DIT's Fine Arts students have sent a letter of complaint expressing their dissatisfaction with the facilities at their new campus...
Fine Art students say that they are unhappy with the new campus facilities in Grangegorman and demand solutions from DIT.
A group of Fine Art students submitted a letter of complaint to Kieran Corcoran, Head of Design in DIT, showing growing anger regarding the lack of storage space, wall space and desks available to them.
“As art students, what we require, and what we feel we are entitled to, is storage space for our work, wall space to display our art, and a permanent desk that we feel safe to leave unfinished projects and equipment in,” they said.
In the current teaching conditions they felt that they could not ‘flourish’ and were ‘outraged’ with the facilities in place. The students felt ‘neglected and pushed aside’ but were willing to co-operate and offer solutions to the problems they outlined.
Kieran Corcoran was happy to respond to their letter ‘because it is an important matter for students as well as staff’.
In relation to issues raised by fine art students he said that sufficient plan chests have now been provided including the purchase of 50 new units, project spaces have been identified and will be allocated in the next week, 170 free lockers have been provided along with another 60 ordered and fixed worktops will be removed to allow for extra wall space.
“It has been a major challenge for us to move four design programmes, our fine art programme and two humanities programmes from their two previous locations to the new campus at Grangegorman,” he said.
“Students and colleagues in the School of Art, Design and Printing are now co-located for the first time. The facilities at Grangegorman are intended to be quite different from those in Mountjoy Square and Portland Row, including an entirely different configuration of studios and workshops,” said Corcoran.
The move to Grangegorman has been a huge undertaking for management in DIT and problems continue to arise every day but staff are working swiftly to fix these.
“Programme teams have been meeting weekly to deal with glitches and snags brought to our attention by students since classes started. We are determined not to allow these problems to undermine the huge positives around the new campus,” he said.
Staff encourage as much feedback as possible from students and a Campus Implementation Group plans to have a ‘lessons learnt’ workshop to help to inform the next phases of the move to Grangegorman and they would welcome student participation in that workshop.