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AmmA Teacher Training Courses 2018/19

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We offer professional learning opportunities for teachers and school staff throughout Northern Ireland. Our creative workshops are delivered by experienced educational practitioners and are tailored to the NI Curriculum.


Northern Ireland Screen Foundation Academy for Animation

Animation is a major growth area in the creative industries in Northern Ireland; in response to the high demand for skills and local talent, Northern Ireland Screen has launched a Foundation Academy for Animation.

Administered by the three Creative Learning Centres (CLCs), with Nerve Belfast taking the leading, the Academy is now actively seeking applications.

The Foundation Academy for Animation is open to any young person throughout the region aged 16-19 with the talent and commitment to take up a career within the animation industry.

It offers a unique programme focusing on the skills needed for 2D animation and Stop Motion animation, providing training and hands-on experience of these key roles within the industry. Participants will be introduced to the animation production process, learn about design, have the opportunity to animate characters using industry standard software and visit leading animation studios in Northern Ireland.

In this pilot year, the Foundation Academy for Animation is a partnership between the CLCs and Northern Ireland’s animation companies Sixteen SouthPaper OwlJam Media and Dog Ears. Award-winning local animators, Joel Simon and John McCloskey, will also contribute their talent and expertise.

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen, said:

“The animation sector in Northern Ireland currently has a 15% share of the UK animation market and there is clear potential to expand.

We want more young people coming into this exciting industry and the Academy is specifically designed to give them real, hands-on experience with award-winning and extremely successful companies who are already working with the likes of Netflix, Nickelodeon, Amazon and CBBC.  It is exceptionally important to develop and keep local talent and this programme could be a direct route into the industry, rather than third level education.  Northern Ireland’s animation sector is very interested in that approach.”

The launch of the new Foundation academy was also welcomed by Emma Fernando, Head of Production at Sixteen South animation company.

“We are extremely proud and excited to be involved with the Animation Academy. It’s absolutely fantastic that Northern Ireland Screen is taking real, practical steps to bridge the gap between education and industry. Getting young people into real studios and being taught by industry professionals is an opportunity like no other.”

The Northern Ireland Screen Foundation Academy for Animation will have two distinct levels.

Foundation level 1

The Foundation Academy will provide training in Stop Motion animation and 2D animation to at least 30 young people in a flexible format of one day or half-day workshops across the region. Participants entering the Foundation Academy at this level can progress to the second level next year if they show enough enthusiasm and commitment.

Foundation level 2 

The Foundation Academy will provide places for 20 young people who are keen to learn 2D Animation skills and can already demonstrate some basic ability to animate. This level of the Foundation Academy will provide creative skills development and technical training in many of the key roles involved in the animation industry, including 2D drawing, rigging, lay-out, digital painting, compositing, in-betweening and storyboarding, as well as producing, production management and screenwriting.

This group will meet on Saturdays and receiving training and guidance from local animation companies Sixteen SouthPaper Owl and Jam Media. A residential will take place in Derry in late November at the workplace of Dog Ears.

This pilot phase of the Foundation Academy will run from November 2018 to the end of March 2019.  The Foundation Academy for Animation is funded by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen.

Applications Details

Applications to the Northern Ireland Screen Foundation Academy for Animation can be made online at

The deadline for applications is Friday, 26th October and there will be a group selection day on the 30th October at Nerve Belfast Office, Ulidia Resource Centre.

For further information please contact Jennifer McAlorum either by email j.mcalorum@nervecentre.orgor phone 028 90 644333.




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Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry?

If so, the BFI Film Academy is for you. This course, delivered by AmmA Centre Armagh, offers you the chance to be part of our future film industry.  You will get hands-on experience in filmmaking and participate in masterclasses with industry professionals learning what it takes to make it in the film world. You will watch and discuss films from all around the world.  In groups you will produce your very own short film and work towards gaining an NCFE Award qualification.

Once you have completed the course, you will become part of the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks.

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Course Dates:

Every Thursday, 4:30pm – 9pm from 27th September 2018 to 21st February 2019. 

(Excluding 1st November & 27th December & 3rd January)

Saturday Masterclasses

1st December in Armagh – Costume and Production Design.

Visit to Londonderry as part of Film Foyle Festival on 17th or 24th November.

A couple more Saturday dates are to be confirmed. 

Shoot Dates Each group will need to be on set for one full weekend during January.

You need to make sure you can make these sessions before applying.

Main location: AmmA Centre, Markethouse, Armagh BT61 7BU

Cost: The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy delivered by AmmA Centre is £25, refundable in full upon successful completion of the course.

Eligibility: You need to be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the first day of the Academy programme. You must be a UK resident and able to commit to the programme for its duration and not be attending university.

To apply email for an application form or collect one from the AmmA Centre reception.  Send it back to us by post, email or in person FAO Jo Barnett at the above address by 5pm Thursday 20th September. 


