The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in Dublin says it is wrong to say that students who study arts subjects will struggle to get jobs in the creative industry.
It released its own statistics which, it says, show that 90 per cent of their graduates have managed to find employment in an area relevant to their course.
Their figures contradict research released by the Higher Education Authority last month that said it noted a disparity between education and employment in the arts sector.
The institute said its students were successful in finding work because its programmes seek to engage students with the music industry, with 87 per cent of those students surveyed in agreement.
The study also suggests a boost to the economy in Ireland, with 93 per cent of employed graduates choosing to stay in the country to work, with 61 per cent remaining in the capital.
Alan Cullivan, College Principal at BIMM Dublin, said: “The arts sector, and music in particular, faces a constant battle to establish itself as a legitimate career choice.
“Hopefully the success of our first graduates – the class of 2015 – demonstrates not only BIMM’s commitment to connecting students to the music industry but also that it’s a sector that offers a wide range of career options.
“Nearly all of our graduates are in employment which is obviously fantastic, particularly when only around 65% of students across other universities and colleges in Ireland move into employment in their chosen field.”
Part of the BIMM Group, a collection of six contemporary music colleges spread across Europe, BIMM Dublin offers a range of degree and diploma courses spread across the music industry.
Situated on Francis Street, it says it gives students with the chance to earn officially recognised vocational and academic qualifications in a number of disciplines, from instruments to songwriting and musical production.
For more info on BIMM, visit their webiste: www.bimm.ie/dublin