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Future Creators returns to The Digital Hub following successful pilot programme.

Future Creators returns to The Digital Hub following successful pilot programme.

The Digital Hub's Future Creators initiative - run in conjunction with the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) - has recommenced with a new group of teenagers from the Liberties area of Dublin.

 

Future Creators gives young people an opportunity to develop digital media skills while exploring their creative potential and the second run of the initiative kicked-off on Tuesday, 23rd October 2012.

 
The initiaitve will see 25 young people, ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old, attend classes at The Digital Hub on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  They will develop digital media skills, explore creativity and build self-confidence in an atmosphere of collaboration, trust, challenge, fun and friendship.
 
The emphasis of Future Creators is on self-directed and group-based learning within an informal setting.  Modules on the following areas will be covered:
  • Digital image manipulation
  • Blogging
  • Animation
  • Digital 2D & 3D print
  • App design
  • Video editing
  • Sound editing
The Future Creators participants will be guided by Lead Tutor, David Cotter, who holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Art & Design Education (National College of Art & Design, Dublin) and has extensive teaching experience across primary, post-primary and learning environments outside of mainstream education. 
 
45 second-level students applied to participate in the Future Creators programme, and the final group of 25 young people were selected following an interview.  Theses participants are students in CBS Synge Street, CBS James Street, Presentation Secondary School Warrenmount, St Patricks Grammar School and St Pauls CBS, North Brunswick Street.
 
You can follow the progress of the Future Creators over the coming months here.

 

About the Future Creators Pilot Programme.

 

The Future Creators programme is a collaboration between the Digital Hub Development Agency and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). 

 
The first programme was held from October 2011 to May 2012. Classes were held at The Digital Hub twice weekly during the school term, for two hours from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Three workshops also took place in NCAD on two evenings during the programme.  The majority of the 20 participants chose to develop iPhone apps, with others opting for film, gaming, photography, audio and digital embroidery projects.
 
Speaking at a showcase of Future Creators work, held at the NCAD (21.06.12) to mark the end of the programme 14-year-old Darragh Byrne – one of the programme participants – said: “I really enjoyed taking part in Future Creators.  We learned how to make apps, websites, short films and online games.  It was totally different to the type of stuff we learn at school.  I made an app about curry because I’m a bit obsessed with finding the best curry in Ireland.  You can use the app to find restaurants in your location that sell curry and to review and rate them."
 
The Future Creators alumni will be invited to participate in follow up sessions at NCAD in the coming months.
 
The programme has been independently evaluated and an analysis of the finding has been forwarded to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).
 
For further information on the programme please contact The Digital Hub’s Learning Programme:
 
t. 00 353 1 4806 200
 

Watch a video interview with the Future Creators course coordinators and the young participants.
 
 
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