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Applications for 2015/16 are now Open.

Browse through our list of courses to find the one that is right for you or if you already know then go to the applications page to enter the online applications system directly. We have a course for you.
Sport at Cavan Institute

Sports play a big part in student life at Cavan Institute with the Institute boasting a Men's and Ladies Gaelic Football Team, Handball Club, Mens and Ladies Soccer Teams, Badminton Club and much more.

Students also have the opportunity to start up their own sports clubs or societies so anything from snooker to ultimate frisbee could be up and running at Cavan Institute in 2013-2014.
Science at Cavan Institute

Cavan Institute now boasts a range of science courses including a new forensic science course. In Ireland, the Forensic Science Laboratory forms part of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

This is an extremely popular and fast growing industry and your first step to a new career could be here at Cavan Institute. Visit the Forensic Laboratory website for more information on the qualifications you need to work in this area.
Electronics at Cavan Institute

In electronic work, engineers provide a wide variety of products used in the modern world. These include personal computers, digital televisions, heating control systems, games consoles and mobile phones.

Recent growth in the electronics, telecommunications and computer industries has strengthened the demand for graduates in this area. Students who successfully complete Electronics Year 1 can continue onto the Level 6 Telecommunication Systems course at Cavan Institute.
Get creative

Whether it is the traditional arts or the modern design technologies that interest you, at Cavan Institute we have a wide range of creative courses on offer including Art, Craft and Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Furniture Design, Games Design, Architectural Design and much more besides!

So why not browse through our A - Z courses section and find the courses that is right for you.
Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Motor Vehicle Maintenance FETAC Level 5 students at Cavan Institute who were finalists of the IMI awards sponsored by Erne Motor Works Toyota, Dublin Road Cavan.
Get Certified

All our courses are fully accredited by the relevant awarding bodies such as Q.Q.I. (Quality & Qualifications Ireland), ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council), FETAC (Further Education and Training Awards Council) and HETAC (Higher Education & Training Awards Council).

Cavan Institute also has agreed advanced entry links (dependent upon required certification results) for our students to Athlone, Letterkenny, Sligo and Dundalk Institutes of Technology. This allows students to complete the first year or two years of a degree course closer to home.

Interested in Radio Production, Web Design, Games Design or Film Production? If so then Cavan Institute is the place for you. We provide courses with a wide range of multimedia related subjects, taught in high spec computer labs by expert tutors.

Our students develop their own 2D and 3D games, movies with special effects, publications with industry standard graphics and live websites with original graphics, animations and more.
Make Up Artistry

This striking image from the 2012-2013 graduate show displays the amazing skills that are acquired on the Make Up Artistry course at Cavan Institute. Whether it is full blown body art or special effect movie make up you are interested in, its all covered by the expert tutors at Cavan Institute.

With our multimedia students often creating their own mini movies and trailers the make up artistry students have regular opportunities to practice their skills in-house and with a boom in movie productions on this isle currently, the skills of a make up artist are in demand more than ever before.

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Professional Cookery

Course Level: 6
Award Title: FETAC/QQI Level 6 Certificate in Professional Cookery
QQI Code: 6M2099
Duration: 1 Year

Entry Requirements
FETAC/QQI Level 5 Award (or Equivalent) such as level 5 Professional Cookery available at Cavan Institute. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements but can demonstrate industry experience.

Course Description
This course is aimed at students with a passion for food, who wish to enhance their creativity and food preparation skills. It is designed to enable students to develop an advanced level of knowledge, skills and competence in professional cookery, integrating theory and practice with an industrial work placement

Course Content
Culinary Techniques
Menu Design and Applied Nutrition
Culinary Food Safety Management
Producing a Culinary Event
Hospitality Business Systems
Pastry, Baking and Desserts
Work Practice
International Cuisines

Career Opportunities
Employment in the catering industry remains steady and graduates in this area are very much in demand. Graduates will be competent to take up employment in a wide range of professional cookery settings.

Progression Opportunities
Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

Training Centre Open Days

Training Centre Open Days Friday 5th and Sturday 6th December 2014.

