Established in 1999, ArtsTrain is the only dedicated youth drama facilitation training programme in Ireland. The course aims to provide training in the art of drama facilitation and youth arts, and to develop an understanding of good youth theatre practice.
The learning takes place in a workshop context, through the trainees' active participation, observation, dialogue and analysis. Other skills explored are intuition, people skills, communication, imagination, planning and organisation.
Two specific modules are delivered:
- Drama Facilitation Methodologies (FETAC level 6)
- Drama Facilitation Practice (FETAC level 6)
Both modules are delivered with already existing NCVA FETAC modules (level 5).
As part of the course work, participants deliver workshops to their peers as well as to youth theatre groups and demonstrate their understanding of the material through essays and a written project.
ArtsTrain is a full-time course and runs throughout the year. Training begins in September. It is funded through the FAS Local Training Initiative. Participants in receipt of Jobseeker's payment qualify for a training allowance.
How To Apply
The selection process has been completed for the next course to begin in September 2012. We look forward to working with the new participants!
If you want to find out more about applying for a future course, contact ArtsTrain or phone 01-8781301.
NAYD Develops Level 6 Major Award
The FETAC level 6 Major Award in Drama, developed by NAYD, has been published on the National Framework of Qualifications and is available for delivery on FETAC accredited programmes. Included as components in the Award are a number of modules specifically created by NAYD including Engaging with Drama, Creating Drama, Drama Facilitation Practice, Drama Facilitation Theory and Theatre Studies. To view the award go to http://www.fetac.ie/fetac/awardsDirectory.do?method=getMajorAwardDetails&majorAwardId=15473:
- employed as youth theatre directors/leaders
- facilitating a wide range of groups including youth drama, community and adult drama groups
- facilitating drama in both primary and secondary schools
- studying Theatre and Drama at Higher Diploma and Degree level
- working on international projects
- employed as Arts Administrators by Local Authorities and other organisations
- employed in the youth work sector
What Particpants have to say:
To be taught by remarkable individuals, who devote so much energy and wisdom to their work, had a tremendous impact on me as an individual and as a facilitator.
The course gave me a greater understanding of how I learn and work as a facilitator and I have made huge changes in my approach to facilitating groups. I also gained confidence in my ability to work as a facilitator and I know now I have a much more professional approach to my work.
I have never been on a course where there was so much support, interest, motivation and feedback from the tutors as was shown to me as a participant of ArtsTrain.
I definitely feel that the ArtsTrain programme has provided me with the confidence, skills and awareness needed to be a facilitator.
I feel very confident and equipped to facilitate a group. I really feel that ArtsTrain has given me the tools to be a drama facilitator.
ArtsTrain is a National Association for Youth Drama programme. It is funded through the FÁS Local Training Initiative.