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Looking to progress your career or business and embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future?

Benefits Become a member

Our training programmes and events are informed by industry engagement to meet current and future skills needs. Our goal is to deliver impactful learning experiences to design leaders and practitioners so that they can better understand, manage and shape their careers and business performance.

Design Skillnet is funded by Skillnet Ireland – a business support agency of the Government of Ireland, responsible for advancing the competitiveness, productivity and innovation of businesses operating in Ireland through enterprise-led workforce development.

We are proud to be part of the network across Ireland and to offer co-funded government training support at an incredible value to designers and design agencies across Ireland.

Eligible* Design Skillnet trainees benefits

  • Breakfast briefings, Workshops, and many complementary Seminars and Events
  • Post Graduate Professional Education and training programmes
  • Design Leaders Conference preferential rates
  • Bespoke and in-house tailored solutions- substantially subsidised

*Who can and cannot benefit from the Design Skillnet?

  • Private sector and commercial semi-state design & creative organisations in the Republic of Ireland e.g.
  • Design and Creative Professionals working in the private sector and commercial public service organisations in the Republic of Ireland  (including Marketing and Advertising professionals and account management teams and client services teams in Creative businesses)
  • Design and Creative agencies
  • Businesses with in-house design teams

Co-funding is not available to:

  • Public sector organisations, charities or not-for-profit organisations*


*Can I still avail of Design Skillnet’s training if I am not eligible for the government-funded rate?

Yes, Design Skillnet can offer a limited number of places at full price (non-subsidised rate) on some of its training courses for public sector, charities or non-for-profit organisations, subject to availability.

Subsidised member rates

Design Skillnet is affiliated with the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) and offers additional preferential rates to all its members on a number of our training as part of our commitment to give the design community in Ireland access to our subsidised training initiatives, in-house bespoke solutions and leadership events such as Design Leaders Conference 

We also offer various member rates to eligible private sector members of the ICAD, IAPI and 100 Archive whose businesses are based in the Republic of Ireland*

*subject to eligibility.

Complete the form below or contact us directly at for business membership or individual options. 

Current IDI, 100 Archive, IAPI and  ICAD members are automatically members of Design Skillnet.

If you would like your representative body to benefit from the members’ preferential rates please contact

Who is IDI?

The Institute of Designers in Ireland is the professional body of designers working across disciplines and across Ireland. The EU, the Government, national and international clients and professional bodies recognise IDI as the only professional representative body that represents the Irish design profession and supports the needs of qualified designers in Ireland.

More about IDI

Become an IDI member

IDI graduate members

Recent graduates in employment are very welcome to join The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) and benefit from IDI members’ preferential rates as Graduate Members. You are the future of Irish design and IDI and Design Skillnet are committed to supporting the early stage of your career through The New Now and additional exclusive IDI Graduate benefits.

More about IDI

IDI Graduate membership

Any questions?

If you’re not sure if you meet these criteria or have any queries, please get in touch via the form below.

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Upcoming Training Events

Professional Diploma In UX Design Read more
Professional Diploma in UX Design 2024
Next Intake: June 4th 2024 6-month Programme

A unique 6-month university-accredited programme in UX for Designers and Creatives, combining online learning and live webinars to further develop business skills and build successful careers.

Professional Certificate in UI Read more
Professional Certificate in UI 2024
Next intake: June 5th 2024 3-month programme

Are your digital design skills holding you back? Master the key concepts and techniques of user interface design with this 3-month university-accredited programme in UI for Designers and Creatives, combining online learning and live webinars.

Professional Diploma in Content Design Read more
Professional Certificate in Content Design 2024
Next intake: June 6th 2024 10-week programme

Are your content design skills holding you back? Master the key concepts and techniques of content design with this 10-week university-accredited programme in Content Design for Designers, UX/UI Professional and Creatives, combining online learning and live webinars.

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Professional Certificate in User Research 2024
Next Intake: June 6th 2024 4-Month Programme

A unique 4-month university-accredited programme in User Research for Designers and Creatives, combining online learning and live webinars to further develop business skills and build successful careers.

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Managing Creative People 2024
Wednesday 29th May 2024, 5th June 2024, 12th June 2024 9:30am to 4pm

A managers’ essential guide to effectively lead, manage and develop high-performing creative individuals or teams through the full Performance Management cycle – interview through to departure. This 3-day online workshop is an engaging and mind-shifting programme for experienced managers of Creatives and provides you with the skills needed to achieve the professional results that will help to progress your career in management.

Design West Summer School Read more
Design West Programme with Design Skillnet
June 15th-28th 2 weeks

Open to eligible practicing designers from all disciplines at Design Skillnet’s subsidised reduced fees, Design West is a unique two-week programme of discovery, learning, reflection, adventure and making and a fantastic opportunity for a creative refresh. Taking place at the ATU Connemara campus in Co. Galway, this critically acclaimed international design summer school will allow participants to work with leading International and Irish designers from renowned studios such as Thonik (NL), Gail Anderson (School of Visual Arts NYC) and Associate Studio (NYC) and Unthink, Studio Or and Design Factory.

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Handling Difficult Conversations 2024
Wednesday, 19th June 2024 10am to 1pm

An online workshop for Designers and Creatives to navigate crucial conversations with peers, senior managers, colleagues, important stakeholders and clients confidently, providing them with the fundamentals of how to communicate clearly.

It will empower participants to engage assertively in critical discussions, assess conversation dynamics, present their case effectively and know when to assert themselves or remain silent. Includes exercises to put into practice.

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Project Management for Creatives & Designers 2024
Thursday 13th June 2024 & Thursday 20th June 2024 9:30am to 4pm

This workshop will help participants to gain valuable insights and practical knowledge on efficiently and effectively managing projects from inception to completion.

Throughout the workshop, attendees will be immersed in dynamic sessions that demystify the intricacies of project lifecycles, offering practical insights into the initiation, planning, execution, and closure phases and developing crucial skills for effective team leadership and communication along the way.

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Facilitation Skills 2024
Thursday 27th June 2024 (9:30am to 4pm)

Achieve successful outcomes as a Facilitator. Tailored for designers and creatives, this workshop on facilitation skills delves into essential facets of Facilitation skills.

Participants will learn about intervention design, stakeholder contracting and diverse facilitation methodologies and equips you with practical tools such as brainstorming and problem-solving techniques as well as focusing on your self-awareness and personal development as a facilitator.