On 6 July 1980, for the first time in its 230-year history, the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin awards degrees to students.

The event coincided with the college’s first exhibition week, now an annual event displaying the work of final year students. 20 students received degrees after completing a four-year course in conjunction with N.I.H.E. Limerick.

Some of the displays at the exhibition can be viewed here, including a costume designed for the play 'Waiting for Godot', a compact fitted kitchen unit, and a baby transport system. College lecturer David Sherlock gives his reaction.

We're delighted, absolutely delighted. All the students got through, which for a brand new course, is perhaps the most important thing.

An RTÉ News report from 6 July 1980.