Pulse - Your Creative Future

Live streaming video by Ustream Livestream of Keynote Speaker - Wayne Denner will be broadcast here at 2pm.
At 5pm our talk on Managing your Online Reputation will be broadcast also.
This is an event bringing industry and education together for an energetic day of creativity and enterprise, hosted by Cavan Institute and Honeycomb – Creative Works. Come along to hear from industry leaders in the fields of visual communication, interactive media, games, film and music. Get a unique insight into the marketing channels of the future. See cutting edge digital technology in use and check out our exhibition showcasing career possibilities in the creative industries. The only boundary is your imagination. Use #HCPulse for Tweets about this event!

Click to download the Event Poster and Event Programme.

Register online HERE


  • 10.00 Registration
  • 10.30 Opening Remarks from Cavan Institute, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Honeycomb - Creative Works
  • 11.00 - 13.00 Choose from one of five workshops below...

Story Vs Reality: Making Documentary Films

Utilizing case studies and clips, this workshop will examine the fine line between the need to create an entertaining story while trying to truthfully represent reality. How can you find a way to make your subjects trust you and forget the camera is even there? How can you capture 'reality'? When should you put the camera down? These and other issues will be explored. With Sarah McCann.

Zombie Hackers

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of web programming and JavaScript. By the end of the workshop, participants will develop their own web page that will consist of some ‘eye-opening’ and ‘hair raising’ features! With Ronan Lynch

Creative Interface Design

This workshop will explore new DIY methods for interfacing with multimedia work that extend beyond the keyboard and mouse. Participants will build their own custom tangible interface prototypes using a combination of electronics and arts and crafts materials. With Kieran Nolan

‘What ‘type’ are you?’

This workshop explores a conceptual approach to creating meaning in visual communications. Activities aim to investigate our understanding of typography, colour and layout. With Emma Hogan.

The role of 'the producer' in music

This workshop will examine the importance of the producer in the music making process. By reverse engineering a number of tracks it will allow participants to gain a clear insight into the creative and technical expertise a producer must have. With Neil O'Connor.

  • 13.00 - 14.00 Lunch and Expo. Registration for school afternoon attendees
  • 14.00 - 14.45 Keynote Address
  • 15.00 - 16.00 Choose from one of 3 panel discussions below...

Production as a career

We live in the video age. Youtube is the second most widely used search engine in the world. Every day, thousands of new stories are being told through the medium of film. Come along to this exciting panel to learn how to make your story stand out.

Creating an online presence

Harness the power of social media and online platforms to open opportunities for you. Listen to industry experts discuss the impact social media has had on their lives, both personally and professionally.

What will the jobs be in the Creative Industries in 5 years ?

Traditional employment structures no longer offer the same security as in the past and nor do they appeal to millenials seeking to carve their own way in the world. How will the creative industries help us to take control of our own career path?
  • 1600 - 1630 Coffee break. Registration for after-school attendees
  • 1630 - 1730 A second chance to choose from one of 3 panel discussions above...
  • 1745 - 1830 Capstone Address

Speaker and Panelist Biographies

Sarah McCann 
Sarah McCann is the current Head of Section of Creative Media in Dundalk Institute of Technology. Sarah is also documentary filmmaker and has had her work screened in festivals in Ireland, the UK and the US. 'One Ocean: No Limits', a one-hour documentary which Sarah directed & produced along with performing additional major camera & editing roles, was acquired upon completion by RTE for broadcast and has been signed for distribution by Network Ireland Television.

Ronan Lynch 
Ronan Lynch is the Recruitment & Retention Officer in the Department of Computing & Mathematics in DkIT. As part of his role, Ronan is responsible for the running of the ITLC in the Department, a tutor-supported study environment that assists Computing students with their studies in the Institute.

Kieran Nolan 
Kieran Nolan is a lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology where he is Programme Director of the BA in Media Arts and Technologies. His research work in experimental interaction design, indie game development, and multimedia teaching has been published at conferences and exhibitions worldwide, including LA Game Space, The Science Gallery, Transmediale and the A MAZE International Independent Video Games Festival.

Emma Hogan 
Emma Hogan is Programme Director of the BA(Hons) in Communications in Creative Media at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Prior to working in education, Emma spent seven years as an Art Director in London. Here she worked on creative digital campaigns for companies such as Dare Digital, Fitch and the BBC. Her undergraduate degree is in Graphic Design.

Register online HERE