Portfolio Lab

ICAD’s Portfolio Lab is a unique opportunity for graduates and others to meet and present their work to three creative directors in one evening and to mingle with others in the breaks. The event will give you the opportunity to get you feedback and advice on your ideas and your work from some of the best Creative Directors in design and advertising. There’s also an ‘etiquette’ class explaining some of the pitfalls of creative job hunting. It’s a high-energy, inspiring evening and it’s invaluable as a first step into the creative industry.

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Key Dates


Portfolio Lab IV

Our incredibly popular Portfolio Lab evening will return in June for the fourth time. This is a great opportunity to get yourself and your portfolio in front of leading Irish Creative Directors. We have opened pre-registration for this event. Please note that the date is still tentative but by taking your details now, we will be able to line up the right balance of Creative Directors from design, copywriting and art direction. We will continue to update you as and when we confirm our Creative Directors. Below, we have profiled the Creative Directors who took part in the last Portfolio Lab. More soon ...


How does it work?

Each participant, of a maximum of 60, gets to speed date with 3 different Creative Directors. There is also an hourly portfolio Etiquette Class run by Eoghan Nolan of Brand Artillery and a chance to socialise and network with others in the breaks. The whole event is geared towards getting you creative feedback to make your portfolio even better, helping you get interview ready and introducing you to industry folk. Tickets cost €20

Thank You

Portfolio Lab simply couldn’t exist without the Creative Directors who generously give up their time to take part in the evening. We are hugely grateful for the energy and commitment they bring to each Portfolio Lab event we run. We’d also like to say a special thank you to Eoghan Nolan for the superb Etiquette Class he has developed for us and runs each year.

We are also hugely grateful to Aidan Bolger and The Irish Times for giving the event a home in its first three years.