School Management Team

The School Management Team of the TU Dublin School of Creative Arts.


Kieran Corcoran

Head of the TU Dublin School of Creative Arts

Kieran Corcoran is a founder member and former Chairman of the Galway Arts Festival. Educated at University College Galway where he studied Philosophy and English and completed his MA in Philosophy, he joined DIT as a lecturer in Aesthetics and Design Theory. As Visual Arts Coordinator for the Galway Arts Festival (1983-2000) he has organized over 150 exhibitions by Irish and international artists including major retrospective exhibitions for Brian Bourke, John Behan and Sean Mac Sweeney as well as major solo shows by Patrick Graham and Patrick O’Reilly. International exhibitions include among others, shows by Hans Burkhardt (USA), Jorge De Bon (FR), Kathe Kollwitz (Ger), Waldemar Otto (Ger), Mark Tobey (USA) and Ed Ruscha (USA). He served as a Board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 1995 -2000.

In 2002 he organized the 7th Bi-annual conference of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) in Dublin and was elected to the board of ELIA, an international organization representing over 300 art schools and universities from 47 countries. He subsequently became Treasurer of ELIA in 2006 and was elected as President of ELIA at the 11th biannual ELIA conference in Vienna in 2010 and re-elected as President of ELIA in 2012. He has edited and coauthored a number of publications on art education including Interartes: Tapping into the Potential of Higher Arts Education in Europe (2008), Peer Power: Artesnet (2010), Art Futures: Current Issues in Higher Arts Education (2010) and Art Futures: Working with Contradictions in Higher Arts Education (2013).


Phone: +35312205869

Barry Sheehan

Head of Design, Assistant Head of the School

Barry Sheehan is Head of Design and Assistant Head at the TU Dublin School of Creative Arts.
He is a dissertation supervisor on the Masters in Professional Design Programme and is a guest lecturer and critic at many of design courses throughout Ireland.

He has judged many design competitions and awards including the James Dyson awards, the Bombay Sapphire Glass design awards, Institute of Designers in Ireland Graduate Design Awards, the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design awards as well as the Art Directors Club of Europe awards. In 2012 and 2013 he was a judge in the creative section of the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland.

Prior to joining DIT, Barry has been the principal of award winning design practices in Dublin. An architect by profession, Barry has been involved in the design of numerous projects from architecture and interior design through to graphics, multimedia and product design. Prior to setting up in private practice, Barry worked in the United Kingdom on master planning projects, most notably the Cardiff Bay Inner Harbour regeneration. The work of Sharc Design and Sheehan Architects has appeared in several magazines and newspapers as well as on Television. has lectured on his work including to the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), and Design Shannon amongst others. He is a regular commentator on design matters in the national media He maintains close links to Industry, particularly with Dyson..

Barry is actively involved in numerous design organisations. He is a former President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and Vice Chairman of Design Ireland. He has been keenly involved in Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital and is a Pivot Dublin partner. He is Past President of the Rockwell College Past Pupils Union and former President of Little League Baseball Ireland.


Phone: +35312205870


John Walsh

Assistant Head of School

John Walsh is Assistant Head of School and Lecturer in Product and Furniture Design at TU Dublin School of Creative Arts. He is founder of TU Dublin CreateLAB, an applied design research lab which supports industry and entrepreneurs in the development of new products and creation of Intellectual Property through Innovation Vouchers, Innovation Partnerships, Collaborative Research Agreements etc. John has been responsible for attracting almost €500k in external and research funding and is the Principal Investigator on Craft 4.0 a €316k Erasmus+ project which will investigate how new technologies such as 3D printing can enhance the Craft Sector.

John has 18 years of design industry experience working primarily in the area of Product and Furniture design. He has designed multiple products which have have generated in excess of €40m in sales and his office furniture has been chosen by clients such as Google, Microsoft, British Telecom, O2, the BBC, Lloyds, British Airways for major installations. John's products have won several international design awards, including the FX Design Award 2008, Triflow Future Talents Award 2009, Lotus Prize 2014 and Institute of Designers in Ireland Awards in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014.

John is a Past President (2012) and Fellow of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and is a regular Juror at the iF (International Forum) Product Design Awards in Hamburg.

John’s areas of expertise and research interests include general product/ industrial design, design for manufacture, human factors/ user centred design, prototyping, workplace design, commercial furniture design. He has a degree in Materials Technology, a Masters in Design and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Design Innovation.


Phone: +35312205871