This page will be updated regularly to keep our continuing students and incoming first-years informed on important matters regarding the re-opening of the IADT campus and their return to studies in September.
Following round one offers on 11th September, registration will open to first-years. Registration will be online this year, information on how to register for the 2020/2021 term is available here.
You will start on 28th September with our First Year Matters (#FYM2020) support and transition programme. Orientation for first-years will take place across the week of the 28th September – 2nd October. Please check back here for further updates on First Year Matters.
The 2020/2021 academic year will begin on 14th September 2020 for our continuing students. During this week, students will receive safety inductions and advice and assistance with learning technologies implemented to support blended learning.
Registration for continuing students will open in mid-August. Registration will be online this year, information on how to register for the 2020/2021 term is available here.
FAQs about returning to IADT
Our reopening is focused on the essential needs of all students and staff, ensuring a safe working and studying environment for everyone. We are preparing to have as much face-to-face teaching for students as we can while being compatible with social distancing guidelines. There will be a number of safety protocols in place for the physical reopening and respecting these COVID-19 measures and guidelines is central to protecting ourselves and, most particularly, our more vulnerable colleagues and peers during this difficult time. In addition, there is visible signage to assist you around the campus and to help you observe these protocols which are aligned with HSE and Government guidelines.
We appreciate this is a very difficult time for students but please rest assured that IADT staff are working hard to make this year the best possible experience for you, whilst maintaining high-quality learning experiences.
Students, please be advised that in accordance with current Public Health guidelines, IADT will require Staff and Students to wear face coverings in all instances where safe physical/social distancing cannot be maintained. You must bring your own reusable face covering when attending IADT during the next academic year. Information on the use of face coverings, and instructions on how to make a face covering, is available on the HSE website.
When will the 2020/2021 academic year begin?
The 2020/2021 academic year will begin for returning students on the 14th of September. 1st year students will start on the 28th of September. Orientation will take place across the week of the 21st to the 25th of September. Registration will be online this year. Information on how to register and key dates for the 2020/2021 term are available here.
How will I register for this year?
All students will be emailed by mid to late August with information on online registration for the academic year 2020/21.
For continuing students, they will be emailed on their student email address only so please make sure you can access this. If you have forgotten your password, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ICT will reset it for you. For all new students, you will be emailed via the email address you supplied during your application process.
How will I get information on my timetable?
Work on the timetable for 2020-21 is ongoing and your course coordinator will inform you of the details for your specific course.
Who should I contact in relation to information on my course?
Contact details for each course can be found under the ‘Courses’ section of the website. Simply search for your course and you will find the appropriate contact details for your department.
What will the format for teaching be this year/ How will courses be delivered?
The format for teaching will be ‘blended learning’, which combines online and face-to-face elements such as offering online lectures for some class groupings and offering face-to-face seminars, tutorials for smaller groups.
What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning combines online and face-to-face elements such as offering online lectures for some class groupings and offering face-to-face seminars, tutorials for smaller groups. As much face-to-face teaching and learning as is feasible will be provided, subject to prevailing public health requirements (which may continue to evolve over the course of the academic year).
How will labs/studio teaching work?
As the current pandemic and social distancing guidelines evolve we will have more information for students regarding how labs and studio practice will be run. At present, we are hopeful that the entire campus will be accessible to students in smaller groupings.
How will I be assessed?
As the current pandemic and social distancing guidelines evolve we will have more information for students regarding how students will be assessed. At present, it is envisioned that some assessments will be online or completed on campus in small groupings.
Will my Erasmus exchange go ahead in 2020/2021?
At present, students Erasmus will go ahead for 2020/2021. Most of the students will be heading abroad in term 2 (January 2021).
I have accepted my place at IADT but now do not wish to travel because of concerns around COVID-19. Will my deposit be refunded?
All registered students of IADT, who have paid fees for 2020/2021, can receive a full refund of fees paid provided they formally withdraw prior to 31 October 2020. The majority of IADT courses do not require deposits; further information on Fees/Grants can be found here.
Can I defer my place to September 2021?
Yes, of course but it’s a big decision and you should think thoroughly about it. Our deferral policy hasn’t changed – CAO applicants should contact the Admissions office and continuing student should access deferral information. You can find all the information you need to do this here.
Will deadlines for application/acceptance/documents/registration be affected?
All CAO deadline for 2020/21 have now passed. Information on application deadlines is available here.
I am having difficulty getting the documents required for admission. What can I do?
