The Creative Futures Academy – a consortium led by NCAD, in partnership with IADT, UCD and Ireland’s creative sector was awarded €10,018,526 from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science’s Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3 fund.
The project seeks to:
- Increase provision in areas of identified skills need for enterprise.
- Future proof graduates with creative arts and industry relevant skills.
- promote and embed transversal skills.
- reform and innovate higher education provision building on best practice available nationally and internationally.
The NCAD team, in partnership with colleagues at IADT and UCD, have developed a series of pedagogical structures, frameworks and tools through a series of participatory design workshops with stakeholders from Ireland’s creative sector.
The NCAD team has developed a radical new programme architecture and set of learning development guides and tools that has enabled the development and roll out of a tranche of new postgraduate awards across art, design, visual culture and education.
The architecture and pedagogical scaffolding facilitates the acquisition of micro-credentials and mobility between three academic institutions, enabling new and more flexible ways to study that are conducive to the professional development of creative practitioners across the careers, and gives them agency over how they learn.
Underpinning the development of this new provision has been the creation of a set of learning tools and frameworks that can be used to support the planning and development of programmes in the creative arts and also empowers learners to connect curriculum to professional practice.