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Design Futures is a new programme from LIFT and Capital City College Group’s Creative Skills Academy for talented creatives who are ready to take their next steps into work. 

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The programme has been developed to provide practical work experience and skills training supported by industry professionals, where you will work on real briefs, learn core skills and work with a team on an industry project. After completing the training programme participants will be interviewed for design internships within local businesses.  

What will you gain from the Design Futures Programme? 

- 4-week, full time course from Capital City College Creative Skills Academy delivered by industry professionals, where you will learn the skills, behaviours and processes required to deliver a creative idea that is fit for purpose. 

- Work on briefs set by local design agencies and creative businesses, receive feedback and advice and develop your portfolio. 

- The opportunity to work on team projects and develop your skills and network. 

- Develop your employability skills to take your job search to the next stage. 

- Following successful completion of the course, gain interviews for paid industry placements within local design agencies.

- If successful in gaining an industry internship you will begin a full time eight-week internship where you will work four days a week in the business and spend one day a week further developing your employability skills. Paid at London Living Wage (£13.15 Per hour – 30 hours per week total) 

Programme Entry requirements: 

- A resident of a LIFT borough (Camden, Hackney, Islington, and Tower Hamlets) aged 19+

- Either aged 19-25 OR aged 25+ and from an underrepresented community including people from black and Asian minority ethnic backgrounds, women, lone parents and disabled people. 

All participants will need to have the following starting points:  

- Experience of using creative software programmes including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Can include equivalent design and digital creation software but not solely online platforms such as Canva.  

- Have a clear command of English and be able to write and communicate in English  

- Be able to navigate software menu systems and be willing to use problem-solving techniques. This course will be delivered using Apple Macs or PCs.  

- Have experience of using digital office software such as Microsoft Office, Google docs or similar.  

- Able to work as part of a team  

- Be able to attend all sessions on the dates specified.  

The course will cover the following practical skills:  

- Principals of Graphic Design  
- How to create good design work  
- Placing elements  
- Typography  
- Good practice/Poor practice  
- Layout and design  
- The design process  
- Content design and creation  
- Presentation and Pitching 

Applications are now closed

Key Dates: 

Applications close: 24th April 2024 23:59 

Online information session: 22nd April 12:00-13:00 - register to join here

Information and interview dates: 30th April and 2nd May 2024 (*you must be available to attend one of these sessions in person) 

Course dates: 13th May – 7th June 2024. This is a full time course Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. You must be committed to completing a full time course to join this programme. 

Internship interviews: week commencing 10th June 2024 

If you are successful in gaining an internship placement at the end of the course, the internships will be full time (30 hours per week – 5 hours per day) 5th July – 22nd August 2024. 

Who's involved?


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Revolt is a global consultancy building purpose-led businesses, brands, and breakthroughs. As society's values evolve and the threat to the environment intensifies, purpose is an opportunity and an obligation that can’t be ignored. The studio helps clients successfully navigate this transformation to ensure purpose pays back.  Its work includes campaigns and design projects for some of the world’s leading brands – from Budweiser, Mars to L’Oreal – and branding, campaigns, and activations for purpose-driven start-ups, activists, and organisations, from The Gut Stuff and Force For Nature to the Social Mobility Foundation.  Revolt London has attracted awards from Cannes Lions and The Drum.

Love Design Studio

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We are environmental consultants, designers, engineers and technicians in the built environment. Love Design Studio envisions a world that is free of fossil fuels, totally adaptable to changing climates, and values social justice across a broad range of environmental concerns. Our aim extends to transforming the thinking of the built environment industry such that sustainable design is not an afterthought, but an integral part of every project.

Nice and Serious

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We’re a creative agency committed to making work with purpose and impact. As a Certified B Corp, we’ve drawn a line in the sand, only partnering with brands, organisations and charities on projects with positive impact. How? By passing every brief through our own Moral Compass™. From branding and campaigns to content, if your project’s getting the world what it needs, you’ve got us.

Here Design

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Here Design are a company of thinkers, writers, designers & makers working together to create beautiful & useful things. We are based in a former pen factory in east London, and while our studio is no longer a factory, we are proud to be the sort of designers who are fully involved in making - in sourcing materials, and working closely with craftspeople, onsite and beyond.


 BlinkInk logo

We are world class animation specialists. A collective of sublimely talented directors, producers, artists and technicians who create short-form content with our partners in the advertising, music and entertainment industries. We love blending innovative new technology with classical cinematic craft, always focussing on the fundamentals of character, storytelling and emotion.

Studio Moross

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Studio Moross is a multifaceted creative studio that directs and designs for a broad portfolio of clients from all over the arts and entertainment industries. To match the breadth of its client base, Studio Moross’ skillset is extensive, with work that includes live show direction, broadcast design, and branding for festivals, exhibitions and arts institutions. The team finds themselves at home working with music talent – with creative direction for artists such as Kylie, H.E.R., Disclosure, Sam Smith, London Grammar, and Bimini – but they bring their energy and trademark use of colour to every project, whether through branding, illustration or motion design. Previous clients include MTV, Spotify, VH1, Nike, Warner, and the BFI.

Plus more tbc soon!

Delivered in partnership with: CCCG and LIFT 

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More about CCCG Creative Skills Academy

Creative Skills Academy at Capital City College Group focuses primarily on the screen industries, which employ more than 211,000 people and have a turnover of £40 billion per year. With around 24,000 businesses operating within the industry, an impressive 70% are based in London and the Southeast. We are the first London college to actively encourage under-represented groups to consider a career in the screen industries, providing free skills training, employment packages, and financial support to assist with courses and qualifications across a variety of industry sectors and grades. The training through our Creative Academy Hub gives you valuable insight into the careers available in the creative sector. In addition to the academic curriculum, the hub can enhance your career opportunities with funding for driving lessons, first aid training, and master classes.