Creative Arts Summer School

Five higher education institutions celebrate completion of Creative Arts Summer School 2019.
Led by NCAD, the Creative Arts Summer School returned to Dublin last week running across the five college campuses.

The National College of Art and Design, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Marino Institute of Education and the Institute of Art, Design + Technology, Dún Laoghaire awarded certificates of completion to over 50 participants of their second annual Creative Arts Summer School.

Piloted in 2018, the initiative seeks to increase diversity to higher education in the creative arts. Participants had the opportunity to explore their creative interests, meet other like-minded people and consider the range of career paths in the creative industries.

Commenting on the completion of the summer school, Director of NCAD, Sarah Glennie said: “We were delighted to attract such a diverse and creative group this week, with the ambition of pursuing a career in the creative industries. This partnership between the five education institutes, strongly aligns with NCAD’s recently launched five-year strategy, which encourages bold and curious thinking and learning, with the summer school offering a different pathway to learning in the creative sector.

“Connecting and collaborating through a cross-institutional programme like the Creative Arts Summer School is an example of how NCAD is committed to enhancing the perception of art and its place in education not just in practice, but through people. Working with communities throughout Dublin, the summer school provides an excellent opportunity for people, currently under-represented in the colleges, to come through our doors and see the opportunities and supports that are available to all of our students.”

Successful applicants spent one day in each of the five partner colleges and had an opportunity to participate in workshops ranging from virtual reality, experimental archaeology and textile and fashion design to drama, writing and illustration, stage and screen production, animation and costume for stage and screen, portfolio preparation, and many more.

Operated through the Access Services in the participating colleges, the summer school gave priority to applicants who met one or more of the following criteria:

  • Individuals who have completed FETAC & PLC courses;
  • Individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds or a community from where there is a low progression to further or higher education;
  • Members of the Traveller community or individuals from an ethnic minority;
  • People with disabilities;
  • Mature applications;
  • Lone parents.

Funded by the Department of Education and Skills’ Progression for Access to Higher Education (PATH) fund, the summer school is a collaboration between NCAD, UCD, TCD, IADT and the Marino Institute of Education.

More information about the Creative Arts Summer School, including the programme of workshops delivered, is available here: www.ncad.ie/cass/. Follow #DublinLearningCity.