City Life

City Life


From the Interaction Design Track of NCAD + UCD International Summer School. Courtesy of NCAD Interaction Design.
April 23, 2015
City Life

July 13–31, 2015

National College of Art and Design (NCAD)
100, Thomas Street

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A new international summer school will take place in Dublin’s city centre this July, exploring issues such as urban history, interaction design, spatial arts and architecture.

The City Life summer school is a joint initiative of University College Dublin (UCD) and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), and is being organised as part of the NCAD + UCD venture, a HEA-funded project to develop the institutional relationship between NCAD and UCD.

A range of cultural and creative leaders will contribute to the City Life summer school, including Dublin City Council City Architect, Ali Grehan and Director Emeritus of the National Museum of Ireland, Dr Pat Wallace.

Speaking at the announcement of the summer school programme, Professor Declan McGonagle, Director of NCAD, said: “This summer school will give attendees an opportunity to explore and respond to Dublin’s rich urban culture.  It will run over three weeks, and will combine tours, visits and special events with shared studio activity and focused workshops and lectures.”

“The summer school will be based at NCAD’s Thomas Street campus, in the heart of the historic centre of Dublin. Students will have unique access to leaders in the cultural and creative sector, and will meet and work with significant artists, museum directors and critical thinkers.”

City Life is targeted at students from a wide range of academic disciplines, including architecture, art, design, planning, geography, archaeology, media studies, computer science, humanities, business and engineering. The summer school will take place from Monday July 13 to Friday July 31. The cost of the programme is 2,500 EUR.

Also speaking at today’s programme announcement, Professor Hugh Campbell of UCD’s School of Architecture, who is leading the NCAD + UCD venture, said: “We have developed an exciting and engaging programme, which will unfold over three weeks, moving from an early research and review stage through studio work and workshops, and finally bringing ideas to fruition for dissemination though exhibition, presentation, and potential publication.

“What’s really exciting about this programme is the opportunity it presents to assess both the cultural heritage and the ongoing transformation of Dublin, from a city-centre base. We will offer a strand on “Culture, Memory and the City,” for example, which will address themes central to current national and international debates on memory and urban cultures. This is particularly topical given we are currently celebrating the Decade of Centenaries and the anniversary of 1916 is fast approaching.”

NCAD + UCD is a Higher Education Authority funded project to develop the institutional relationship between University College Dublin (UCD) and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), up to and including a full merger, is taking place between June 2014 and September 2015. UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities, and Ireland’s largest and most diverse university. NCAD offers the largest range of Art and Design degrees, and is the only institution specialising in Art and Design within university education in Ireland. Further to funding received under the HEA’s Strategic Innovation and Development Fund (SDIF) 2013 in October 2013, NCAD + UCD will develop and produce a detailed strategy plan for the future relationship between the two institutions.

The cost for the three-week summer school programme is 2,500 EUR. For further information and to apply for a place on the City Life summer school, visit Queries regarding the summer school can be directed to [email protected].


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