Minister for Education launches the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media

The Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin TD launched the first ever nationally funded Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media at the Project Arts Centre on Monday last (10th March 2008).

The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GRADCAM) is an exciting, unique project, bringing a team of creative minds together, to find new ways of addressing some of the key issues facing Ireland, and the world, today.

The first of its kind in the world, GRADCAM is a collaboration between four of Ireland's leading academic institutions, Dublin Institute of Technology, the National College of Art & Design, the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire, and the University of Ulster. GRADCAM is funded by the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions

Over the past decade Ireland' economic development has been driven by the quality of our education, and our competitive edge has come from our high standing in the 'nowledge economy'. International developments now mean that new leaders will bring an additional element to this, with the 'reative knowledge economy'.GRADCAM has been established to lead this development.

The first nine researchers at GRADCAM come from different backgrounds, and include artists, industrial designers, writers, computer experts, and critical thinkers. Bringing them together in the unique environment of the School will develop a new kind of 'reative think tank' where issues such as urban regeneration, working to meet the needs of an aging population, design in the health services, and new ways of managing and marketing the creative economies can be addressed.

Recognising that sometimes the solutions to problems lie in re-thinking the ways in which the problems are presented, GRADCAM is an independent group of doctoral researchers, working together, and separately, on looking at new ways to innovate and find cutting-edge solutions to those issues challenges and opportunities, that face us all today. Working with colleagues in Ireland and internationally, the GRADCAM project is the culmination of a long period of research and development, and brings the potential of intensive research and creative thinking away from the 'elite' atmosphere of the university, to find practical applications in the real world.

From computer gaming, design in healthy aging, and experimental education projects, to initiatives that promote social inclusion, and new ways of encouraging cultural activities in our cities and towns, the School' programme of lectures, seminars, projects, and conferences is pitched at the highest international level and will attract leading cultural practitioners and innovators to Ireland. The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media is a key development in retaining and developing the best and brightest of Ireland' creative talent and cultural innovators. The innovation leaders of tomorrow are being developed in the exciting creative mix that is at the heart of the new Graduate School.

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