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NYCI Certificate in Youth Arts - support stipends

Kildare County Council Arts Service offering support stipends to participants on Certificate in Youth Arts with NYCI

Kildare County Council Arts Service will offer support stipends to successful applicants from Kildare on the NYCI Certificate in Youth Arts (accrediting body NUI Maynooth)

Stipends will be awarded on a needs basis upon successful acceptance to the Certificate. For further information please contact Kildare County Council Arts Service.

The Certificate in Youth Arts is a part time, year long university accredited course of study in Irish Youth Arts Practice managed and delivered by the Arts Programme at NYCI.(Accrediting body: NUI Maynooth, Dept of Applied Social Studies)

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 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 seven 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, past Arts Council member and Director of National Association for Youth Drama, Philippa Donnellan, Director of Broadreach at CoisCeim 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 closing date for applications is Friday, 3rd October 2014.
  • All those meeting minimum criteria will be invited to attend a group workshop on Friday, 17th October 2014 (morning)All those who do not meet minimum criteria will receive a letter explaining that they have not been successful.  
  • The group workshop will include group discussion and activities intended to explore in more detail applicant’s background and experience, expectations of the course etc.  We will also explore how people participate and engage in a group.  It will be led by a panel comprising the arts team at NYCI, the course tutors and possibly an independent facilitator.
  • From the group workshop 20 people will be offered places within 5 days of the workshop.
  • Prospective participants will be asked to accept or decline their place by Friday, 24th October 2014.

For full details on the course including dates for 2014/2015 module outlines, assessment methods and other relevant information, please download the Prospectus for 2014/2015 here

You can also download the Application Form by clicking on the link below:

Download the Application Form         

Applications should be returned with 2 sealed references for the attention of the Youth Arts Programme, National Youth Council of Ireland, 3 Montague St, Dublin 2. Please mark correspondence. ‘Certificate in Youth Arts Application’. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd October 2015. 

For further information please contact:

Kildare County Council Arts Service

Tel: 045-448328

Email: arts@kildarecoco.ie

Web: www.kildare.ie/artsservice

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