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Seize the opportunity to experience university life with UCD’s Summer School for secondary school students entering 6th Year or (Year 13 A-Level) in September 2024.


History, Classics, Art History & Creative and Cultural Industries Summer School

Wednesday June 5th, 9.00am-4.00pm

For students interested in studying History, Classics, Art History or Creative and Cultural Industries at UCD.

What happens on the day?

During the UCD History, Classics, Art History & Creative and Cultural Industries Summer School, you will attend sample lectures from leading experts connected with the programmes, participate in interactive workshops, take a campus tours while also receiving information on the wide ranging career opportunities available to graduates.

Who can register?

The Summer School is for students who are going into 6th year or Year 13 (A Level) in September 2024.

What does it cost?

The Summer School costs €35 and includes a sandwich lunch and tea/coffee. A reduced rate of €15 is available for applicants whose families are in receipt of job-seekers or disability payments. If you wish to avail of this discount rate please email summerschool@ucd.ie for a discount code before booking your course.


Enquiries in relation to the UCD History, Classics, Art History & Creative and Cultural Industries Summer School can be made to Emer Beesley (emer.beesley@ucd.ie )

Where will the UCD History, Classics, Art History & Creative and Cultural Industries Summer School take place?

The Summer School will take place in the UCD Newman Building. The building is number 41 on the UCD Map

Time Activity
9.45am Registration
10.00-11.30am Classics – Martin Brady
An Introduction to Classics & MythologyFrom the heroic feats of Greek gods to the epic tales of Norse legends, discover the timeless stories that have captivated minds for centuries. Join us as we unravel the mysteries and magic of the past.
11.30-11.45am Short Break
11.45am-1.15.pm Art History – Dr Róisín Kennedy

The World of the Artist – Jack B. Yeats Studio

This session uses the contents of Jack B. Yeats’s studio, now in the National Gallery of Ireland, and the prominent paintings by the artist in the collection of the Gallery, to show how Art History analyses visual material and documents to understand how artists work, what sources and ideas they use, how artworks are made and how they come into the collections of major museums.  This is a whistlestop tour of the practice of one of Ireland’s most exciting, diverse and challenging  artists, offering you an insight into the discipline of Art History and how it works in actuality.

1.15-2.00pm Lunch at Gather & Gather
2.00-3.30pm History – Dr Jeremiah Garsha

History and Humour

This session will be about the historical use of humour to speak truth to power. We will investigate the ways satire has been deployed to draw attention to the issues of the day, along with historical forms of mockery and lampooning as a form of protest. Humour is a tricky weapon in that it can be used to punch up, as well as down. And the deeper into the past we go, the more likely it becomes that we may no longer get the joke. We will therefore look at the importance of providing historical context in order to understand how, why, and if something is funny. In exploring historical uses of humour, we will also encounter the range of source materials at a historian’s disposal, from illustrations and written essays, to film, songs, and memes.

3.30pm Creative & Cultural Industries- Donal Fullam

Video Games and the Meaning of Choice

The way that video games work and the way we play them communicates something important about the society we live in. In this session, we will explore how video games are designed to offer choices and how these choices carry underlying messages about social values we often take for granted. We will play a selection of games, talk about how they work, and explore how the choices we make tell us about technology, consumer culture, and capitalism.

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