Department of Creative Arts Media and Music

Department of Creative Arts Media and Music

Welcome to the Department of Creative Arts, Media & Music.

It has been a busy and successful first academic year for the new Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music since its establishment in September 2015. The Department is home to an exciting and innovative range of programmes and has hosted numerous events, as well as travelling globally to engage in international events. One year on, the Department is looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of students onto the innovative suite of programmes it has to offer and help them in their quest for similar success.

 The formation of the new Department in September 2015 was very exciting for staff and students as the Institute sought out new opportunities to grow and develop its offering to students, and for students and staff to collaborate on new and innovative ideas. Bringing together programmes in areas of music, film and creative media, the Department is the creative hub of the Institute and is located in the state of the art Carroll Building, complete with TV and recording studios, performance venues and discipline specific lab spaces. The new Department also has an important role to play in the Institute as it fulfils many of the Institute’s strategic objectives in the areas of outreach and engagement and research, while continuing to provide an enriching and supportive learning environment for students. The new Department will ensure that DkIT is at the forefront of Creative Arts Education in Ireland, while simultaneously celebrating the rich cultural heritage and talents of the region in which it is located.  

Contribution to Institute Life

The new Department has made significant contribution to centenary commemorations at the Institute.

  • Music students played at the flag raising ceremony on Proclamation Day and presented a concert of traditional music related to and inspired by the Rising entitled Éirí Arís.
  • Final year Creative Media students developed projects with a theme of ‘Independence’ and showcased their work at the 2016 Fís exhibition in the Carroll Building.
  • A postgraduate student has just completed a scholarly edition of Ómós don Phiarsach which was composed by Aloys Fleischmann in 1979 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Patrick Pearse.

Other concerts and performances include:

  • Two choir concerts
  • a musical developed by staff and students in the Department entitled In Good Company
  • a classical music showcase
  • Campus Unplugged featuring performances of contemporary music
  • a music production showcase
  • a puppet show
  • showcase of scenes by theatre students
  • a performance by faculty from Old Dominion University at DkIT
  • contemporary music showcase with Rehabcare
  • a new music marathon in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre.
  • Students have also performed at events in Dublin and Limerick and staff and students performed at various events over the summer including the Rostrevor Choral Festival, Body and Soul, and Vantastival.


International Success and Collaboration

The DkIT Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Ensemble has continued to develop its reputation on the international stage and was chosen once again to perform at the International Society for Music Education Conference held in Glasgow in July. As part of their Scottish tour, they also performed at Speyfest 2016. Symbolic of the new synergies that have been created in the new Department, two students from the BA (Hons) Film and Television programme were funded to accompany the tour and create a television documentary for broadcast this autumn.

Awards and success

  • ‘Comedy and Entertainment’ Category at the Royal Television Society Awards
  • the selection of fourth year project Where’s My Ladies for the IFI Spotlight event in April, which previously won the 2015 Best Documentary Award at the Fingal Film Festival.
  • Niall Gallagher from Year 3 of the BA Communications and Creative Multimedia was awarded the Grand Prize in Adobe's Take Ten Contest and 4Youth,
  • a project devised by four Creative Media students was shortlisted for an eir Spider award in the Best in Charity and Non-for-profit category.
  • A documentary completed by Alannah Murray, a second year student on the BA (Hons) Film and Television Production programme, was selected for screening at the Galway Film Fleadh
  • a documentary by a student on the BA Video and Film Production, Karl Walsh from Balbriggan, was selected for screening at the Guth Gafa festival in Kells, Co. Meath.
  • BA (Hons) Applied Music graduate Carrie McCarthy was awarded 2nd prize in the Ninth Annual Council of Heads of Music in Higher Education Undergraduate Musicology Competition.

Other notes

  • Attendance at IDIG-2016 in the RDS, the Output Music Conference in Belfast.
  • Two music research colloquia and the Picteilin Creative Media Conference.
  • Many of the staff have presented at academic conferences and events during the year and have had work performed and presented at a number of events.

We look forward to continued success, creativity and growth.