Summer School

Summer School

Wednesday 29 July - Thursday 3 September

Calling all 14 to 19 year old creatives – come join the NUA free Summer School!

  • Join us for a range of creative workshops led by alumni, staff and current students
  • Explore a wide range of practices from designing album covers to introductory workshops on free software such as Blender, from character design with recycled materials to expressive painting – lots will be covered!
  • Plus – join sessions to help you to start thinking about how to you could bring together a unique portfolio and explore the many opportunities that are available in the creative industries

Make it official

As an attendee to the NUA Summer School, you will receive an official certificate that you can include in your personal statement.

To get your certificate, all you have to do is;

  • Attend a minimum of 6 workshops
  • Send us outcomes from at least 3 workshops

Upcoming Workshops 

Sessions run on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All times are in GMT+1.

Wednesday 29 July
2-3pm

2D Animation Character Design with Recycled Materials
Join current MA Moving Image and Sound student Valentina Huckova, for a workshop exploring character design and creation using recycled materials.

Learn about key processes when designing a 3D character from initial idea through to practical construction.

What do I need? You will need to source some recycled materials for this workshop

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used across Animation, Visual Effects, Games Art and Design and Illustration.

Thursday 30 July
11am-12pm

An Introduction to Typography Design

Join BA Graphic Design lecturer Jamie Johnstone, for an introductory talk and workshop on the use of typography design across the creative industries.

 

See some incredible case studies whilst designing unique typefaces of your own.

 

What do I need? You will need to source some small household materials for this workshop.

 

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used across Graphics, Illustration and Fine Art.

Wednesday 5 August
12-1pm

A Taste of User Interface Design

Sprung Studio’s Games Designer Aiden Lesanto will lead you in creating a User Interface artwork for Video Games by creating a Fantasy-themed “Radial Wheel” UI.

 

This workshop will cover how to create basic vector shapes in Illustrator/InkScape before bringing the design to life with styling and effects in Photoshop/GIMP.

 

What do I need? For this workshop you will need access to the free trial software Adobe Illustration or Adobe Photoshop on a digital device.

You can download the free software GIMP instead, but during the workshop we will be working in the above software.

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used across User Experience Design, Graphics, Web and App Design and Games Development.

Thursday 6 August
2-3pm

Designing Sculptures

As a professional Artist who creates site-specific public sculpture, nationally and internationally, Kaitlin Ferguson’s workshop will guide students through the steps of conception, design and creating a maquette of a public sculpture.

 

What do I need? For this workshop you will need access to some crafting materials.

 

Workshop skills. The skills in the is workshop cross over with many subjects including Fine Art, Architecture and Interior Design.

Wednesday 12 August
11am-12pm

Expressive Painting with artist Emily Powell

Emily Powell is a dynamic and expressive painter. Graduating from NUA in 2011, Emily co-founded Rhombus and Pineapple and is now tipped as one of the countries up and coming painters.

The workshop will feature a series of small, fun tasks with water-based paints and accessible materials. This workshop is open to all abilities.

 

What do I need? For this workshop you will need access to painting materials.

 

Workshop skills. The skills in the is workshop cross over with many subjects including Fine Art and Illustration.

Thursday 13 August
3-4pm

Drawing Headlines with YiMiao Shih  

YiMiao Shih is an artist, illustrator and embroiderer and the fifth Illustrator in Residence at the House of Illustration in 2018/19.

 

Join YiMiao for a fun and playful session using drawing and collage to express your thoughts and feelings around recent newspaper headlines and news stories.

 

Using Covid-19 and lockdown as a subject matter this workshop gives you an opportunity to express your own individual experience.

 

What do I need? For this workshop you will need access to some materials.

 

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used across Graphics, Illustration and Fine Art.

Wednesday 19 August
3-4pm

3D Digital Character Creation  

This workshop will show you the possibilities of what can be done with Blender 3D software whilst having some fun. 

