation Layout Design Multimedia Authoring Craft and Design Communications Drawing Figure Studies Painting Sculpture Work Experience

Higher National Diploma in Illustration

Illustration is a highly specialized discipline within the field of Visual Communication. In our unique course, the students will not only focus on developing their drawing, painting and media skills, but will also learn to regard their work in terms of commercial viability. Students will be actively encouraged to develop a range of illustrative styles…

Higher National Diploma in Journalism

A practical journalism course that prepares you to work across all platforms: print, broadcast journalism, online journalism, mobile journalism and social media. First years get to work in our simulated digital newsroom and our hi-tech radio and television studios.Using the latest software, you will produce the college newspaper which has won a series of SMEDIA…

BA (Hons) Degree in Media Production Management

This is a unique production management programme for individuals who wish to work in the media industry as producers. It is a one year progression course for students who have successfully completed a Higher National Diploma in Media (or a related area) and have already accumulated a minimum of 120 ETCS. It is an honours…

BA (Hons) Visual Media in Animation/Game Design

OVERVIEW CDA A: BA (Hons) Visual Media Animation Pathway This course allows the students to develop and integrate their technical and academic skills in a structured way. It aims to develop in the student a balance between the conceptualist, the artist, the storyteller and the technician. At honours level the learning is largely self-directed and…

Higher National Diploma in Design and Technology (UX,UI)

This course prepares students for work in the web design industry. Coding languages covered over the duration of the course include HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, SQL and PHP. Students also cover responsive design required for optimising websites for mobile and tablet interfaces in terms of the visual interface design concepts and the coding required to achieve…

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