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Make a difference: Access & Outreach

At NCAD we are passionate about raising aspiration and creating meaningful opportunities for engagement for young learners, mature learners and those with disabilities and other learning support needs. Access is embedded across NCAD and in particular the School of Education. NCAD students facilitate the Artist Mentoring Project and the Primary School Access Programme, becoming mentoring role models to young participants from our linked schools. Other cross college projects include Access Day, whereby every Department offers experiential workshops and the Student Shadowing Programme, giving two days studio immersion to visiting fifth-year pupils. Our pre-entry outreach programme has many layers, as we work with 30 local primary schools and after-school homework clubs and 32 secondary schools across Dublin. More recently, in partnership with sponsors Kennedy Wilson, we have extended our support to access graduates through The Clancy Quay Studio space.

Our remit is to work with schools that have a designated disadvantaged status and we have developed strong links with our partner school principals and art and design teachers. We collaborate with local and national arts and community organisations, including Tallaght Community Arts, the Digital Hub Development Agency, IMMA and the Hugh Lane Gallery. This collaborative approach focuses on programme and project development and allows us to increase our reach and engagement with young people who are interested in art, design and digital media. We are always open to exploring opportunities for collaboration and welcome the chance to discuss ideas with teachers, community organisations and other art and design professionals working with young people.

As a student at NCAD you will have an opportunity to get involved in our programme and become part of our outreach on one of our many projects. If you are interested please contact the Access Office, we look forward to meeting you.

For information contact:

Finola Mc Ternan
Access Officer –