Creative Media Courses
Through our accredited courses you will develop new skills, gain qualifications, collaborate with local, regional and international artists, meet new people with similar interests, get a start in the creative industries with professional mentors and grow in confidence.
Why choose Nerve Centre?
Nerve Centre has been at the heart of the creative industries in Northern Ireland (and beyond) for 30+ years.
Each year thousands of people benefit from our programme of arts events, digital and creative projects, training opportunities, creative learning centres and, state-of-the-art production facilities. We move as fast as the ever changing creative industry landscape.
Our focus is on you. Through our accredited courses you will develop new skills, gain qualifications, collaborate with local, regional and international artists, meet new people with similar interests, get a start in the creative industries with professional mentors and grow in confidence.
“Given me a real confidence boost, both technically and on a personal level.”
SEAMUS GORDON, Student 2018
What do I need to know?
All of our courses
Are for everyone. You do need to be aged 16+ but there’s no upper age limit.
Run annually from September to June, three days per week (approx. 10am-4pm).
Are accredited by the National Open College Network (OCN) at Level 3. This is equivalent to TBC. Many of our recent graduates have progressed onto relevant Higher Education courses.
Are 100% free (no catches)!
The next step towards a career in the creative industries.
All we require is that you have a passion to create.
We also run a number of leading part-time courses throughout the year. We will update our website and social media channels as they are announced.
Who do I contact?
If you would like to talk over your choices contact our Courses Coordinator Richard Taylor.
T: 02871 260 562
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Music Performance has been specifically designed to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to be a confident all-round performer and navigate the developing music industry landscape as you take the next step in your career.
Our bespoke modules deliver a working knowledge of songwriting, recording techniques and live sound and music for film. Industry-experienced tutors provide tips and advice on releasing and entering the industry as an artist and practical skills on band formation and communication.
“Having gone through the regular school system beforehand, the Music Performance course by the Nerve Centre really helped me understand so much more and become more well-versed within what it takes to be involved in all different sectors of the music industry, giving me better preparation for what I really want to do for my future career.”
Lochláinn Kelly, Musician/Event Promoter
Our Creative Media course is aimed at giving you both practical and theory-based knowledge of the digital media skills required for the ever-changing creative industry.
Course units will cover a range of creative disciplines including filmmaking, sound production, digital imaging and web design. It’s the perfect training course for a career in the digital arts, whether you’re starting out on a new career, leaving school or returning to education later in life.
By combining the expertise and innovation of the Nerve Centre, with state-of-the-art equipment and studios and experienced tutors, we have created a hands-on and cutting-edge Music Production Course to prepare you for a career in the industry.
Our tutors will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to produce, record, mix, master and release your own music. We'll provide you with opportunities to collaborate with the best producers, musicians, artists and technical experts. You'll also be trained in arrangement skills, live sound and music for film.
Digital Film Production
This is a hands-on and technical course where learners acquire the skills and knowledge needed to create high quality video productions, whilst gaining an insight into working in the industry, media law and health and safety.
Students gain access to industry standard equipment as they work on a diverse range of productions assuming various roles including Director, Producer, Camera Operator, Location Sound Recordist, Boom Operator, Lighting, Editor and Script Writer. You’ll also have the opportunity to become involved in the internationally renowned Foyle Film Festival where you will have access to workshops and screenings with acclaimed industry professionals.
“A very hands-on course. Great technical learning. A good experience in working with a diverse range of people. Training was hard and the weather rough, but it was a really great experience of the reality of working in this industry.”
MARIE SAUVE, Student 2018
Are you interested in designing and making things? FabLabs – digital fabrication laboratories – were set up to inspire people and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into new products and prototypes by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technologies.
Topics covered in this exciting new course will include introductions to 2D and 3D design using a range of software platforms, and access to cutting edge fabrication technologies including 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters and CNC routers.