PRESS RELEASE -NCAD announces return of the Creative Arts Summer School

Call for applications open for free insight into creative arts education

Thursday, 9th May 2019

The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) has today (09.05.19) issued a call for applications for the free Creative Arts Summer School, which returns to Dublin for a second year from Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th June 2019. The deadline for applications is Friday, 31st May 2019.

Funded by the Department of Education and Skills’ Progression for Access to Higher Education (PATH) fund, the summer school is a collaboration between NCAD, Trinity College Dublin, Marino Institute of Education, UCD, and IADT. Piloted in 2018, the initiative seeks to encourage potential applicants looking to pursue a career in the creative industries in Ireland to explore their creative interests and meet other like-minded people.

Successful applicants will spend one day in each of the five partner colleges and will have an opportunity to participate in workshops ranging from virtual reality, experimental archaeology and textile and fashion design to writing and illustration, stage and screen production, animation and 3D design, portfolio preparation, and many more.

Operated through the Access Services in the participating colleges, the summer school encourages applications from those currently under-represented in the colleges, with priority given to applicants who meet 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.

Commenting on the return of the summer school, Director of NCAD, Sarah Glennie said: “Building on the success of last year’s initiative, NCAD, along with our partners in UCD, Trinity, Marino Institute of Education and IADT is delighted to once again collaborate on the Creative Arts Summer School, showcasing the range of cultural programmes that are offered in our colleges.

“We hope to attract a diverse and creative group of applicants, with the aim of sparking both curiosity and confidence to pursue a creative dream. This summer school has the potential to increase diversity within our creative courses and beyond and we very much look forward to raising awareness of the opportunities and supports that are available to all of our students.”

More information about the Creative Arts Summer School, including the programme of workshops, is available here: Follow #DublinLearningCity.


Applications have to be submitted online before 5pm on Friday, 31st May 2019.



Contact: David O’Donnell, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 086-1081139


Notes for Editors:

Graphics for the Creative Arts Summer School are available to download here.


About NCAD

The National College of Art and Design occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. It offers the largest range of Art and Design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is the only Irish university institution specialising in Art and Design. NCAD has over 1,100 full-time students and a further 450 students who take award and non-award bearing part-time classes. Further information is available at


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