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Deloitte Designers of the future (Design Workshops for Children)

  • Ulster Museum 19 Stranmillis Rd Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 United Kingdom (map)
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An exciting design day of free workshops for designers of the future. Workshops will cover a variety of topics to give a taste of the vast array of areas covered by design. Kindly supported by Deloitte Digital


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Children these days are taught in schools how to read, write, add and subtract numbers and ultimately, score well in exams. But are we teaching them the skills that the world will demand of them when they begin their future careers? 

Design Club is an interactive workshop that seeks to teach young people Design Thinking as a life skill. What is design thinking? It’s a proven mindset that businesses around the world are embracing to truly position themselves at the cutting-edge of their industries, whereby their people have the tools to be creative and deliver on their ideas. Design is no longer about who can draw or colour in. It’s about creative thinking, analysis, ideation and articulation, and most importantly empathy. Empathy for the people you are designing for.

Through the lens of building a mobile App, we will teach kids these tools; such as planning, sketching, prototyping, testing and iteration. Skills that they can take through their school days and into employment, setting them apart from their peers as they innovate to succeed.

Parents are encouraged to stick around and get involved, you never know what you might learn too.

At Deloitte, we are focused on the future now. We are working to imagine what the future of work looks like, what kind of skills we will need and how we will all be future-ready to embrace it. 

A smartphone will be required for these workshops with Marvel prototype installed in advance from the App store/ Google Play.

Session 1

Time: 10.00 - 11.00am

Venue: Ulster Museum

Session 2 SOLD OUT

Time: 11.30 - 12.30pm

Venue: Ulster Museum


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Come and enjoy a morning of play and learning. A fun filled family workshop of play, creative art activities and sensory experiences (dress for mess).

Time: 10.00 - 11.00am

Venue: Ulster Museum

SOLD OUT (join waiting list below)


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Every year the Unicode Consortium decides on additional emojis to join the current batch. Anyone can submit a proposal for an emoji character, could your idea be accepted next year?
Students will work in groups to create/develop a new emoji to added to 2019 list. They will guided through the process using design thinking strategies, and will learn about how to visually create represent their emoji, by one of MakeMatic's animators. Facilitated by Tara Walsh and Claire Bethell Makematic.

About Claire and Tara: Claire Bethell is the Motion Graphics Artist at MakeMatic. She has experience in graphic design and a passion for illustration. Tara is the Senior Learning Designer at MakeMatic. She has worked internationally in secondary and higher education, and corporate training for over 15 years.

Time: 10.00 - 11.30am

Venue: Ulster Museum


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Illustration is a great way of communicating ideas - big and small. It's a way of telling stories, of enhancing products, creating characters and can be used in a wide variety of ways. Get a flavour of illustration through this special workshop with author and illustrator Clive McFarland. You'll be able to learn how to create your own characters and illustrations using cut out paper illustration techniques.

About Clive: Clive McFarland is an author and illustrator of children’s picture-books. He grew up in Co. Tyrone before studying art in Derry and Liverpool. He has twice been shortlisted for the AOI World Illustration Awards, and worked with publishers including HarperCollins, Templar and Penguin US.

Session 1

Time: 12.00 - 1.30pm

Venue: Ulster Museum

Session 2 SOLD OUT

Time: 2.00 - 3.30pm

Venue: Ulster Museum


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Have you ever wondered how computers work? It's not as hard as you think: we can talk to them, just not the way we talk to other people. In this workshop, we're scrapping the motherboards for scraps of paper. Experience being a robot for an hour so you can learn how complex tasks are performed with simple instructions! All materials used will be recycled waste.

Facilitated by: Women Who Code Belfast & Farset Labs

About Women Who Code Belfast: Women Who Code is a non-profit organisation aimed to inspire women to excel in technology careers. Since 2013 we have gained almost 1,000 members in Belfast. We hold monthly events ranging from tech talks, coding workshops to networking socials. One of our main goals is to develop the next generation of tech leaders, starting with getting children fascinated about IT. Find out more at https://www.womenwhocode.com

About Farset Labs: Farset Labs is a community funded and volunteer operated charity, opened in 2012 as a place for creativity and technological tinkering. We’re open to everyone, no matter what you want to do, and we welcome people from all walks of life to use our space, come to our events, and get involved with the maker community in Northern Ireland. Visit farsetlabs.org.uk or email outreach@farsetlabs.org.uk for more information about events for children.

All materials will be provided.

Time: 1.30 - 3.00pm

Venue: Ulster Museum


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An exciting design day of free workshops for girl designers of the future. Workshops will cover a variety of topics to give a taste of the vast array of areas covered by design. These sessions are organised by Womenfolk and supported by Belfast City Council as part of a project to encourage more women to seek careers in the design industry.


