The NUI Certificate in Youth Arts is developed and delivered in partnership by Maynooth University and the National Youth Council of Ireland. It is a part-time programme of study (November 2021 – June 2022) in youth arts practice with focus on the emerging field of STEAM in Youth Work. It will introduce those working in non-formal education to the concepts, principles and practice of youth arts and STEAM in Youth Work using a context and practice approach. Successful completion leads to an award of the National University of Ireland at Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework with 20 credits within the European Credit Transfer System.
The programme is delivered over 100 contact hours of blended learning, including 16 half-day weekly online sessions and two two-day residentials in Maynooth University. Details of delivery will be adjusted to align with public health guidelines.
Youth Arts can be broadly defined as young people taking part voluntarily in creative, cultural or expressive activity outside of the formal education process. It can encompass participation and appreciation, as well as engagement with arts work specifically created by, with or for young people.
The aim of the NUI Certificate in Youth Arts is to further develop and enhance arts practice in youth work, so that more young people can experience arts in a non-formal educational setting as makers, creators, participants, audience members and critics.
The inclusion of a STEAM specialism will further enhance practitioners’ abilities to develop creative spaces with young people in youth work settings.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.
STEAM in Youth Work
Recent independent evaluations of NYCI’s professional development services have demonstrated that that STEAM in Youth Work can:
Evaluations have also shown that our professional development services have supported a diverse and inspiring range of practice in the field covering electronics, robotics, coding, sustainability, ecology, botanical art, light, space and the universe.
Past guest speakers within NYCI’s Arts and STEAM programme initiatives have been provided by Young Irish Filmmakers, Lynn Scarf, National Museum of Ireland, Clondalkin Youth Service and artists and STEAM practitioners with youth participation specialisms such as Joe Coveney and Maeve Clancy. Site visits have included the Science Gallery, Google Headquarters Dublin, National Museum of Ireland, Rialto Youth Project, Axis Ballymun and Tallaght Young Filmmakers.
November 2021 – June 2022
The usual fee for this programme is €1250. However, this year with support from our funders, we can offer a subsidised rate of €400. This cost includes €250 towards Maynooth University fees as well as two nights’ accommodation and two evening meals during in-person residentials.
This programme is funded by the Science Foundation of Ireland, the Arts Council and the Department for Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
Participants in the NUI Certificate in Youth Arts will:
Assessment is continuous throughout the programme and includes essays, reflective writing, individual and group work, presentations and the delivery of a STEAM in Youth Work project with young people.
This programme is suitable for anyone with at least two years’ experience working with young people in non-formal education settings with an interest in:
The programme will include youth workers and other non-formal educators, community development workers, youth arts practitioners, STEAM engagement practitioners and science communicators (this list is not exhaustive).
Participants must have been at least 21 years old on 1st January 2021. Participants must be currently working as a volunteer or paid employee with young people in a non-formal education setting and have support from their organisation to take part in the programme and to deliver a STEAM in Youth Work project with young people in 2022.
Express your interest
The application process will open in June 2021. If you are interested in applying and would like to be notified as soon as the application process opens please complete this Expression of Interest form.
The youth arts Certificate allowed me to develop professionally and in turn equipped me to help others develop their practice.
The impact of the Certificate on my work practice has been immense. The planning, organisation, methodologies and focus are much clearer and more efficient than before. It has also directly led to paid employment and good working relationships with arts, youth and community organisations.
I now am more relaxed when delivering STEAM activities with young people. I am more confident and able to enjoy the process of mutual learning with young people. Without the training I wouldn’t know where to start or even think I am capable. It’s fantastic knowing that you have support to enhance our projects.
I took part in two in house STEAM workshops with our young people and the guidance and self discovery that took part within the session was very enriching for the development of the young people’s practical and social skills.
The majority of our young people would be kinaesthetic learners. The activities, project and ideas that are developed by NYCI STEAM fit with our learners. They learn skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving. They are learning in such a way as they do not realise they are learning. They are learning through doing and discovery.
The Certificate 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.