Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) was established as an autonomous higher education institution within the Institutes of Technology sector on April 1st, 1997. On that day, Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, with its 450 students, was incorporated in the new institute and has developed since as our School of Creative Arts. Two Schools were established ab-initio. The School of Creative Technologies and the School of Business & Humanities enrolled their first students in October 1998. In 2012 the three academic schools were amalgamated into two faculties: Faculty of Enterprise and Humanities and Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technology. Today, IADT has 2,300 full-time students, 800 part-time students and is set to grow to 3,000+ full-time places. IADT has built an international reputation in the creative, cultural and digital media sectors and is also a valued educational and enterprise partner in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown and the wider Dublin and East Coast region.
The origins of the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design can be traced to a response by what was then titled the Borough of Dun Laoghaire Vocational Education Committee (VEC) to a local need of school leavers for a portfolio course to prepare for entry to colleges of art and design. From this modest beginning, the College grew in reputation to become one of the leading art, design and film schools in the country. A one-year pre-diploma course in art and design was established in the Technical Institute in Dun Laoghaire in the late 1960’s and was developed to become the first art foundation course in Ireland.