You will be contacted by us by email to confirm if your application has been successful.

If you have any queries please contact us by email: or call the AmmA Centre on 028 3751 2920. 



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Registration closes on the 3rd August.

Nerve Belfast are hosting an AniJam as part of @anijamuk!
This summer, animators across the UK are invited to take part in the first ever nationwide 48-hour animation challenge. With regional heats in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a public vote and exclusive prizes up for grabs, AniJam UK aims to inspire and showcase new work from emerging and established talent.

The regional heat for Northern Ireland will take place on Friday 10th – Sunday 12th August. For the competition you will need to have your own equipment/resources/software and facilities in order to complete your animation at home.

Animators aged 18+ can compete for free in teams of 2 to 5 people, creating an original film based on a secret theme. The short films can be in any style of animation and from 15 to 90 seconds in length. Up to three films will be selected from each regional heat to form a shortlist eligible for final awards.

The shortlist will be screened at a range of venues including Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in September, and Manchester Animation Festival in November, and the competition will be opened up to public vote online at

As well as the Public Choice Award, there will be a Grand Prix selected by a panel of industry experts, including representatives from key UK film and animation festivals, studios and organisations such as BAFTA Cymru and the BFI. Prizes include bespoke trophies created by Animation Toolkit, delegate tickets to key UK festivals, and distribution by ShortsTV – ‘the global home of short movies’.

Animators who would like to take part in the AniJam UK challenge should visit for details of venues and the wider programme, and to register a team.

A briefing will be held at Nerve Belfast Ulidia Resource Centre Belfast on Friday 10th August at 11.30. You will be given the secret theme and will then have 48 hours to create an animation, (if you are unable to attend the briefing please make arrangements to Skype/ video call into the meeting)


*APPLICATIONS CLOSED – Summer Workshops 2018

AmmA Creative Workshops – Summer 2018


  • Workshops run from 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. [unless stated otherwise]
  • Workshops cost £5 per day.
  • Visit to apply online.
  • Applications should be submitted online by Friday 15th June.
  • For any enquiries please contact Roberta Morton at AmmA on [028] 3751 2920.



An epic three-day challenge to construct a virtual replica of the new Armagh Southern Regional College (SRC) using Minecraft.  Participants will:

  • have an opportunity to visit the construction site for a guided survey of the new build;
  • work from real 2D architectural plans to build a scaled copy of the entire new site;
  • work in teams to build the large scale structure from foundation to completion!

Dates:  Monday 2nd – Wednesday 4th July 2018 [3-day workshop]

Number of Places:  12

Age:  12 – 15



Young Hands Make Art!

Having fun with colour, shape and space – release your natural creativity and imagination in response to artists’ work, storytelling and music.

  • A series of fun mark-making, drawing and painting activities;
  • Responding to sounds and music;
  • A chance to create and collaborate art work.

Dates:  Tuesday 3rd – Wednesday 4th July 2018  [2-day workshop]

Number of Places:  12

Age:  8 – 13



Create and Animate

Be part of a collaborative animation.  Develop your animation skills to create a bespoke animation for screening at Armagh’s famous 7 Hills Blues Fest 2018.  Applicants must have previous animation experience.

Dates:  Monday 9th – Tuesday 10th July 2018  [2-day workshop]

Number of Places:  8

Age:  15 – 18



Game Making

This 2-day workshop will take you through everything you need to know about creating games.    Learn all about creating characters, settings, enemies, power-ups as well as how storytelling can change how a game plays.  Learn basic coding techniques used in games such as Mario, Overwatch, Fortnite and many more.  This will be a fun and challenging workshop.

Dates:  Wednesday 18th – Thursday 19th July 2018  [2-day workshop]

Number of Places:  16

Age:  8 – 12



Work Experience @ AmmA 2018 – Applications Closed

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As in previous years, we are offering Work Experience for your students during the week commencing Monday 26th March and Tuesday 27th March: 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. 

This Work Experience consists of a ‘task’ that will be set for each of the groups involved.  The task will reflect the work skills that are expected in the music and multi media workplace.  The work will be set, monitored and assessed by AmmA staff.  The task will be industry standard work and will necessitate teamwork and working to tight deadlines.

Students will have to make an online application to secure a place on the programme.  In the Centre we consider the responses on the online application to be a very important part of the work experience and last year it was the quality of information supplied on the form that allowed us to allocate the limited places available.

The two work experience programmes are as follows:

Group 1: Music Technology [2 days]: Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th March 2018 (lower/upper sixth students only)

Group 2: Visual Media Technology [2 days]: Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th March 2018 (age 16+ students only)

This is the only ‘work experience’ offered by AmmA due to the constraints on our staff throughout the year.

Applications must be submitted online by Friday 9th March 2018.  Contact teachers will then be notified regarding allocation of places.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the AmmA Centre on 028 3751 2920.



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