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DIT announces Ireland’s first ever ‘academy of play’

Posted: 25 March, 2015

Idea Camp kicks off with Ireland’s only creativity summer camp for 8-12 year olds.

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) today announced Ireland’s first ever creative academy.  It will be called Idea Camp – the academy of creative play, and will be situated in phase one of Ireland’s newest third-level campus in Grangegorman, Dublin.

It will start its programme in June 2015 with Ireland’s only creativity summer school where 8-12 year olds will get a chance to explore music, art, design, food and gaming in a higher education setting.

Speaking at the launch today John O’Connor – Dean, College of Arts and Tourism said: “Creative and cultural industries have the potential to add millions of euro to our economy each year, but unless we prepare and practice creativity we will not maximise our potential.”

“Idea Camp has a simple mission – to promote life-long creativity as an essential element of a well-rounded education. We will use creative play to help children, students and organisations to develop a way to create, and to express their talents,” said O’Connor.

“Everyone is born creative, but only a few get a real chance to practice it every day. At Idea Camp we want to use creative play as a way to think differently about how to face challenges and solve problems,” he added.

Idea Camp will take place on the new DIT city-centre campus at Grangegorman.  The campus opened in September 2014 with the first 1000 students of art, design, photography and social sciences, and 150 members of staff.  By 2017, some 10,000 DIT students will be located at Grangegorman, bringing more than 50% of DIT activities on to one campus for the first time in its history.

About Idea Camp – www.ideacamp.ie

Idea Camp – the academy of creative play - starts with two 1-week summer camps for 8-12 year olds from June 29th to July 10th 2015.

Established in 2015 by Dublin Institute of Technology to help children, students and organisations to develop a way to create, and to express their talents, it will be run by the academic staff of the DIT College of Arts and Tourism.

Its mission is to nurture and promote life-long creativity as an essential element of a well-rounded education. It will achieve this by using play to help students to develop a way to create, and to express their talents.