 

You will learn how to navigate in a 3D world and make your very own simple 3D character that you can render as an image from any angle. 

 

What do I need? For this workshop you will need access to the latest version of the free software Blender 2.8 on a digital device.

 

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used across Games Art and Design, Animation, Visual Effects and Illustration.

Thursday 20 August
4.00-5.00pm

Ethical Fabric Dyeing

Join Mia Sylvia and learn how to harness colours and patterns from natural ingredients.

This workshop focuses on using foraged and organic matter, such as plants, flowers, food-waste and natural pigments to extract colour in order to dye up-cycled fabrics and garments.

What do I need? For this workshop you will need access to some food waste materials and fabrics.

 

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used across Fashion and Interior Design.

 

Wednesday 26 August
10.30-11.30am

Something from Nothing

This workshop is designed to get you creating visual concepts and ideas for a new fashion/culture or lifestyle publication.

 

Participants will create digital mood boards using text and image around their chosen concept.

 

What do I need? For this workshop you will need access to a laptop, computer or tablet.

 

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used across Fashion Communication and Promotion and Fashion Marketing and Business, Interior Design and Textile Design courses.

Thursday 27 August
11am-12pm

Album Cover Design 

Designer Natty Peterkin takes you through a guide to designing an album covers from conception using the software Adobe Photoshop to get a professional finish.

 

What do I need? For this workshop you will need access to the free trial software Adobe Photoshop.

You can download the free software GIMP instead, but during the workshop we will be working in the above software.

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used across many subjects including Illustration and Graphics.

Wednesday 2 September 
4-5pm

Writing for Film and TV

An Introduction to Screenwriting – This workshop will introduce students to the concept of screenwriting and how stories are written for Film and TV.

Students will learn the fundamentals to write their own short screenplays and explore actual screenplays of their favourite films and shows.

What do I need? For this workshop it would be useful to have a pen/pencil and some paper.

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used across many subjects including Film and Moving Image, Games Art and Design, Animation and Acting.

Thursday 3 September 
4-5pm

Developing an Actor’s Perception 

Actor and teacher Michael Norton leads this workshop, which focuses on developing the actor’s core ability to observe, listen and play in your everyday life.

 

Building on tools and tasks you can practice anywhere, we’ll look at status, tactics, objectives and building a character from observation.

 

What do I need? Pen or pencil and paper.

 

Workshop skills. You will learn skills that can be used within subjects such as Acting and Film and Moving Image Production.

 

FAQs

Can I join if I am older/younger than the recommended age?

These workshops have been aimed and designed for those aged 14 to 19 years old but if you are outside of this age range then you can still join.

  • For those younger – we will email you separately to seek parental/guardian consent that you have permission to join the event. If you are unable to receive permission to join the event, we will send the recording to you instead,

Will I receive a recording of the workshop if I am unable to attend?

We will be recording all workshops and making them available to all those who have booked. We would therefore suggest you book your place on the events you are interested in attending even if you can no longer join closer to the day.

Does watching the recording count to the 6 workshops?

Yes, if you watch the recording instead of attending the live event then this will count toward your 6 workshops.

What outcomes do I need to send and how can I share these?

Your outcomes from the workshops can be sent to us via email – studentrecruitment@nua.ac.uk – and these should ideally be photographs of the work you produced either during the event or afterwards.

Your work won’t be assessed or judged as part of the process to receive a certificate and is just to demonstrate your involvement with the session.

How will I receive my certificate?

We will be posting your physical certificate out to you after the final event has finished, so please ensure that you provide an up-to-date address when signing up for an event.

Is there a risk assessment and safeguarding in place for this series?

We are happy to share our risk assessment and safeguarding information with you should you require this. Please email us at studentrecruitment@nua.ac.uk for more information.

Need help? Chat to our friendly recruitment team

Book a place on an Open Day, or to find out more about how to apply for a course at NUA, please give us a call.