Creative Arts Summer School (CASS)

Do you want to explore your creative interests and meet other like-minded people? Do you want to pursue a career in the creative industries in Ireland? Do you want to try out different creative art forms in colleges in Dublin, Cork and Sligo in an exploratory and fun way?

We are now a national programme and will hold the Creative Arts Summer School with our partners in ATU Sligo for those located in the North-West region of Ireland. We are also delighted to partner once again with MTU Crawford College of Art & Design and individuals located in the South of Ireland can apply for the CASS workshops held here. 

Creative Arts Summer School 2024: Promoting access, inclusion and diversity in the creative arts in Ireland. 

Watch a short video with highlights from last year's event.


In addition to creative arts workshops participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of talks and presentations from colleges including information on admissions, entry and portfolio requirements, grants, course options, student supports, creative arts career guidance and presentations from current access students. 

The Creative Arts Summer School is FREE - all course materials and lunch will be provided.


National programme for CASS 2024

Please refer to brochure for further workshop descriptions.


ATU Sligo Fine Art and Creative Practice 6 June

Creative Play with Clay - Ceramics Workshop

Colourful Observation - Drawing Workshop 

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MTU Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork 12 June



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CASS Dublin will take place from Monday 10 – 18 June inclusive (excluding weekend)

Successful participants are expected to attend the full CASS Dublin programme.

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NCAD, Dublin 10 June

Exploring Pop Art Portraits with reference to Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein

Introduction to Printmaking processes

Introduction to Product Design - Build a  Customised Portable Speaker

Wearable Art 


TCD, 11 June

Music at Trinity

The Voice

Why Film?

The Creative Gym


TU Dublin, 12 June

Sculpture Workshop

Drawing Workshop

Visual Culture  Workshop

Drama Workshop  


IADT Dublin, 13 June

Drawing for Animation

Photography - Cyanotype  Printing

Graphic Design

3D and Production Design  


UCD, 14 June

Says who? 

Collaborative Theatre Making: Drama & Movement

Gamelan Music - the Percussion Orchestra of Indonesia

Immersive Horizons: Shaping Your Digital  Future 


MIE, Dublin, 17 June

What’s the Story?

Game Changers

Looking Forward,  Looking Back 


RCSI, Dublin, 18 June

Making an eye from scratch 

Composition is the framework of all visual art 


Further footage from a previous CASS programme


Who can apply?

All applicants must be 16+

Priority will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following ACCESS criteria:

  • From an underrepresented socio-economic group (See:
  • A mature applicant (first time to college)
  • A person with a disability or significant ongoing illness
  • A lone parent in receipt of a means-tested social welfare payment
  • An Irish Traveller or a member of the Roma Community
  • A QQI-FET/Fetac full award holder (Level 5/6/7)
  • A member of an ethnic minority 
  • Refugees, those with leave to remain/asylum seekers
  • Students who have successfully completed an access programme


Places are limited and candidates must meet the eligibility criteria described above.





Application Form CASS Sligo 2024

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Application Form CASS Cork 2024

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Application Form CASS Dublin 2024

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Download the CASS 2024 Brochure

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Closing date for applications:

Wednesday 29th of May 2024


If you have any queries, do not hesitate get in touch with us at


Department of Education and Skills HEA Trinity College Dublin UCD IADT Institute of Art, Design & Technology NCAD