Dr. Paddy Tobin

Head of School of Design & Creative Arts – Atlantic Technological University

Company profile

The School of Design & Creative Arts has three Departments based at two dedicated specialist campuses

  • Centre for Creative Arts & Media (Galway City Campus, Wellpark)
  • National Centre of Excellence in Furniture Design & Technology (Connemara Campus)
  • Department of Creative Education (Galway City and Connemara Campuses)

The School provides Higher Education undergraduate degrees in Film & Documentary, Animation & Game Design, Fine Art, Product Design, Graphic Design & Illustration, Interior Design, Textiles & Fashion Design, Furniture Design & Manufacture, Furniture Making & Architectural Woodworking, Teacher Education – Construction & Design Graphics, Teacher Education – Art, Design & Communication Graphics, and postgraduate programmes in Creative Practice, Creative Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development, Teaching & Learning, and others.

The Centre for Creative Arts & Media is based in Galway City (Wellpark Road) at a beautiful campus dedicated to the creative industries and known locally as Cluain Mhuire. It is key element of Galway’s international reputation for creativity and culture. The campus is also home to the UNESCO Creative Cities/ Galway City of Film office, the national broadcaster RTE West of Ireland Studio, the Creative Europe (Media) office, the office of the Western Regional Audiovisual Producers (WRAP) fund, the Galway Education Centre, Ard├ín (formerly the Galway Film Centre), and the Creative Enterprise West (CREW) hub for digital creative enterprise.

Personal/Professional Profile

Paddy is Head of School of Design & Creative Arts, at Atlantic Technological University, Galway. The school includes three departments, the Department of Creative Arts & Media (ATU Galway City), the National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology (ATU Connemara), and the Department of Creative Education (ATU Galway City & Connemara).

Paddy has previously been a lecturer on the ATU Galway City and Connemara campuses, and Head of Department of Creative Arts & Media. Prior to working in education, he worked in a variety of industry sectors and positions in Ireland. He has also worked for a number of years in consulting roles with companies and organisations in Ireland and the USA.

Other board Position

Chair of Board of Management at Claregalway College
Board member at CREW – Creative Enterprise West (Comohibri├║ CLG)
Board member at SCCUL Enterprises CLG

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