GMIT Letterfrack is a National Centre of Excellence that provides honours degree level programmes in furniture design, wood technology and teacher training to address the requirements of industry and education in Ireland. Currently the college has 250 full-time students studying on a range of degree programmes.
Established in 1987, GMIT Letterfrack has delivered programmes related to all aspects of the furniture industry. A common first year enables students to develop all necessary skills required for designing and producing fine furniture. Depending on specific programme choice, students begin to specialise in either design, technology or education in year two.
Graduates contribute to and influence the fields of furniture and wood product design, education, technology and manufacture in ways that are innovative, creative and responsive to the ongoing development of the Irish economy.
GMIT Letterfrack has well established relations with the Irish furniture and wood products industry and has links with colleges in Europe and the USA. In addition, it partners with a broad range of progressive and advanced manufacturing companies, located throughout the world, as part of a substantial work placement module on all industry programmes.
As part of its teacher training programme for technological subjects up to Leaving Certificate, GMIT Letterfrack links with post-primary schools throughout Ireland for student school placements.
Excellence is at the core of a student centred approach to teaching and learning within GMIT Letterfrack. Graduates attain a range of key skills linked to their programme choice and emphasis is placed on quality project-based learning. Exceptional facilities are complimented by a highly dedicated staff and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit on one of the scheduled Open Days throughout the year.
Programmes on the campus are supported by Connemara West Development PLC(a community and rural development organisation based in Letterfrack).
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