Changes in art education and the end of year show at the School of Art and Design at Limerick College of Art Commerce and Technology (CoACT).

Limerick School of Art and Design's Annual Diploma Show offers fifty graduating students the opportunity to showcase their work in ceramics, fashion, graphics, painting and sculpture, before leaving college and seeking employment.

The Head of the Limerick School of Art and Design, Richard Ruth, says after three years of study and armed with a National Diploma it's time for the students to go out into the world and "gain employment". 

Traditionally students who follow an art degree automatically move into teaching posts. However Ruth believes

Opportuntities have mushroomed for both fine art students and design students

now and they can look for employment across regional development organisations, arts councils, newspapers etc

Lecturer Patricia Kealty, is optimistic that employment can be obtained in Ireland too. Though people may go abroad to gain experience, they will come back to work here and use what they have learned in Ireland.

Fashion designs by various graduating fashion students are modelled with Limerick city locations providing a backdrop. A selection of finished creations are on exhibit at the Granary and City Galleries. 

The graduate show is an excellent opportunity to view, and admire the work of young artists and designers and is the highlight of the academic year.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 June 1986. The reporter is Michael Walsh.