In recognition of the COVID-19 crisis, IADT will be as flexible as possible in the documentation we will accept. Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be able to help with your query.
My school/university is closed due to COVID-19 and I have been unable to complete my exams/degree programme. Can I still be admitted?
I am unable to provide the documents required for a study visa application. What can I do?
Study visas are issued by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of the Department of Justice and Equality. If you require a visa you should apply in plenty of time.
I may not be able to arrive in Dublin in time for the start of my programme. How late can I arrive?
We will try to be as flexible as possible with your situation. You should contact us on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can help advise you on start dates for your specific programme.
Are applications still open for 2020/21?
Yes, for some Advanced Entry, some Postgraduate and Certificate programmes – please see dates here.
Should I still apply even if I can’t leave my country at the moment?
What if I cannot travel to Dublin for the start of my course?
We will try to be as flexible as possible around student travel restrictions. We would advise you to contact us on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org so that we are aware of your situation and help to advise you.
How is IADT reopening its campus?
As we plan a resumption of activities in line with the Government’s Return to Work Safely Protocol it is important to emphasise that the safety of our students and staff is paramount. In the past number of months, we have worked together with our Student Union. We will approach the next steps collaboratively and keep our students informed at each step. As we take these steps, a shared responsibility is essential to protect against the spread of Covid-19.
Will access on campus be restricted?
As the current pandemic and social distancing guidelines evolve, we will have more information regarding the full re-opening of our campus. Appropriate signage will be placed in all areas of the campus to help guide students.
What Library facilities are available?
The Library is currently closed but all online collections are available 24hrs a day. The virtual library service is available from your home where you can access our electronic resources, online catalogue, eBooks and databases. Opening hours will be reviewed for the beginning of term.
What Student Support services will be available?
The Student Experience Team and the Student’s Union will continue to provide inclusive support services to all students of the institute. Please see above and visit the Student Experience webpage to find out more about supports available.
How can I get IT support?
An email can be sent to the IADT IT Support Desk by emailing email@example.com. Make sure to include your name and student number. The email must have a valid subject in order for it to be accepted by the Service Desk mail server.
What will the course fees be for this year?
Information on fees for 2020/2021 can be found here.
I am experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, what support is available?
We understand studying at third level can be financially demanding. Please visit our Student Finance and Scholarships page for further information on supports available. Should you be experiencing financial difficulty please contact the Access Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Student Union Welfare Officer at email@example.com for further advice.
I am a student who falls under one of the higher risk categories identified by the HSE, what should I do?
All students who fall under a higher risk group should follow HSE advice available at www.hse.ie. Please notify your Head of Department as soon as possible to make them aware of your personal circumstances. Where possible, academic staff will plan arrangements to allow you to complete your scheduled activities online.
Will I have to self-isolate if I am travelling from outside the country?
At present, those arriving into Ireland are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days and are required to complete a passenger locator form to show where they are staying. It is understood changes could apply from August or earlier, although there is no clarity on this at present.
What decision will I make about booking accommodation?
Teaching will be delivered by a combination of online and face-to-face elements such as offering online lectures for some class groupings and offering face-to-face seminars, tutorials for smaller groups. As much face-to-face teaching and learning as is feasible will be provided, subject to prevailing public health requirements (which may continue to evolve over the course of the academic year).
Students who delay their search for accommodation may find it difficult to find their preferred type of accommodation, closer to the start of the academic year. Students who do not have accommodation booked at the beginning of the academic year should contact the Student Union Welfare Officer firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I get accommodation?
IADT currently does not have any on-campus accommodation, nor does it maintain a formal accommodation list. We advise students to consult relevant websites, newspapers and local community notices which provide good information on available accommodation. Additional information and a link to Students’ Union Accommodation Facebook page can be found here.
Student Supports Available
The Student Experience team and the Student’s Union are available to offer support to all IADT students across the 2020/2021 academic year. Due to the current pandemic, some services may operate remotely at times throughout the term, however this will not impact the quality level of support available to students.
Visit Student Experience for full details of the support services available at IADT.
Meet your new Students’ Union
IADT Students’ Union represents and supports all students. It’s run by students with elected representatives from each class on Union Council. Its functions include representing the student body at an academic level, offering advice on welfare, finances and education.
Please note any dates provided here are provisional and are subject to Government guidelines.
Although this page is being regularly updated, we are aware that the situation is evolving rapidly. The latest information for the public is available on the HSE website.