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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.



Strule Summer Workshops

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Strule Summer Workshops


Minecraft (24 – 27th July 2017)
An epic four day challenge to construct a virtual Strule Shared Education Campus using Minecraft.

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Quick Fire Filmmaking (24th & 25th & 26th July 2017)

Fancy yourself as a budding film maker or maybe  you just want to make short clips to share with friendS and family? Then these one day workshops are for you!

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Big Art (27 – 28th July 2017)

Have fun with colour, shape and space – release your natural creativity and imagination in response to other artists’ work. Play your part in creating a collaborative art work with other young people.

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Digital Technology Courses in AmmA – Term 3

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We are offering the following digital technology courses to teachers during Term 3. All courses will take place in the AmmA Centre from 9.30 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

Soundscape [Primary / Post-Primary]

In this course participants will explore the elements of a soundscape.     Participants will experience how to capture ‘real world’ sounds digitally and manipulate these sounds using various effects and techniques. Participants will discover how to blend all these together.

Date: Wednesday 7th June 2017                                   No. of Places: 14

Digital Storytelling – Green Screening, Animation and Interactive Book Design [Primary / Post-Primary]

In this course, participants will consider a ‘wider literacy’ that includes using film and digital media in their teaching. The course will look at a range of theoretical and practical activities with examples of good practice that can be applied across the curriculum.   Participants will be guided through the process of reviewing film and developing critical skills through to producing a form of digital storytelling using either green screen technology, animation or interactive book design.

Date: Thursday 8th June 2017                                         No. of Places: 20

Scratch [Primary only]

Scratch is a highly interactive tool designed specifically to engage young people in the basics of programming.     This course is designed to introduce Scratch and Scratch Jr in the context of the ‘Interactive Design’ tasks set out for ‘Using ICT’. The hands-on workshop will explore the exciting new features of Scratch 2.0 and equip you with all the skills to introduce it in your school.

Date: Tuesday 13th June 2017                                        No. of Places:12



Please complete and return the attached application form by Friday 26th May 2017.


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