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Just for girls in this workshop we’re going to work together to design, make the graphics, and produce the sound effects for a new totally unique game. You’ll be given an introduction to GameMaker, a free and easy to use cross-platform programme, and learn some of the basics of coding for games. This is going to be some hands on practical fun and the finished game will be made available online shortly after the workshop. No previous experience necessary.

This workshop is funded by Belfast City Council as part of a project to encourage more women to seek careers in the design industry so is just for girls aged 8 - 12 years

Time: 11.30 - 1.00pm

Venue: Ulster Museum

SOLD OUT (join waiting list below)


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This workshop will focus on book design and storytelling. There will be a brief introduction to the different stages of book making. This will include brainstorming ideas, storyboarding, weaving text and images together, dummy book making and the process of working on a final book itself. The workshop will have a particular focus on storyboarding; a fun and vital part of the design process behind creating a book. You will then have the choice of either taking these designs through to a mocked up book or generating a sample piece of artwork.

With Future Heritage being the theme of Belfast Design Week this year and it being the European Year of Cultural Heritage, who better to design our future than the next generation?

About Gemma: Gemma is an illustrator/author from the Causeway Coast. She graduated from Falmouth University in 2011 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration. She also graduated with her first authored and illustrated picture book deal after visiting the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, London Book Fair and New York during her final year of study. Her books have now been published globally and been nominated for numerous awards, such as the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, Dundee Picture Book Award and Coventry Inspiration Book Awards.

She originally specialised in writing and illustrating children’s books, but has been actively broadening the scope of her portfolio in recent years. Her Causeway Coast roots have always been of huge inspiration in terms of mark making, colour and the natural theme within her work and she’s currently finishing a large body of work based on the theme, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Lottery Funds. Gemma is also working on several new book ideas, running her own print business and is currently a judge in the Tourism Northern Ireland Young Travel Writers Competition.  

This workshop is funded by Belfast City Council as part of a project to encourage more women to seek careers in the design industry so is just for girls aged 10 - 14 years

Time: 1.30 - 3.00pm

Venue: Ulster Museum

SOLD OUT (join waiting list below)


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This mini animation master classes by Can Do Academy is a great introduction for children to the colourful world of stop motion animation! The workshop will allow participants to make a complete animated Lego film on an iPad, using sound effects, visual effects, titles and lots of imagination! Your child will learn to use special iPad apps and they will receive a copy of their film at the end of the session! 

Facilitated  by  Cando Academy www.candoacademy.com

About Cando Academy: Joel Simon is a practising animator, current director of Hola Lola Animations and previously the founder of Flickerpix Animations.

He has over twenty years experience working in the animation industry and has worked with clients including CBBC, Comic Relief, Sesame Street and Channel 4. 

Joel has been delivering animation and storyboarding workshops for years, working with Cinemagic, Nerve Belfast, NVTV and a range of Art centres across Northern Ireland. 

Joel enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for animation with kids and seeing them develop new skills.

Jenny Simon is an experienced Art and Moving Image Arts teacher who has worked on a broad range of projects within the Education and Community Arts sectors. Jenny began exploring animation nearly two decades ago during her first teaching job as a way of engaging teenage boys who were loosing interest in Art.

Since then she has facilitated animation and digital photo manipulation workshops for a range of clients including Belfast City council, Cinemagic, Titanic Belfast, CCEA and NVTV. 

Jenny says ‘I enjoy working out how to engage and encourage participants, how to find the right style of animation for them and working to enable them to communicate an idea or express a feeling’.

Together Jenny and Joel have three children, it is through the experience of battling screen time allowances with their children that the idea of Can Do Academy was born...

Jenny and Joel believe in using iPad time to creatively stretch the minds of young people, using iPads to develop new skills and get the brain working. 

This workshop is funded by Belfast City Council as part of a project to encourage more women to seek careers in the design industry so it is just for girls aged 7 - 12 years.

Time: 3.00 - 5.00pm

Venue: Ulster Museum

SOLD OUT (join waiting list below)


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Let’s build Belfast out of cardboard boxes and a range of other exciting materials. What would you add to make the city better, what might you take away? Together we will envisage a new Belfast and create a 3D representation of this city using cardboard and other exciting materials.

Facilitated by: Thread & Ink Collective

About Thread & Ink Collective: Thread&Ink Collective are a group of local artists, designers and illustrators who will be using their skills to assist children in the making of their dream spaces/buildings.

This workshop is funded by Belfast City Council as part of a project to encourage more women to seek careers in the design industry so is just for girls aged 8 - 12 years

Time: 3.30 - 5.00pm

Venue: Ulster Museum


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A speed branding workshop where you can design a brand identity.

1. Create your design for a new business (café, make up, fashion brand, let your imagination go crazy…)

2. Transfer your design onto a white T or a tote with permanent markers

3. Take it away. (and post your designs online)

Facilitated by She Said Design

About She Said Design: A design and branding studio created out of a passion for honest, thoughtful design.

Time: 3.30 - 5.00pm

Venue: Ulster Museum