Student Voices: Brendan Egan, MA by Research in Learning & Engagement, LSAD (LIT).

Brendan Egan, LSAD. Picture: Alan Place
Brendan Egan, LSAD. Picture: Alan Place

Name: Brendan Egan
Course: MA by Research in Learning & Engagement
Campus: Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare Street

I have (unexpectedly) experienced studying at LIT’s Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) through three different lenses in the past decade; first as a Fine Art undergraduate student, then as part of a two-year taught MA, and now I am in the midst of an MA by research as a Shinnors Scholar at Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA).

My journey at LIT began back in 2007. As a young aspiring art student, I enrolled at LSAD Clare Street campus and subsequently completed a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art Painting in 2011. The highlight of being an undergrad at LSAD is the strong connections you make with your peers and tutors, with gallery trips to London, Rome, Berlin and New York helping to form solid friendships.

After graduating in 2011, I found myself in Abu Dhabi teaching art and design, where I developed a deep interest in education and working with young people.

In 2016, I accepted a place on the Professional Masters in Art and Design Education (PME) with Digital Media in 2016. The PME is an intensive two year taught MA based at LIT Clare St campus. The overarching aim of the PME is to produce fully qualified second-level art teachers, ready for professional careers.

“Overall, through these different perspectives of studying at LIT/ LSAD, I can say that whether you are in the first year of your degree or reaching for a PhD, you are guaranteed to benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities and support from practising experts.”

Brendan Egan, MA by research in Learning & Engagement Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT

By 2018, I was teaching full time in the UK, when an old colleague sent me a “call out” for the ‘Shinnors Scholarship’; Limerick City Gallery of Art (LGCA) were seeking someone with art education expertise to design and develop a learning and engagement programme between the gallery and schools in Limerick City. I could not resist the opportunity and found myself applying to study with LIT for a third time!

I was awarded the scholarship which offers a MA by research or the opportunity to progress to PhD, which I have my sights on.

My current research is investigating the effects of virtual exhibitions and engagement due to COVID-19 on the learning opportunities between LCGA and local primary schools, and my aim is to provide a dynamic education programme for primary schools in Limerick City.

Overall, through these different perspectives of studying at LIT/ LSAD, I can say that whether you are in the first year of your degree or reaching for a PhD, you are guaranteed to benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities and support from practising experts.

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