We’re thrilled to announce that East Summer School is back this year and, for the first time, we are bringing it all to you online! 
 
If you’re aged 12–17 – and live in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest – and interested in creative, tech and design industries, why not sign up for the FREE East Summer School? From one-off classes to full-week courses, there are lots of fantastic sessions packed with unique and interactive experiences. It’s a great chance to meet new people and have fun! We know that the world is a very strange place at the moment and we’re all spending more time at home. All this extra time we have is perfect to learn some new and exciting skills, no matter your ability. 
 
Summer School courses are being delivered by world-leading organisations, such as the BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, University College London and Studio Wayne McGregor who will be moving to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of East Bank. Other partners include Idverde, Art Clubbers,  Jess and Morgs, Class Of Your Own, The Yard Theatre, The Landscape Institute , People Speak, British Council, Staffordshire University London, Badu Sports and Catalyst in Communities. The Summer School is supported by the London Legacy Development Corporation,  Foundation for FutureLondon & City of London.

The courses are as varied as the contributors! This year, there are three categories of courses available:
 
•  Intensive – a course taking place over a number of days where you work towards a tangible outcome
•  Interactive – a course taking place over a few hours, maybe in one day or spread out over two, where the workshop is interactive and you produce something at the end
•  Informative – a one-off webinar style information sharing workshop, where you will be able to find out key information on a subject or career.
 
Join the conversation online using #EastSummerSchool. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 07964 108 914.
 
Applications for East Summer School have now closed.

Programme

  • Partner: LLDC & Idverde
    Category: Informative
    Industry: Landscaping, Geography, Sustainability, Design
    Age: 15  – 17

    An interactive park tour taking in some of the key areas of the park with the focus on the CLIMATE EMERGENCY and what Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is doing to help support climate mitigation measures through its design, planting and management. You will learn about the plant selection, sustainability and biodiversity.

    This would be delivered through a webinar walk and talk through South Park by Head Gardner Gerry Kelsey talking about Horticulture on the parks and North Park walk and talk with Dr Catherine Norris (Senior Ecologist in charge of QEOP BAP) and David Everett (London Volunteer Manager at QEOP) talking about the important Ecology and Biodiversity of the site.

  • Partner: BBC

    Category: Informative
    Industry: Music
    Age: 12 – 17 

     

    Join the BBC for an exclusive series of inspiring webinars with creative industry professionals. Each session will feature a guest speaker who will give insight into their career, how to break into the industry and their own creative process – followed by a Q&A at the end. 

     

    Creating Your Own Sound 

    Guest Speaker: Nao

    Nao is a singer-songwriter and record producer from East London. Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B. Join her for a chat where she talks about how she creates music, finding your own sound and answers your questions about making it in the music industry.  

    She has Mercury, Grammy and Brit award nominated and has written songs with artist such as Stormzy.  

    Breaking Into radio 

    Guest Speaker: Swarzy Macaly

    Swarzy Macaly is a radio presenter at KISS FM, the official young voice of BBC Sounds and a speaker on BBC Radio 5. As well as media, Swarzy is passionate about social justice, community, diversity and inclusion. Join Swarzy as she shares her advice on breaking into the media and making a career in Radio.

     

  • Partner: Art Clubbers
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Careers  
    Age: 15 – 17

    We wish we could turn you all into prime ministers but instead we’ll be turning you in to a master project manager! Having the mindset of a project manager will allow you to take on any situation within any role. 
     
    In this session, we will explore the 5 phases of project management, the triple constraints and what tools you should equip yourself with. Having developed your new superpowers, you’ll be able to transfer all your skills to any role you take on!
     
    Supported by Foundation for FutureLondon & City of London. 

  • Partner: Art Clubbers
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Careers  
    Age: 15 – 17

    We see arts organisations popping up left right and centre, but have you wondered how and why? 
     
    During this workshop, we'll get an understanding of why these organisations are created, how they have come into existence and how YOU can launch your own creative business one day.
     
    Supported by Foundation for FutureLondon & City of London.

     

     

  • Partner: Art Clubbers
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Careers  
    Age: 12 – 17

    Your CV is a tool to show off your best self and, most importantly, get you that interview! As well as making sure it's eye-catching and well-written, it needs to be relevant to the role and make it as easy as possible for the person reading it to put you in the "yes" pile.
     
