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NYCI Certificate in Youth Arts 2016/2017

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** **** Closing date for applications - Friday 19th August 2016**** **

“The course gave me space and time, along with a new vocabulary to think about and therefore understand what youth arts means to me and what it means for society. This increased understanding allowed me to return to my work armed with renewed motivation, new and important contacts, increased policy and sector knowledge and a fired up imagination.”

NUI Certificate in Youth Arts

The Certificate in Youth Arts is a part time programme of study in Irish Youth Arts Practice, with 6 modules covered over 12 contact days between October and June. The programme is a partnership initiative of Maynooth University and the National Youth Council of Ireland Arts Programme and leads to an award of the National University of Ireland, placed at Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework.

The Certificate in Youth Arts aims to introduce those working in the non-formal education sector to the concepts, principles and practice of youth arts using a context and practice approach.

The Importance of Youth Arts

For many years NYCI has prioritised youth arts as a key medium to engage and communicate with children and young people, through NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme (a partnership between NYCI, the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs).  


NYCI is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts in Ireland. It aims specifically to realise the potential of young people through good quality arts practice within youth organisations and to develop appropriate policies and activities at local, regional and national level.

NYCI provides strategic support for arts practice in youth work, encouraging the creation of safe and supportive environments that value imagination, originality, daring and experimentation.

The ultimate aim of the Certificate in Youth Arts is to further develop and enhance arts practice in youth work, so that more young people have the opportunity to experience arts in a non formal educational setting as makers, creators, participants, audience members and critics.
It also aims to ensure that these are high quality experiences and also to promote the best practice for working with young people developed by the youth work sector and how this can influence and contribute to arts practice in Ireland.

The course is delivered in six modules via a mix of presentations, group discussion, small group work, personal assignments, guest tutor inputs and site visits.  

Past guest expert inputs have been provided by Dr Maurice Devlin, Dept of Applied Social Studies, NUI Maynooth, Orlaith McBride, Arts Council Director and past Director of National Association for Youth Drama, Philippa Donnellan, Director of Broadreach at CoisCéim Dance Theatre Company and Elaine Agnew, composer and music practitioner.  Site visits have included  IMMA, Rialto Youth Project, Axis Ballymun and Tallaght Young Filmmakers.

The Certificate in Youth Arts is recruiting potential candidates in summer 2016for the 2016/17 academic year. For further information or to request an application form, please contact Anna Gunning, Youth Arts Programme, National Youth Council of Ireland on 01 4255932 or anna@nyci.ie.  We look forward to hearing from you!

** **** Closing date for applications is August 19th 2016  **** ***

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