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New collaboration with Creative Futures Academy (CFA) at NCAD offering subsidies to learners on brand new NCAD courses

17 January 2024
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Design Skillnet is excited to announce a new collaboration with Creative Futures Academy at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD). This collaboration means that Design Skillnet will co-fund 25% of the programme fee for *eligible successful applicants for the below CFA courses:

CFA and Design Skillnet both have a shared focus in designing, developing and delivering responsive, flexible and relevant skills development programmes to address the ongoing needs of the design sector. This collaboration is an exciting development for both CFA and Design Skillnet in continuing to support designers to gain new skills and qualifications and to make learning even more accessible. find out more about CFA at and Design Skillnet’s collaboration.

Together we also co-created a brand-new Professional Certificate in Service Design. More information on this course coming soon.

See more details on the courses below.

NCAD CFA Professional Certificate in Creative Diversity

In this 2-week intensive Professional Certificate in Creative Diversity, developed in partnership with DesignOpp and the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI), participants will learn to drive equality, decolonise disciplines and foster inclusive communities. 

It equips learners with an awareness of the issues surrounding designing diversity and equality, such as the need to decolonise the discipline, racism and stereotyping and how it manifests in graphic design. It will provide the tools, methods and platforms to enact personal, professional and sectoral change. Students will also take part in unconscious bias training given by an industry expert. They will also look at decolonising art; what it means and also steps needed to create change.

Students will also get their creative briefs centred around creating possible solutions to help people improve their experiences in the Direct Provision Centres in Ireland.

It will focus on how to:

  • Equip creatives with tools to drive equality and inclusion 
  • Decolonise disciplines and dismantle barriers 
  • Foster community to enact positive change 

The programme consists of a series of lectures, case studies, activities, discussions and group work supported by workshops and toolkits.

Who is it for

This programme is open to all artists and creative professionals eager to shape a more diverse creative future.

Programme Fee

Full Fee: €600

Design Skillnet Co-Funding: €151

Subsidised Fee: €449


5th February 2024 – 1st March 2024

Learn more about the CFA at NCAD’s Professional Certificate in Creative Diversity 


Designed by Fashion Stylist and Creative Director Aisling Farinella, this Professional Diploma in Fashion Communication at CFA at NCAD is the first of its kind in Ireland.

Join the forefront of fashion communication. Unleash your creativity in the world of fashion and explore the magic of fashion photography, styling, and digital media. Embrace creativity, elevate your skills, stay ahead in the dynamic fashion industry and embark on a journey of style and expression! 

This industry-led course will bring together an incredible array of guest lecturers who will share their professional experience and insights from across all sectors of the fashion industry.

The course will explore how to best communicate, promote and present to different audiences through elevating your skills in fashion communication disciplines from fashion photography, styling, publishing to creative direction, advertising, film, digital media, PR, & journalism. The aim is to provide participants with appropriate skills and knowledge that can be applied to their professional creative development, developing knowledge and skills to prepare them for further life-long learning and supporting personal practice and career progression.

Highlights include:

  • International guest lecturers among some of the most successful producers, stylists, photographers & writers in the industry (including Grace Margetson / Creative Director, Tom Johnson / Photographer, Celestine Cooney / Stylist, Rich Gilligan / Photographer, Aideen Gaynor / Associate Designer, Naoise O’Keefe / Photo Editor, Paul McLauchlan / Fashion Writer and Ena Quinn / Producer)

  • In-person symposia with other people working in the field

  • Content delivered by cutting-edge professionals working in this space

  • Benefits and accessibility of hybrid learning

  • Opportunity for huge personal and professional development

  • Access to the methods and techniques needed to navigate the evolving creative landscape

  • Opportunities to collaborate and address creative challenges

  • Time to create a body of work to benefit lifelong learning

The course will run as a hybrid course, combining in-person symposia and online tutorials with reading, research and project development.


Who is it for

This course is designed for professionals and practitioners working in the fashion and creative sectors, such as Designers, Stylists, Journalists and Fashion Activists, however, it is open to anyone in the fashion & creative sectors. It aims to encourage engagement from a variety of creative disciplines and welcomes both established and emerging fashion professionals to apply.

Programme Fee

Full Fee: €2,200

Design Skillnet Co-Funding: €550

Subsidised Fee: €1650


8th Mar 2024 – 10th Nov 2024

Find out more about CFA Professional Diploma in Fashion Communication


* Eligibility for Design Skillnet Co-Funding

To be eligible for this co-funding you must be a Creative Professional based in the Republic of Ireland, or professional who works with Creatives and a member of IDI, ICAD, IAPI or 100 Archive (and be successful in your application to NCAD for a place on the programme.) 

Not a member? Email info@idi-design to find out how to join.

If you have graduated within the past 3 years you may be eligible for graduate IDI membership at the special graduate price of €30. Standard/Full (non-graduate) membership of IDI costs €197 per annum plus a one-off €50 application fee

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