    In this workshop we'll use knowledge from the employers side and practical tips for each section of your CV to show you off in the best way.
     
    Supported by Foundation for FutureLondon & City of London.
  • Partner: Jess and Morgs / Studio Wayne McGregor
    Category: Intensive 
    Industry: Dance, Film 
    Age: 15 – 17
     
    Ready to create and star in a short dance film?
     
    Dance meets film during this five day residency where you will get the chance to create your own movement material, learn new filming techniques and capture your own choreography. This intensive week will be led by experienced and innovative dance film makers Jess and Morgs. 
     
  • Partner: Art Clubbers 
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Careers  
    Age: 15 – 17

    Job descriptions hold the key to writing a perfect application - if you know what you are looking for! You’ll need to show off your skills and use examples to prove you are the right person for the role, even if you feel like you haven’t had lots of ‘professional’ experience yet. 
     
    Find out how to craft a powerful and persuasive cover letter or application which matches you perfectly with your next role.
     
    Supported by Foundation for FutureLondon & City of London. 
     
  • Partner: The Yard
    Category: Intensive 
    Industry: Community Arts, Performance Art
    Age: 12 – 17
     
    From Me, To You is a four-week programme which gives you the opportunity to get engage creatively whilst making a positive impact in your community. 

    At the start of the project you will receive a brief about a person who may be isolated in their community. Over the four weeks, you will work with others in a group towards creating a gift for that community member. This gift could take different forms, from a poem, to a piece of film, to a phone call performance. 
  • Partner: COYO (Class Of Your Own)
    Category: Intensive
    Industry: Engineering, architecture and design
    Age: 15 – 17
     
    Do you want a career in the built environment? Could you design a recording studio and performance venue fit for the BBC? 
      
    The BBC are closing their Maida Vale studios and will be building an iconic venue at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of East Bank. We want you to immerse yourselves in the design process and design a studio and intimate performance venue for the BBC.   
     
    In this intensive 10-day course made up of webinars, videos, workshops and team work, you will be given a professional design brief to respond to. Working with industry leading built environment professionals in architecture and engineering, as a team you will design your very own music venue that you will present to a panel of judges.  On successful completion of the project, you will receive a moderated certificate of attendance and a ‘DEC Extend’ Award, along with an industry recognised reference.  
     
  • Partner: Landscape Institute  
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Architecture, Design, Horticulture, Creative Arts
    Age: 12 – 14 

    Interactive design workshop where you will get the chance to design you very own pocket park. 
     
    You will learn about the design process from a team of professional landscape architects, from coming up with an idea right through to it being built. We will then ask you to design your very own space, you will be sent a kit of parts that you can use to design your very own 3D park that you will then present back to a team of experts. 
  • Partner:  People Speak 
    Category: Informative
    Industry: Careers
    Age: 12 – 17

    What are the jobs of the future? No one can say for certain how technology, the economy and the world of work will evolve. It also depends on our own imagination and creativity. How do we want to shape the future and design our own lives? In this session we will facilitate and visualise this journey with experts from the field of work and the future.

    This will be a practical exploration of what you want future work to look like and the steps you need to take to get there.

    Supported by Foundation for Future London.

  • Partner: London College of Fashion 
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Art & Design, Social Sciences, Careers  
    Age: 12 – 14 & 15 – 17

    Two days of workshops, presentations and employer Q&A exploring the impact of fashion on the environment and how you, as the next generation to work in and consume fashion, will drive innovation and change. Generate new ideas for leading brands, research and discuss concepts for your fashion manifesto to shape the New Now for fashion. 
    Day one you will explore how the industry is addressing its position as the second most polluting industry (oil has the top spot), find out more about the sustainability credentials of leading brands, explore the brief, and an exciting opportunity for a panel discussion with an industry professional from east London. On day two, you will explore creative research techniques and investigate new ways of thinking to develop your manifesto concepts and create a placard to influence the New Now for fashion
     
  • Partner: London College of Fashion
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Art & Design
    Age: 15 – 17
     

    Two days of workshops and creative practice to explore the world of textiles, from crotchet to embroidery! Learn techniques and skills to get creative with textiles and discover more about colour, pattern and developing your ideas around textile design.

