One of the main joys of working in the creative sector is how often it evolves. It’s an industry that allows for new ideas to be generated every day but, as a result, a designer’s skill set needs to be steadily evolving too.
For example, designers or art directors often find themselves wanting – and needing – to have animation abilities when working on briefs. Yet this is by no means an easy task, particularly if you’re in a full-time role looking to expand your creative abilities beyond the remit of your 9-5. Created Academy, who offer a series of nine-month, part-time career courses understands this and is “reinventing education, so you can rewrite your future."
To build upon your creativity it has developed Created In Motion Design, Created Academy’s flagship course with many more to follow. At the heart is Created Academy’s purpose of enabling creatives to gain work without having to pause their current income, therefore designed to fit around a full-time job.
Additionally, while creative at its heart, the Created In Motion Design course also keeps the industry front of mind, “geared to help people land their dream career”. Consequently, each of its briefs is delivered in collaboration with industry partners BBC Creative, Framestore, Puma, Venture Three, ETC and Mainframe. In tackling set briefs by real clients, the course not only offers the opportunity to make connections, but allows its students to be mentored by working professionals in the process. Put simply, Created Academy knows that “people learn best by doing.”
For Dom Davenport, the founder of Created, it’s these partnerships with top brands and agencies which make the Academy so unique.
In particular, “having Puma on board alongside five of the UK’s top creative studios really adds diversity to the course,” he tells It’s Nice That. In knowing what a brand expects in terms of skillset and quality level, students’ experience on the course is also “mapped out by industry to ensure you’re always growing in the areas employers highly prize.”
On the other side of the spectrum, Ruth How from Puma explains how the opportunity is equally as exciting for the brand. “Developing our people is a top priority and being involved in the development of creative talent with Created is an important opportunity for us.”
Outside of Created Academy’s ability to improve a designer’s skills technically, a key difference the courses offer is how it encourages students to grow personally too. For instance, the course is goal-centric, allowing you to develop a portfolio of at least six professional briefs, both collaboratively with other students and singularly. Conversation and feedback is also a focus, with one-to-one coaching sessions as well as mentoring sessions with professional motion designers too.
If developing your motion design skills in a way which is suited for industry (and your schedule!) sounds appealing, you can find out more about Created’s motion design course here.