Lauren Franceschini

Calling all Creatives! Upcoming Employment Opportunity!

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Through collaboration with the commercial creative industry, British Design & Art Direction (D&AD) have created an alternative way to find, support, and employ creative excellence. D&AD are looking for 15 participants between the ages of 18 and 26 who have not been to university to take part in a free, 12-week, London-based night school program. The program will teach students the essentials of creative advertising followed by the opportunity of paid placements.

The current job market suggests over three quarters (78%) of employees across the commercial creative industries are educated with a degree of the higher level. Because of rising university prices, the traditional education route is not a viable option for everyone. This results in a disconnect between talented young people and those able to secure creative roles. The purpose of this program is to integrate more diverse talent into creative roles in the design and advertising sector. There are also 50 openings for young creatives to exhibit their work in London and receive advice and mentoring from the city’s top creatives.


The prestigious Yellow Pencils

D&AD was founded in 1962 when a group of designers and art directors came together to celebrate creative communication and raise the standards within their industry. Today, as a non-profit organisation, D&AD seek to inspire a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest design and advertising. One means of cultivating such a community is the hosting of the D&AD  Professional Awards which are recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade. Entered and attended by the best from around the world, young hopefuls dream of being awarded with the coveted Yellow Pencil.

D&AD host a myriad of professional training courses throughout the year from craft skills courses, digital professional development courses, and many more. The organisation also hosts the D&AD Festival which will run from April 20th-22nd in Shoredtich. Over three days, the festival will feature 150 speakers over four stages at The Old Truman Brewery. With a focus on advertising and design, the festival aims to immerse attendees in the best the industry has to offer.

For more information on any of D&AD’s opportunities, courses, or festivals, visit their website.

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