End of Year Exhibition

Students from 4 groups; Art: Portfolio Preparation QQI Level 5; Drawing & Visual Inquiry QQI Level 6; Animation QQI Level 6 and Furniture Making and Design QQI Level 5 will be showing the results of their year’s hard work May 26th – May 31st in Dominican Hall, The Claddagh, from 10:00am until 4:00pm excluding Sunday. The opening reception will take place at 7pm on Thursday 25th May.  Paul Fahy, Artistic Director, Galway International Arts Festival will formally open the exhibition.



While all GTI courses last for one year, our students return at all stages of their learning to enhance and develop new skills. GTI students recognise the unique educational environment it provides and they often return for further formal learning arrangements.


Ross Gibbons completed the Furniture Making & Design course in 2006. In his words “ the Furniture course at GTI was a major stepping stone in my path to pursue a teaching career…I am delighted to be back teaching the class as part of my Diploma in Education at NUI Galway this year”.


David McLoughlin was a student of the Art: Portfolio Preparation and Drawing & Visual Inquiry courses. He now studies Animation at Limerick School of Art and Design and as part of his final year work placement this year worked  with GTI Animation students. He also assisted with the teaching and integration of 4 Finnish Animation students at GTI as part of their Erasmus+ placements.


Reputation for Excellence

GTI has acquired a reputation for educational excellence and for providing a supportive learning environment; GTI students are always warmly welcomed by higher education institutions. The Art: Portfolio Preparation course has an unrivalled reputation in obtaining high scores from all the Irish and UK  Art and Design colleges. This foundation course is an  essential  element in art and design skills, knowledge and concepts by all the higher institutions of art and design in Ireland. Graduates of this course are proven to be more likely to stay on the course at degree level and to achieve higher grades in their final examinations.


There is a clear progression pathway from the level 6 courses at GTI directly into the second year of  a relevant degree programme. 


GTI graduates have also been making headlines. Deirdre Duffy of Wild Cocoon textiles won  the Irish Accessory Designer of the Year and Overall Innovation Award winner at the Fashion Innovation Awards this year.  Gearoid Muldowney and Joanne Butler of Superfolk Design Studio are going from strength to strength. Closer to home, more recent past students Patricia Bomba and Miceal de Brun are exhibiting with their fellow third year GMIT art and design course graduates, in the NUI Galway quadrangle art gallery.



GTI is the largest provider of Erasmus+ placements in Ireland. 14 students from the Drawing & Visual Inquiry and Animation level 6 courses embarked on their Erasmus+ placements in Finland this year. This is a fully funded three week work placement. Our students got to work in state of the art animation studios. Art students worked in highly reputable institutions such as Pori Art Museum, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki and at EMMA, Espoo during the installation and opening of a major Joseph Beuys/Olafur Eliasson exhibition.

9 Finnish students have been part of the everyday life at GTI this year. Birgit Harinen from Omnia College, Helsinki has been working at iSupply for her placement and has worked on a number of GTI design projects including our animation poster. Lotta Serpilä and Matthias Kaakinen of Hyria College Hyvinkaa will be exhibiting their painting as part of the GTI student exhibition.

Visual Expression

The result of this thrumming hive of activity is the GTI student exhibition. Please come and enjoy the visual expression of our students’ remarkable journeys. There will be experimental drawing, energising painting, innovative furniture design and animation to make you smile.