Erasmus+ work placements
Students from Coláiste Íde's Art Portfolio Preparation course, and those of the Fashion Design Portfolio Preparation course (both QQI Level 5), are feeling the flush of success this week, as they begin their Erasmus+ work placements in Florence, Italy.
While Coláiste Íde's Art and Fashion students have always had a very high rate of success in matriculating to higher education, this year the college has a lot to celebrate, as over 90% of these students received offers from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT), DIT, Grangegorman, and the University of Limerick (UL), with almost three out of every fourstudents being offered first-option placements.
The students will be going on to study, amongst other things, Product Design, Fine Art, and Visual Merchandising, some of the most competitive courses at Ireland's most prestigious fashion and design universities. But, while the mood is celebratory, starting university in September is the furthest thing from the minds of those students lucky enough to have been accepted to the Erasmus+ work placement this year.
Right now, they are distracted by the sensory-overload of Florence, where - amidst the dining, sightseeing and sunshine - they'll be working in some very unique and highly instructive circumstances for the next three weeks.
Erasmus+ is the EU's student exchange programme, offering opportunities for the increased mobility of learners.
This year, students have been placed in a variety of work environments, including prestigious graphic design studios, a fine art gallery, a manufacturer of women's couture, and in community art therapy clinics, all located in and around Pistoia, Florence, at the foot of the Tuscan hills.
The students continue their work placements until the 25th April.