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NI Science Week 2020 – Schools Application

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NI Science Week 2020 – Schools workshop application

Name – Exploring Computational Thinking Through Space
Year group – KS2
How many – 1 Class
Date – 12th February 2020
Time – 10:00 – 14:30
Description – This one day workshop will step participants through a series of collaborative activities that blend creativity, ICT and STEM together in a manner that will enrich learning and engage students, focusing on the topic of space.



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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.

For more information visit


BFI Film Academy Showcase 2019 from Tim Copsey on Vimeo.

Course Dates:


Every Thursday, 4:30pm – 9pm from 26th September 2019 to 13th February 2020.

(Excluding 31st October & 26th December & 2nd January)


Saturday Masterclasses

Several Saturday masterclasses with industry professionals.  Details to be confirmed.


Shoot Dates: Each group will be on set for one full weekend during December/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.


Application to the Film Academy is online at:

The deadline is by 5pm Wednesday 11th 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.


Summer Workshops 2019

AmmA Creative Workshops – Summer 2019


  • 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 14th June.
  • For any enquiries please contact Roberta Morton at AmmA on [028] 3751 2920.


Re-Making ‘Space Oddity’

Using Green Screen technology to re-create the David Bowie ‘Space Oddity’ video.  Participants will have the opportunity to create art work to build a space-like backdrop for a music video they will star in.  The Recording Studio, in AmmA, will also be used to re-create some of the vocals and instruments from the original song.

Date:  Mon 1st & Tues 2nd July [2-day workshop]

Age:  8 – 13



Street Art Masterclass with DMC

Street Artist DMC, Artist in Residence for the 7 Hills Blues Festival, will deliver a one-day Street Art Masterclass at the AmmA Centre, Armagh.  Students will learn the art of spray painting and creating experimental artworks which will be exhibited throughout Armagh during the 7 Hills Blues Festival.

Date:  Tues 2nd July 2019 [1-day workshop]

Age:  14 – 19



Superhero Movies

A one-day workshop where participants will create a simple digital movie on the topic of ‘superhero’.  Participants will work in teams to develop a story, shoot the scenes and edit the footage.  Participants are welcome to bring their own superhero props with them on the day to add to the drama of the movie.

Date:  Fri 5th July 2019 [1-day workshop]

Age:  7 – 11



Interactive Storytelling

Take storytelling to the next level by creating your own interactive space themed game.  In this one-day workshop you will create characters, power ups, levels and watch them come to life in your own game.

Date:  Fri 5th July 2019 [1-day workshop]

Age:  8 – 10



Minecraft Movies

Come and join us to take part in some Minecraft with the AmmA Centre’s Creative Learning Team!  Use green screen technology to merge the real world with the Minecraft world and create your very own YouTube style movie!

Date:  Mon 8th July 2019 [1-day workshop]

Age:  8 – 13



Young Hands Make Art!

Having fun with colour, shape and space – release your natural creativity and imagination through loads of messy, space-themed art activities in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

  • Fun mark-making, drawing, painting and many more hands-on activities
  • Using iPads to create all kinds of Digital art
  • A chance to meet new friends and create collaborative art work.

Dates:  Tues 9th & Wed 10th July 2019 [2-day workshop]

Age:  8 – 13



All workshops run from 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. at a cost of £5 per day.

Closing date for applications: 14th June 2019



Work Experience @ AmmA 2019

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As in previous years, we are offering Work Experience for your students during the week commencing Monday 15th April and Tuesday 16th April: 10.00 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 15th & Tuesday 16th April 2019 (lower/upper sixth students only)

Group 2: Visual Media Technology [2 days]: Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th April 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 29th March 2019.  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.




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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