IT Tralee Students lead the way in Creative Media
The Institute of Technology Tralee, have teamed up with Mercy Secondary School and CBS The Green, Tralee to run an innovative Transition Year Teaching Programme (TYTP), where third year students from the IT, Tralee facilitated Media workshops for Transition Year pupils from both schools.
The programme is an initiative of the Creative Media and Information Technology Department at the Institute of Technology, Tralee where, as part of the departmentâ¿¿s suite of honours degree media programmes, students embark on a work placement in year three. As part of this placement, IT, Tralee students hosted workshops on interactive multimedia, music technology and broadcasting, teaching over 70 second level students a range of skills over a 12 week period. The programme provided an ideal opportunity for the second level students to develop their creative skills through multimedia.
Phillip Doyle, Work Placement Coordinator stated â¿¿the programme was piloted last year with Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School transition year students and proved to be very successful and enjoyable for both the transition year students and the ITT work placement students. It was expanded this year to include the CBS Transition Year Students. It is anticipated the programme will be expanded further next year to include a further four secondary schools in the area.â¿
The ITT students who secured a place on the TYTP for this academic year were; Jim Quinn, Asdee and Daniel Oâ¿¿Connor, Ballybunion (Broadcasting), Fiacre Muller, Tralee and Phill Thomas, Tralee (Music Technology) and Donna Watters, Abbeyfeale and Edel Walsh, Asdee (Interactive Multimedia).
â¿¿This innovative programme affords the transition year students an invaluable opportunity to gain an insight into a number of courses on offer by the Department. This in turn plays a vital role in assisting students when deciding on which career path they should follow, and if they are suited to a career in creative media. The programme further enhances the excellent links we have with secondary schools in our regionâ¿ added Mary Lucey, Head of Department at the Institute of Technology, Tralee.
Phillip Doyle and Mary Lucey also expressed their thanks to the CBS and Mercy Mounthawk for working with the Institute on the project outlining that their commitment to the initiative played a significant role in the programmes success.