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Bray Institute of Further Education

Novara Ave, Bray, Wicklow, Republic of Ireland

Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE), Wicklow, offers a wide range of courses in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

For the past twenty six years Bray Institute of Further Education has been a centre of excellence in the field of Further Education. The Institute is a constituent Institute of the Kildare/Wicklow Education Training Board (KWETB). At present the Institute has over twelve hundred full-time learners studying at Degree, Diploma and Certificate level and three thousand learners on part-time courses.

The Institute has a national profile attracting learners from all over Ireland and abroad. The Institute is only a short journey from Dublin City Centre.

Institute Facilities include:

  • Design Studios
  • Art and Ceramic Studios
  • Multimedia Studios
  • TV and Video Studio
  • Mac Digital Sound Studio
  • DJ Studio
  • Film Editing Studios
  • Graphic Design Studio
  • Library
  • Internet access on all PCs
  • Various Specialised Rooms
  • Wireless availability throughout the campus
  • Playing Pitches and Sports Hall
  • Canteen
  • Therapy Rooms
  • Nine computer labs

Consistently innovative and flexible in its approach, the Institute has maintained its leading role in Further Education. BIFE has established links with Third Level Colleges in Ireland and abroad enabling our graduates to progress to higher education.

Art Portfolio Preparation

This course caters to those applying to third level colleges in order to pursue a career in Art, Craft and Design. It is an intensive year suited to those who are prepared to commit to high work levels in and out of institute hours and short deadlines. The course reinforces an independent work ethic and…

Art, Craft & Design

This is a unique art course as it caters for students who are interested in art, craft and design. The college has extensively equipped specialist art and craft practice rooms: a ceramics studio where a wide range of 3D ceramic skills and techniques can be explored and developed; a print studio which allows students to…

Fine Art

This is a comprehensive two year diploma in art which offers all age groups of students an opportunity to study art practice and art theory within a vibrant and structured programme.This art course offers a pathway for those who wish to apply for advanced entry to year two or three of visual art courses. Past…

Fashion Design

Through a wide range of creative modules, from fashion and textiles to drawing, this course will introduce the learner to important aspects of Fashion. Students will also develop technical skills in embroidery, garment construction and pattern drafting. The course is suitable for students wishing to build a visual portfolio to gain entry to higher education…

Fashion Design HND

This one year Higher National Certificate course will provide learners with the knowledge necessary to further pursue a career in Fashion & Textile design. The course consists of academic & practical workshops in the field of fashion textiles. Final year learners will exhibit their work at our end-of-year exhibition in the Institute.

Fashion Merchandising

This one-year course aims to introduce the student to the planning, buying and selling in the fashion industry. There is a strong emphasis on the creative process of product development; from inception of the range, to manufacturing, through to fashion marketing and promotion. Students will develop an understanding of the design elements of the fashion…

Furniture Design & Cabinet Making

This course facilitates learners through advanced skills of cabinet making using woodworking machinery to manufacture doors, drawers and carcasses, the application of various wookd finishes and techniques. An emphasis will be placed on the key link between the design process, 2D/3D Computer Aided Design and the workshop. Learners will have access to a design studio,…

Furniture Design & Manufacture

This course equips learners with the essential skills of furniture design and making. There are practical classes using hand tools and machinery as well as drawing and design modules. Each student has the opportunity to develop skills so they can produce their own unique pieces of furniture. Learners have access to a design studio, a…

Garden Design

This course will provide learners with unique training and educational opportunities to become part of the horticulture profession. The Institute has extensive grounds and gardens, a large poly-tunnel and laboratories in which the learners can study botany and soil science together with propagation and design theory and practice. The course has a good mixture of…

Graphic Design

Learners undertake a two year Higher National Diploma course which qualifies them to work in this industry. This course will enable learners to explore modern graphic design procedures and develop problem-solving skills. All learners have access to the most up to date computer design facilities using industry standard software such as Adobe suite – Photoshop,…

Horticulture / Garden Design Advanced

This advanced course in Horticulture/Garden design will give students an opportunity to upgrade their skills with intensive training for another academic year. It will enable learners to spend a further year working full-time on their career structure or open up for them a wide variety of career and educational opportunities.


Bray Institute of Further Education
Novara Ave
Bray, Wicklow
Republic of Ireland
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