Campuses & Facilities
Galway city is home to the main GMIT Galway campus, and GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media. Nationally and internationally renowned as the friendliest city in Europe (Travel + Leisure 2015), Galway is so much more than a scenic city-by-the-sea. Galway has a spirited population of 75,000 people, with students making up at least a quarter of that. Everything from open air markets to pubs, theatres, live music events, and an eclectic bunch of personalities, keeps Galway city buzzing by day and night. And when the vibrancy of city life is all too much, why not escape for a break and head a little further west to Connemara, the most unspoiled countryside you will ever see. Or, head south to explore the Burren and Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.
GMIT Galway Campus
Dublin Rd, Galway
Established in 1972 and overlooking Galway Bay, the purpose-built campus on the Dublin Road in Galway City is the largest of GMIT’s five campuses. This campus is one of Galway City’s iconic landmarks, due to the three distinctive sail-shaped copper panels at the front of the main building. This unique design helps identify the Institute as an innovator in modern technology, and serves the practical purpose of housing the Library and IT Centre. A huge variety of courses are available at the Galway campus – everything from business and science, to engineering and tourism.
Galway City & The Creative Industries
Galway city has long been known as a centre for creativity, arts, culture, film, design, music, drama and more. The city is alive with arts and cultural festivals, including Galway Film Fleadh in early July, and the Galway International Arts Festival in mid-late July, The Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April, and Baboró, an International Arts Festival for children, in October. In 2014, Galway was designated a UNESCO City of Film (one of eighteen in the world) in recognition of its strong audio-visual sector and creative media output. Galway was also designated European Capital of Culture for 2020.
GMIT Centre for the Creative Arts & Media (CCAM)
Monivea Rd, Galway
GMIT’s Centre for the Creative Arts & Media (CCAM) is also located close to Galway City centre, on the Monivea Road. CCAM is a hive of creative activity, and is home to a number of Creative Industries organisations and enterprises alongside the courses in Design (Graphic Design & Illustration, Animation & Game Design, Industrial design and Fashion & Textile Design), Contemporary Art (2D Painting-Printmaking-Photography, and 3D Ceramics-Sculpture-Digital Media), and Film & Documentary (Editing, Screenwriting, Production design, VFX Visual Effects, Audio Production and Cinematography, Production & Direction).
Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Situated only 28 miles from Ireland West Airport Knock, Castlebar has so much to offer residents, students and visitors. The town has a vibrant arts community with amateur drama groups, pantomime groups, choral societies, dancing schools and exhibition centres. There are very good sports facilities in the town both for outdoor and indoor use not to mention the many natural amenities in the area suited to year-round outdoor recreation. Host to several multinational and Irish companies, Castlebar is situated in close proximity to some of County Mayo’s most beautiful scenic locations. A short drive will take you to Ballintubber Abbey, The Ceide Fields, Foxford Woollen Mills, and Croagh Patrick. The Museum of Country Life is located on the outskirts of Castlebar, and is the only branch of the National Museum of Ireland located outside of Dublin.
GMIT Mayo Campus
Westport Rd, Castlebar
In 1994, the GMIT Mayo campus opened its doors to students in the west wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Castlebar, less than a 10-minute walk from the town centre. It continued to expand, and today is a thriving 3rd level campus with over 1,000 students. The entire building has been sensitively restored to retain as much as possible of the original architecture, while providing the modern facilities and services required for students and staff. GMIT Mayo campus specialises in nursing and outdoor education, as well as offering courses in business, technology, history and geography, applied social care, and early childhood education and care. There are also numerous courses and facilities available for adults wishing to get back into education both full-time and part-time. In 2011, it became the first Institute of Technology campus in Ireland to be awarded Green Campus status.
Letterfrack, Co. Galway
Basking in the beauty of Connemara in Co. Galway, Letterfrack is a small village beside Connemara National Park, Diamond Hill and close to Kylemore Abbey. Visitors and residents are drawn to Letterfrack by the stunning scenery and peaceful atmosphere. Students can avail of regular bus links to Galway (two hours by bus) and are usually able to live quite close to the campus in self-catering accommodation.
GMIT Letterfrack Campus
The National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design & Technology
GMIT Letterfrack campus is regarded both nationally and internationally as a leading provider of third level programmes related to furniture, wood products and teacher education (Design Graphics and Construction). The campus currently has 210 students, studying five different degree programmes in its state-of-the-art workshop facilities with the most advanced machinery and computer technology. GMIT Letterfrack has links to major furniture design and manufacturing companies around the globe, allowing students to avail of work placement opportunities with leaders in furniture design and manufacturing.
Graduates are recognised for their innovative, creative and responsive approach to projects. They frequently win, and are shortlisted for, national and international awards that influence and develop the furniture industry.
Mountbellew, Co. Galway
Mountbellew is a quiet, but growing market town 45kms from Galway city on the N63 road to Roscommon. It is situated by the River Shiven, and offers excellent fly fishing, an 18-hole golf course, beautiful woodlands, forest walks and picnic areas.
GMIT Mountbellew Campus
Established by the Franciscan Brothers in 1904, the Mountbellew campus was the first agricultural college in Ireland. The original college was demolished in 1971 and later replaced with a new building in 1975. In 1986, the Franciscan Brothers Agricultural College established a link with GMIT to deliver a Higher Certificate in Business Studies (Agri-Business). Today, GMIT students in Mountbellew can choose between three degrees (Rural Enterprise & Agri-Business, Agri-Engineering or Agriculture & Environmental Management), and spend their time between the Mountbellew campus and the GMIT Galway campus.
Clubs & Societies
Joining a GMIT society provides you with the opportunity to meet friends with similar interests/hobbies while taking a break from study. With a host of societies from academic, cultural and hobby based societies, there will be something to suit everyone. Societies are run voluntarily by your fellow students for students.
A sports club is a club formed by a group of people for the purpose of playing sports, meeting like minded people and getting involved in physical activity at your desired level.