FUNDING of €4,979,525 has been awarded to the Limerick College of Further Education on Mulgrave Street for the development of a center of excellence in film and digital media.
This funding is part of 13 projects in the first round of capital investment under the Strategic Infrastructure Upgrade Fund for Higher Education and Training (FET).
Minister of State for Skills and Higher Education, Niall Collins, said: “This is a brilliant announcement for Limerick College of Further Education which will bring huge benefits to students wishing to study in the film and television industry.
“I am delighted that Limerick has been included in this capital investment program. The SIUF investment is a larger program of capital investment led by my department in the FET sector, which will total at least 50 million euros across the country.
A few months ago the LCETB was supported by the Department for Further and Further Education to purchase a building on Mulgrave Street adjacent to the Limerick College of Further Education as part of this scheme.
Minister Collins added: “The nearly 5 million euros invested in this project will make it possible to renovate and improve the storage space recently acquired by the LCETB with the support of my department into a center of excellence for cinema and digital media.
“This center of excellence has the potential to create a learning space for creative media learners and screen industry practitioners and will be a gateway to enter the film and entertainment industries. television.
“We anticipate that the Center of Excellence will accommodate up to 250 learners of specific courses in several areas such as film and television production, music technology, photography and digital media, while there will also be opportunities for 250 other learners from other courses who can minor in a field supported by the center.
“Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is already doing fantastic work in this area and this investment in the Center of Excellence will not only improve the training and education on offer, but the opportunities for these people after education.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the project and look forward to the success of the completed development.”