    As part of this interactive course you are encouraged to explore your own creativity and submit your work as you go for feedback and guidance! 


  • Partner: British Council 
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Creative Arts, Sounds 
    Age: 12 – 14

    At a time where we, are all distracted by visual and aural noise, this workshop will encourage you to take a moment and actively engage in the art of hearing. 
     
    The goal is to explore how you engage with sound, based on your own unique experiences and perspectives. We will share  sound files that consist of audio-recordings that capture a combination of textures of materials. 
     
    You will then be encouraged to focus and contemplate the sound for a few minutes and then translate what they heard into a drawing. 
  • Partner: Art Clubbers
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Careers  
    Age: 12 – 17

    The story of a Creative is not far from an actor waiting tables. As artists, designers and makers we will continue to take on various roles at one time to fulfill our ambitions and reach our dreams. 
     
    During this workshop, we'll discuss what it means to become a multi-hyphenate and being prepared to own that we'll be juggling different opportunities to maintain a steady income and how to maintain a positive and healthy mindset to achieve our goals.
     
    Supported by Foundation for FutureLondon & City of London.
     
     

     

  • Esports Taster Session 
    • Cyber Security Taster Session 
    • Computer Games Design Taster Session

    Partner: DIL (Digital Institute London) – Staffordshire University
    Category:  Interactive/Informative
    Industry: Careers, Digital Technology
    Age: 15 – 17

    You will gain insight into these exciting growth industries, through an interactive presentation from Staffordshire University London lecturers, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in their sector. 

    You will be challenged to create a piece of media of your choice (poster, video, animation etc) to summarise your learning from the session. The best piece of content created will win a £20 Amazon Voucher.  

     

     

     
  • Partner: UCL Institute of Making 
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Arts & Design, Social Sciences, Digital Technology 
    Age: 15 – 17

    This online workshop by Yoke Collective will teach you how to make your very own face filters for Snapchat and Instagram!
     
    We will be using a free programme called Spark AR to make the custom face filter, and will be using the face paint etc. to ‘dazzle’ the camera so that it no longer recognises your face.
     
    You will also explore the facial recognition technologies that lie behind these beloved selfie camera effects. This very practical workshop will be followed by a discussion about identity, privacy, and the social impact of technology at a time when there is increased security and monitoring of the public.
     

     

     

     

     
  • Partner: Art Clubbers
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Careers  
    Age: 12 – 17

    The internet has proven to be a massive ally in building connections, stalking your future colleagues and finding those individuals who are game changers in the creative world. But, how do maintain that professional persona to land our next paid venture?  
     
    We'll discuss the different ways to make the ideal candidate on and off screen. During this workshop, we will also explore how your peers of today are your future collaborators. We'll discuss ways in which we can stay connected and how these relationships can go on to create something truly awesome! 
     
    Supported by Foundation for FutureLondon & City of London.

     

     

     

  • Partner: Badu Sports
    Category: Informative
    Industry: Discussion, Identities, Culture, History, Community  
    Age: 12 –17

    This is a platform for young people, led and run by young people. In What You Saying, you will be invited to express yourselves and your views with your peers. Ranging from current affairs, mental health, and all manner of identities, to bigger ideas to do with culture and history, What You Saying leaves few stones un-turned. 
     
    In these one-off, stand-alone sessions you will be encouraged to debate and discuss. Engage with mentoring and critical thinking. Meet some new people, socialise, and have fun.
     
    So… what you saying? What are you waiting for? Bring an open mind.
     
  • Partner: Catalyst in Communities
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Careers, Digital Technologies 
    Age: 12 – 17

    In this interactive session, media and mindset coaches from the YouMeUs.TV team will invite you into the exciting world of original digital content creation. 
    Learn the skills required to be a successful digital entrepreneur. How to develop the right mindset. How to make money from your digital production skills. 
    Learn what it takes to be able create, curate and commercialise original digital content.  
  • Partner: Catalyst in Communities
    Category: Interactive
    Industry: Careers, Digital Technology
    Age: 12– 17
     
    Follow up with the YouMeUs.TV team. Receive personalised feedback on your digital creations.
    Ask and answer questions in your new peer group of digital content creators. 
    Learn some advance tips, tools and techniques to help you navigate your new digital career.