Galway-Mayo Institute Of Technology

From a 1970s Regional Technical College to a modern-day Institute of Technology, GMIT has grown to become a centre of education competing on a national and international stage.

The days of the student as a young, fresh-faced school-leaver are over. Students now come in all guises and education is no longer time- or location-dependant. The changes all point to a new emphasis on review and evaluation. Higher education institutes are being increasingly challenged to explain what they are doing, how they are doing it and how well it is being done.

GMIT’s own personal story began on Monday, 18th September 1972 when the first students entered the new Regional Technical College building on Dublin Road, Galway. Enrolment on that autumn day stood at 1,213 students; registration has doubled and tripled to reach almost 9,000 students today.

“The Regional Technical College at Galway, together with its sister colleges in other regions of the country, helped the transition from elitist to mass higher education and opened up access to those who had hitherto been disadvantaged because of their remote... [ Read All ]



Department of Humanities, Dublin Road
Phone: 091 74 2257
Fax: 091 751107

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Department and information about the department

The Department of Art and Design/Film and Television at Cluain Mhuire campus is rapidly gaining a reputation for high standards in the fields of Fine Art and Design and Media. The Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design is offered in Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles and Ceramics. Painting is also offered through the part-time mode over a six-year period.

In its pursuit of excellence, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design in Textiles, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design in Fine Arts are now being offered. The new campus at Cluain Mhuire (interior designed by award winning architects, de Blácam & Meagher) is an ideal environment for creative individuals. Formerly a Redemptorist seminary, the high ceilings, windows and wide corridors are ideal for showing large-scale work, especially during the annual Diploma show, which is open to the public. The library is particularly striking in concept and design.

Students benefit from the exciting and vibrant cultural life of Galway City, as well as the spectacular countryside. Easy access to the Burren and Connemara means that field trips are built into the programme. Staff a...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

Over 90% of those who graduated from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) last November (2005) are in further studies or employed, according to the latest GMIT Graduate Survey.

The report, which is compiled by the Institute’s Careers Office, surveyed 2,338 graduates, of which there was an 80% response rate. (Students completed a questionnaire at the time of conferring). Of the total graduate pool, 64% were engaged in further study, while 27% were in full time employment.
The survey also revealed strong earnings potential for graduates, and highlighted the fact that starting salaries are shifting upwards with 31% of those who supplied information earning in excess of €24,000.

The survey also assesses where graduates took up employment. The Western Seaboard featured prominently with 67% working in counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo. The East, including Dublin, was the next most attractive location, with 17% of graduates working in counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.

“The prospects for GMIT graduates at this time are excellent,” said Bridie Killoran, Careers Officer, GMIT. “The quality of...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students

As a student of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) you will have the opportunity to learn at one of the major centres of tertiary education in Ireland. You will join a community of around 8,000 students and as that student, you can be any age, from any country or background and study in a format that suits your requirements.
GMIT is proud of its identity and role as a publicly financed Institute of Technology. It is proud of its people and achievements and has confidence in its ability to meet the challenges of the future. All of our educational programmes have a professional orientation so that our students have a passport to the workplace.The Institute wants to provide you with opportunities to develop yourself so that you can contribute to the economic, cultural and social life of any environment in which you live. The wide range of social, cultural and sporting clubs and societies of GMIT will give you the opportunity to build skills, competencies and friendships which will enhance and enrich your personal and professional development. We also hope that you will see the GMIT experience as an important and enjoyable part...  [ Read All ]

Student Facilities

The College's main library, which is situated in the Learning and IT Resource Centre, is an important information and resource base for students and staff of the college. The library measures 4,086sq.m and can seats up to 670 readers. Membership is automatically conferred to all registered students and staff. The Library currently holds approximately 94,000 volumes, including archival material and the WTT collection, as well as a growing volume of information in electronic format. The Library currently subscribes to 500 print journal titles. An additional 3000 fulltext journals are available in electronic format via our online databases.

Information and communications technologies (ICT) are now an integral part of all academic activities in GMIT. These technologies and services are provided by Computing Services and the Schools / Campuses as appropriate. Networked computing laboratories are available on all campuses with access to the Internet and Email also available throughout the Institute.

PCs are used to provide access to a wide range of local and networked applications and services, such as word processing, spreadshe...  [ Read All ]


There are currently five Student Villages affiliated with GMIT. These complexes are not run by GMIT but by private management companies and must be contacted on an individual basis to either make enquiries or bookings. These all require a substantial deposit at the beginning of the academic year, they also require the student to pay rent for each term in advance. Cúirt Na Rásaí, Gleann Na Rí and Tír Na gCapall also facilitate a monthly payment option. Each village requires the student to sign a lease agreement for the academic year (nine months). If you are part of a block release/work experience course please let the complex know in advance. They will accommodate for this before you sign the lease otherwise you will be liable to pay rent for the duration of your work experience.