A step forward for university Arts degree in Kilkenny

Next year, for the first time ever, people living in Kilkenny will be able to study the first year of a university Arts degree on a campus in the city.

Next year, for the first time ever, people living in Kilkenny will be able to study the first year of a university Arts degree on a campus in the city.

NUI Maynooth is to roll out a new scheme that will allow students of that institution to study the first year of their Arts degree at its campus adjacent to St Kieran’s College on College Road. The university is holding an open day this Saturday, November 10, to provide more infomation on the concept.

“Previously, if you were from Kilkenny and wanted to study a degree like this, you had to go elsewhere,” says Mary Butler, First Arts Project Manager at NUIM.

“There was a cohort of students in the area then who couldn’t access third-level education, maybe for reasons of travel or the expense of accomodation elsewhere. Some families are down an income and can’t afford to send people away.”

The course still comes with the range of scholarships and supports available on the main campus. There are also a number of trips and liaisons with the main campus, both social and otherwise. After first year, the remainder of the degree is completed on the Maynooth campus.

“It’s first step Kilkenny, second step Maynooth,” says Ms Butler.

“It will give people a chance to dip their toe in the water, and it’s close to home. There are no lecture halls of 400 students – it is 20 to 30 people, student-centred learning.”

The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth is holding an open day next Saturday at 12pm. All students who would like to find out more about taking the first year of their BA degree close to home in a friendly, learner-centred environment – before moving to the main NUI Maynooth Campus for second and third year – are invited to attend.

There will be a guide to First Arts, mature feedback and information, advice from each of the departments

Further information and a timetable for the open day can be found at www.nuim.ie/kilkenny.