Design West – Ireland

June 22 – July 5
Credits: 3 Undergraduate Studio Credits
Course Number: IPD-3157-A
Tuition: $3,400

Faculty: Brankica Harvey, Ken Deegan

Design West is an international summer design school located in the beautiful village of Letterfrack in Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland. For two weeks next summer participants will get the opportunity to work with leading international designers from renowned studios across Europe.

Unplugging from our hectic everyday working lives—commuting, cell phones, deadlines, media saturation—participants will immerse themselves in the wild and rugged Connemara landscape and use it both as a mode of research and as a source of inspiration. Summer is a time for exploration and discovery, for meeting new people and taking on new challenges. It is also a time to get away from the grind of ‘the everyday’ and to reflect upon one’s role and purpose as a designer. Design West offers the perfect environment for studying design in a non-urban environment—away from the noise of the city and the pressures of deadlines.

Students will participate in a journey of discovery, learning, reflection, adventure and making.  The course will take place at the GMIT campus in Letterfrack which boasts CAD, CNC technology, laser equipment, robotics and digital manufacturing, all ideal for the realization of 2D and 3D design expressions. The campus has excellent Wi-Fi connectivity. In the rural setting beyond the campus, connectivity is weaker, an opportunity for students at Design West to ‘unplug’ from the busy world of design and gain new perspectives.

Tuition Includes: Student apartments with shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom all within a two-minute walk from the college campus. Welcome and farewell meals and all local transportation during the program.
Please note airline transportation is not included.

For further information, please contact Michelle Mercurio at