Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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Deirdre Kelleghan

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Deirdre Kelleghan
Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of.
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DIT is a very modern institution but with a fascinating history that dates back to 1887. Now, it ranks as one of the largest and most innovative institutions of higher education in Ireland, with more than 20,000 students enrolled on full and part-time programmes, from apprenticeship to post-doctoral research.

DIT is an exciting place to be a student. We are proud of our excellent reputation in the arts and media, business and finance, engineering and the sciences, architecture and planning, social sciences and law, tourism and food. Our programmes are career focused, combining academic excellence with practice-based learning. Our aim is to ensure that our students graduate successfully, prepared to play their part in society and capable of adapting to a changing international environment.

Academic achievement is important, but the whole student experience includes every aspect of life. While DIT is a large institution, our students work together in small teams and quickly get to know one another as well as the academic and support staff. Students are encouraged to become involved in some of the many societies and sports clubs on campus, to participate fully in campus life and to be open to getting to know new people and making good friends.

We look forward to welcoming you to DIT and becoming part of our community.