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Case Studies


The DPP Skillnet Masters programme is challenging but very relevant and rewarding and one of the main selling points to me was it is delivered over 11 months. All aspects can be applied to my business and professional life. Extremely knowledgeable and supportive tutors have helped me go from a novice to an expert in a few short months.  

I have no hesitation in recommending the Masters in Professional Design Practice to anyone wanting to grow their business and learn new skills.

Favourite Quote from my Masters learning experience

Finance Module from novice to expert! “Analysis of Annual Report would do justice to an experienced accountant”.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young” Henry Ford

Angela Connolly is President of the Interiors Association of Ireland. The Interiors Association is Ireland’s leading professional organisation of accredited Interior Designers, Interior Architects and Trade Suppliers. Angela’s presidential role involves strategic business planning, and membership promotion.

Angela established Conbu Interior Design in 2008 and works closely with architects, developers and private clients in the high-end residential sector and commercial market. Angela has an extensive business background, and is an experienced and qualified project manager.

Membership of the Design Print and Packaging Skillnet has made a real difference to myself and my company. The Skillnet has provided affordable, tailored training solutions to help us adapt to the changing business environment. Over 90% of our staff have attended some form of DPP Skillnet training in the last eighteen months. The vast majority have reported that the experience was either beneficial or very beneficial. Regular training not only improves staff retention rates but it also ensures that we get the very best from our staff.
Tom Clements – RPD Ltd.

Design Print & Packaging Skillnet is a huge support in addressing and meeting the current training needs of our business. Through the Network, member companies have identified training requirements in our industry and then designed courses to meet those specific needs. We look forward to continuing our staff training with DPP Skillnet.
Gwen Kenny – Divine Design

Since the Design Print and Packaging Skillnet was formed, we have benefited from the extensive range of courses. Every member of staff has been trained in their area of expertise and as a team. Additionally, we introduced lean manufacturing to the business and I completed a Masters programme. All of the business changes introduced have been due to support of training programs run by this Skillnet. The support of Design Print and Packaging Skillnet has been a key factor in the way our business has evolved in the last ten years and in my own development as a business owner.
Diarmuid Everard – PrintCom

What graduates of the TU Masters in Professional Practice say about the course –

The Masters programme changed my approach to my job. I redefined my own role, rewrote our marketing and financial strategy and learned a whole new approach to coaching and leadership. Without the support of Skillnet I could not have done a Masters, it was perfect for what I wanted to focus on and what I could afford in terms of time and budget. Every day I apply something if what I learned on the course. – Diarmuid Everard MA

The Skillnet Masters program in Professional Practice was a fabulous learning opportunity for me. It provided me the opportunity to analyse ,research and discuss topics with like-minded individuals sharing business and life experiences on the way. Anyone interested in personal development should take the opportunity to participate in the program and work with excellent enthusiastic tutors. I believe it has given me a greater awareness of Leadership, Communication, Finance, Empathy and effective management. – Niall Fitzgerald MA

The smaller size group ensures practical learning is achieved through shared professional experi-ences. The Masters programme has also given me a greater insight into past decisions, out-comes, and experiences. I highly recommend this course. – Eoin Daly MA

A game-changer. Everything I learned during the Masters course has informed how I run my business and relate to clients. The qualification has opened doors to new business for me. A sound investment. – Michael Fitzpatrick MA

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