Portobello Institute – Real Courses For Real Careers

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Portobello Institute, Ireland’s leading private training college prides itself on offering intensive post leaving certificate training to students of all ages. Established in 1981, the Institute has successfully established itself within the market place as an exceptional college choice with notable success rates.

Portobello students Louise McMahon and Nerea Fernandez discuss their experiences.

Making your mark in the creative industry.


What happens when you complete your makeup artistry training The best way to build up a strong portfolio of work is to get as much experience as possible. The creative industry is very much about networking and building and maintaining a contact book of who’s who in the industry.

Coming from a creative background with a graphic design qualification and art, Louise’s passion was always to train in makeup artistry. A mum of 3, Louise made the decision to return back to education in 2013 and chose Portobello Institute, as the part-time hours suited around her personal life style.

She credits the course with giving her the confidence to explore her creativity in makeup. “I have always loved art and I knew makeup is where I wanted to go but I never really took it anywhere. I love creating looks that are dramatic and edgy. Portobello Institute gave me the foundations on how to master the techniques of various looks and methods used in makeup artistry. Teamed with my own ideas and creative flair I was ready to build on my strengths and really make a go of this career.”

Louise added: “Working at the photography Mill and meeting Tiara and the other photographers and working on the various shoots over the past few months has further cemented my love for working as a professional makeup artist. Right now I am enjoying building up my portfolio and working with like minded creative individuals. The Photography Mill has already opened up doors and given me so much scope. The area I would really love to work in is Theatre and film. I love creating characters, the more dramatic the better”

Learn From Industry Experts.


As part of her course, Fashion Buying and Merchandising student Nerea Fernandez, recently completed an internship with womenswear fashion designer Caroline Kilkenny. Learning the ropes from industry experts is invaluable at student level. Nerea speaks about her experiences and discusses what she learned from her time spent with Caroline Kilkenny Design.

I got a real insight in many different areas of the design and the creative process but most importantly I experienced firsthand how the fashion industry works commercially and how Caroline designs for her customer and specifically the womenswear market.

When speaking to Caroline about Nerea she says: “I recently had the pleasure of working with Nerea, one of Portobello’s Fashion students when she came to work as an intern in our Design Studio. From beginning to end Nerea approached all tasks given to her with enthusiasm & interest. She worked diligently & became part of our design team from the start. She offered interesting ideas & her input was very much valued. I would highly recommend working with a Portobello student as I found the experience both helpful and fun. It was also lovely to see an intern enjoy and have a great experience working in a busy design studio.”

Further details can be received by contacting the College directly.

Frank Bolger

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