As I progress through my final year of studies for a BA honours degree in Photography at Dublin Institute of Technology my reflective thoughts are that of my time at Waterford College of Further education (WCFE). It is back at this point in my career that I gained the desire, interest, knowledge and friendships that would propel me towards my future career as a documentary practitioner and an educationalist in photography. My progression at WCFE began with a Fetac level 5 in Photographic Practices. This was my first time in full time education since I did my leaving certificate in 1979. Although, what I figured at the time, was a daunting task that lay ahead as a mature student in my late 40’s, it was not long before I was immersed within this educational institute and all who taught and learned there. I was made feel an important part of a practice that would turn out to be extraordinary in how I intermingled with my peers on a daily basis and how with the influences of what I consider to be an exceptional level of instruction gained the honour of nine distinctions and student of the year. From there I was allowed to continue on the following year and complete two modules from the Fetac Level 6 programme which were Documentary Practice and Creative Darkroom Techniques and also given the opportunity to work as a Darkroom Technician/Assistant. By this time I had gained the confidence and skills to consider the possibility of progressing to third level education and apply to DIT to further my career.
I gained this drive and passion, simply by being associated and connected not only to the right people but also to people that have the same drive and passion that I have. What I have absorbed at WCFE is.
‘To succeed is to achieve and to achieve is to be successful’.
Michael J Keane 2014
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