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Introduction to Creative Use of Archives

1 Nov 2022 — 12 Dec 2022

Introduction to Creative Use of Archives

Professional Skills for Creative Industries

The aim of this short course is to develop skills in research and archive navigation, with an emphasis on creative use of archives. The course explores how the archives can be a repository of seed ideas for creative output, and how artefacts and assets in the archive can be harvested creatively. In short, the course is about utilising the material of a digital archive for the purpose of narrative construction and development and to present the findings in a narrative form – written, visual and/or audio.

In this course, you will:

  • Gain a general overview of what an archive is and what is in the archives;
  • Explore how the archives can be a repository of seed ideas for creative output;
  • Learn how to navigate the boundaries between research and creative sources, and explore this relationship for creative practitioners;
  • Learn how to use files, documents, photos and props as a source of idea generation and how to use the archive to construct a story;
  • Research a narrative project through archival sources and design a narrative fieldwork project.


You will be assessed through project and presentation work.


1st November 2022 – In person workshop from 10am to 1pm

Field Trips (optional) will be organised to visit different archives in Dublin as part of the course

12 December 2022 – In person project presentation from 10am to 1pm

2 x 1 hour online tutorials (dates and times will be organised with each student)


What are the Entry Requirements?

  • Leaving Certificate Examination (Level 5 Award) or equivalent.
  • Applicants without this qualification may also be considered based on their prior experience and learning through IADT’s RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process.

Note: Access to a laptop/desktop and internet is required to participate on this course.

Are there any fees?

The course is offered free of charge; funded by IADT and the Creative Futures Academy, under the Higher Education Authority’s Human Capital Initiative.

How do I apply?

Please apply by completing our Creative Futures Academy Application Form

Application deadline: 20th October 2022 at 4pm.

Contact IADT

Please email any queries to Elena Somoza, IADT Creative Futures Academy Co-ordinator, at

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