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Making a Scene! NYCI Youth Arts Summer School 2012

Making a Scene!
A Summer School in Youth Arts Practice

University College Cork, Wednesday 27th-Saturday 30th June 2012

Delivered by NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme, Making a Scene! is a three day residential youth arts practice summer school in Cork’s UCC, running from the 27th-30th of June 2012. Making a Scene! is about approaching your work with young people in a fresh way. It is an opportunity to be inspired; use new art forms; meet and socialise with other youth workers; and break out of your everyday routine and get creative!

funders logos DCYA, Arts Council

The three day summer school will offer workshops, outings and lots more that seek to stimulate your imagination and send you back home with a wealth of ideas and techniques for developing creative approaches for your work with young people. The three days will be full of inspiration, encouragement and enjoyment and are designed to offer you very practical art form techniques while also developing confidence around the processes involved in high quality youth arts activity. You will learn about ways to turn your big ideas into real-life creative projects.

Learn - The specialised art form workshops and events are tailored to offer those in the youth work sector an opportunity to develop new skills for arts work with young people. Offering creative skills development and practical approaches, you will come away from your experience with a ‘toolbox’ full of new skills, ideas and confidence.

Connect - As well learning new skills for your own practice, Making a Scene! will be an opportunity to get together with your peers across the sector, make valuable connections, swap stories, and celebrate what you do every day.

Create - The summer school aims to provide an intensive yet invaluable chance to create fresh ideas for your youth work practice and to encourage you to take the time to build new creative pathways and develop the confidence to use arts in your work with young people.


The summer school is designed for anyone working with young people in the non-formal education sector who wish to explore ways of introducing, enhancing and extending youth arts provision for the young people with whom they work. It is aimed at both those looking to improve their art-form and delivery techniques, or those totally new to youth arts.


Cost and Application

The cost of attending the summer school is €200.00 and includes all workshops, accommodation, food and all evening or external events. There is a special price of €150.00 for early bird bookings if payment is made by May 31st.  

Bookings will open on Wednesday 9th May and close on June 19th. See our website to reserve a place on the course or contact NYCI’s training administrator at  or 01 478 4122


Making a Scene! offers participants the opportunity to work with the highest quality youth arts practitioners over the course of the summer school. Each workshop is designed to offer those attending the chance to gain in-depth experience in art forms from a youth centred perspective. The workshops available during the summer school are:

  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Paper Art & Story
  • Theatre and Masks
  • Song-writing

Check out More about the More about the Workhops (MS DOC)

Each participant will be asked to list their preference for the 3-day workshop. The workshops are limited to 15 participants and are formulated in such a way as to address participants’ individual learning needs and goals. The workshops will create a space for youth workers to come together and explore, discuss, question, share ideas and learn skills.

Learning Outcomes

Some of the key learning outcomes from the summer school include:

  • Improve understanding of the ideas and principles underpinning youth arts practice
  • Explore the role of youth arts as a youth work methodology
  • Recognise models of good practice in youth arts
  • Recognise and develop the creative and imaginative skills required for high quality youth arts practice
  • Exchange experience and knowledge within a network of youth arts practitioners nationally

What last year’s participants had to say...

This was very worthwhile and can aid youth projects enormously. I’m looking forward to next year’s summer school and looking forward to learning some more new skills.

It was a fabulous experience and I hope to be able to use the skills as I think the filmmaking would be a very good project to motivate and stimulate young people.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to others. I have already started using my new skills with young people in our summer programmes!

Fantastic few days, very inspiring and energising. It has changed my views on youth work.

Was very enjoyable and thoroughly engaging workshops-very professionally run and I found it very useful for my work with young people.

For the first time, a summer school training exceeded expectations. I would definitely come back.

Very well organised-great facilitators, great for making contacts and exchanging ideas. Really enjoyable.

The overall experience was fantastic. The summer school was organised and run extremely well. Facilitators were fantastic and there were great group dynamics. I had a great time!

As they were all brilliant, I’m not sure which workshop to choose next year!

I was a great idea to get youth workers together to share our experiences and to experience the workshops from the young people’s perspective.

I think the arts is a great tool to work with young people, it can provide a platform for varying issues from creative expressions to self confidence.