President Higgins officially opens IADT Film School

President Higgins officially opens IADT Film School

3/12/2013 | Institute of Art, Design & Technology (

The new National Film School Building at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology (IADT) was opened on Tuesday, 26th November 2013 by Uachtaráin na hÉireann / President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at a ceremony attended by leading representatives from Ireland’s film and television industry, higher education, cultural organisations, and government departments, as well as staff and students.

The €7.5 m government funded, and film industry sponsored, project provides state of the art facilities for education and training in film and television production and features two professional TV / film studios with fully HD equipment, one of which has green-screen capabilities; two radio studios, one of which is for making of radio programmes with full technical and creative teams, while the other is for individual self-operation; along with control rooms, lecture rooms, a broadcast newsroom, offices and ancillary spaces to support television, film and radio production.

Commenting at the official opening ceremony, Dr Annie Doona, President of IADT said, “This facility represents a significant investment for IADT and for Ireland; we at IADT have always believed in the words of Benjamin Franklin — “An investment in knowledge pays the best investment”.

The construction project of the National Film School facility was managed by Collen Construction Ltd, and designed by John Parker of ABK Architects. Other members of the project team included, Homan O’Brien Associates, Punch Consulting Engineers and Healy Kelly Turner Townsend.


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