The Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture (YAADA) is based at ATU Sligo in the north-west of Ireland.



YAADA currently offers 7 areas of study, with courses at BA, BA Hons, BArch and MA or NFQ Levels 7 – 9.



CAO Applications are available for all courses – see more information on Atlantic Technological University Sligo



For more information yaada.sligo@atu.ie

Showcase 2022

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Showcase by Year

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2022 Student Showcase

2023 Student Showcase

Graduate Stories

ATU Welcome to showcase 2022

Dr Orla Flynn, President ATU
Dr Brendan McCormack, ATU Head of Sligo College

On behalf of the Atlantic Technological University community, I would like to welcome you all to the 2022 Creative Showcase.

After two years of delivering the experience virtually I am delighted to join with the Head of the ATU Sligo College Dr Brendan McCormack in welcoming the event back on campus. This means that students, staff and visitors can walk the corridors of the ATU and experience first-hand the amazing creative output from our students. In April 2022, IT Sligo merged with GMIT and LYIT to become the Atlantic Technological University. This is a momentous development for higher education in the west and north-west; we are now one university for a unique and diverse region which is larger than Wales! This development has opened many opportunities to build a strong focus on education for the creative practices and to widen access to and enhance the range of creative disciplines available to learners.

The establishment three years ago of the Yeats Academy of Art, Design& Architecture, within the Faculty of Engineering and Design, has given the staff and students a strong sense of identity and common sense of purpose. YAADA is now a recognised beacon of creativity in the northwest, building a strong reputation for creativity across all its many disciplines in the region and wider afield.

During the last 2 years, our students overcame considerable challenges to build their talent through an extraordinarily difficult (remote)medium of learning and we have a hugely impressive show of their work on display this year. Having said that, over the last two years while our Creative Showcase was presented in digital formal this did allow our students to explore how best to present themselves and their creative work through this medium, which itself was a powerful learning experience. The world of the arts was extremely disrupted over the past two years and there has been a groundswell of appreciation of the importance of the arts and how they have captured the national mood, uplifted the nation’s spirit and inspired the country to move forward. It is wonderful that this year we can gather together again to appreciate the creative arts in person, to collaborate in its development and applaud its success. I would like to thank all of the contributors to the Yearbook and to acknowledge the work of academic and technical staff who supported the students in the creation of their work. I look forward to seeing the Showcase!

Dr Orla Flynn,
President ATU

Dr Brendan McCormack,
ATU Head of Sligo College

I would like to congratulate this year’s graduating students and wish them every success with their future creative endeavours. This showcase is a celebration and an important testimony of what they have achieved already.

This is the fourth year to publish the Yeats Academy Yearbook and the first year under the newly formed Atlantic Technological University (ATU). We are delighted to be backon campus for our end-of-year Creative Showcase. After two years of virtual shows, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is wonderful to be able to celebrate and admire our final year students’ creativity in person.It is an exciting time for ATU Sligo since we became a Technological University on April 1st 2022. As we integrate with ATU Galway and Donegal and incorporate St Angela’s, our vision is that the Creative & Cultural Arts, which are so central in the West and Northwest of Ireland will play a pivotal role in this new university. Our Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture (YAADA),which will soon see the completion of refurbishing buildings in the creative hub on the Northern campus, will be a key player in these formative university times. Sincere thanks to our Yeats Academy staff who provided such a rich educational experience. They encouraged each of our students to

develop their unique imagination and creativity to help them acquir ethe knowledge, skills and experience needed to find their distinctive voice as an actor, architect, artist, designer or writer. I am very proud of what the Yeats Academy, both students and staff, have achieved particularly in this last two and a half years during these COVID-19 times. An end-of-year show would not happen without a great team of people on board. A special thank you to our Yeats Academy academic and technical staff who supported the students, our ATU Sligo administration, marketing, communications and estates teams, the award sponsors, our event manager Oli Melia and the YAADA Head of Department Emmet O’Doherty. Congratulations to the students on their remarkable achievements and wishing them every success in their future creative endeavours. I hope this yearbook and the Creative Showcase inspires future potential students to come to ATU Sligo, to push the parameters of their creativity and to pursue their dreams.

Úna Parsons, Head of the Faculty of Engineering & Design, ATU Sligo


Emmet O’Doherty
Head of the Yeats Academy of Arts, design & Architecture
Welcome to the 2022 Yeats Academy Creative Showcase. This Showcase is a celebration of the innovative work of our students and staff over this academic year, and my opportunity to say congratulations and well done to all.

This online repository is a great resource for current and future students, as they not only compile
incredible projects of the highest quality, but they also captures the zeitgeist of the department’s evolution and our students responses to the salient issues of our time.

This Yearbook shows the strength of diversity in our programme offerings, and why we continue to
attract high quality students and staff to contribute to the vision of
the department and to continue the lineage of creative thinking and
practice which has been so strong in the north-west. It also presents
the Department’s commitment to investing time in enabling students
and staff to flourish, embracing academic innovation, curiosity,
and creativity. It

demonstrates that we are leaders in our field and our expertise lies in applying Creative
Culture as a platform from which to pursue key social goals and embrace
our role as the educational centre
in the region supporting discourse and social engagement around the
transformative role of the Arts. The Department continues to make connections through teaching, research and engagement and there are a number of exciting
developments and collaborations that will come to fruition over
the coming years, especially with other departments within our new University. Leading this Department is a true pleasure, and I thank all of our students, staff and many visitors.

I hope you enjoy every aspect of the Showcase.

Go raibh maith agat as léamh agus tá
súil agam go mbainfidh tú taitneamh
as ár mbliainiris 2022.

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