How should a College of Art operate?
In 1971 students from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) occupied part of the college building on Kildare Street. Students protested over a number issues including the dismissal of Jane Jermyn, a model at the college; non-implementation of reports stating that the college was not ideal for art training; and for the college to be taken out of the hands of the Department of Education.
Later in 1971, the National College of Art became the National College of Art and Design under an Act established by the Oireachtas, managed by a board appointed by the Minister for Education.
On 11 June 1971 'Seven Days' broadcast a special programme focusing on the college, the problems it faced, and the future that lay ahead. In this excerpt from the programme, students comment on the place of art in Ireland and the role that the college plays. The protesters were fighting for a "worthwhile" college of art, with one commenting that an art college should be a centre of information. Disputes centred on the rules of academia versus the creativity and individualism required of an artist.