Fostering creative excellence is central to our ethos and our annual calendar of events. We have developed initiatives to support creatives throughout their careers and we’re always working to strengthen the learning opportunities we provide. In our efforts to foster creative excellence we encourage members to experience new and challenging influences and inspire them to push the boundaries in their own creative work. We also run a number of programmes to foster the next generation of creative talent.
We’re currently working on developing our College Brief Programme for students which will run annually in colleges across Ireland. The programme will launch in the 2017/18 academic year. In the meantime, you’re welcome to download sample ICAD briefs to strengthen your portfolio. If you’re in your graduating year, you shouldn’t miss ICAD’s Portfolio Lab, it will help you to gain access to some of Ireland’s top Creative Directors and to build up your industry contacts.
ICAD’s Portfolio Lab, along with our Upstarts Programme, can help to bridge the gap between the college experience and employment in the industry. Any student in their graduating year should be encouraged to apply for each, to gain access to some of Ireland’s top Creative Directors and build up their industry contacts.
Our College Brief Programme will run annually in colleges across Ireland. The programme will launch in the 2017/18 academic year and you’re welcome to download sample ICAD briefs to use as part of your curriculum. We’re also hoping to add a Learning Resources section later this year to help lecturers bridge the gap between college and working in the industry.
We aim to foster creative excellence in the next generation of creative talent. We have a number of ongoing activities suitable for graduates including Portfolio Lab and our annual ICAD Upstarts programme. Please also check out our membership options, we’re here to help you to gain a foothold in the industry.
We run a calendar of Talks & Events, as well as our new Learning series ICADemy, to encourage our members to experience new and challenging influences and inspire them to push the boundaries on their own creative work. We have also launched ICAD Campaign, issue 12, a resource for anyone involved in advertising and design. Later this year we’re also hoping to publish resources to help our members attain excellence and professionalism in the way they practice.
ICAD Foster Key Dates 2017
Young Directors Awards 2017 Ceremony
The winners of the Young Directors Awards 2017 will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in The Sugar Club on 23rd February. Our aim is to find, award and nurture the best of the up and coming directors in Ireland today.
Socialise Dublin: The Music Edition
Socialise returns, this time to The Sugar Club on 1st March.
This workshop is the first in a new series of half-day workshops under our learning banner ‘ICADemy’. Tickets are now available to ICAD members.
Creative Shorts VI
We’ll be showing some of the best Irish short films on the night and celebrating the achievements of the creative community.
Portfolio Lab IV
Our incredibly worthwhile Portfolio Lab evening will return in June 2017. This is a great opportunity to get yourself and your portfolio in front of leading Irish Creative Directors. We're currently taking pre-registration.
Upstarts Call for Applications
We’ll launch our ‘Call for Applications’ for our annual Upstarts programme in June. Graduates interested in taking part in the programme should check back here for more details closer to the time. Applications will close in July.
The Upstarts class of 2017 will kick off with an introductory evening in late August and the Upstarts programme will take place over 6 weeks throughout September and October 2017.
Annual ICAD Upstarts Exhibition
Each year the Upstarts exhibition goes on show in November.