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Young Creative Academy

An intensive course designed to give young creatives the tools they need to reach their full potential.

What is it?

The Young Creative Academy offers 35 professional creatives, who are 30 and under, the unrivaled opportunity to become part of an intensive week-long program designed to develop rising talent and expand their personal creativity.

The Academy inspires and nurtures creativity by enabling the selected participants to engage with some of the world’s foremost thinkers, creators, and subject experts in an intimate setting. For example, Simon Wells, a top-tier terrorist negotiator may speak to “How to deal with a difficult client,” while a famous rapper may speak to the importance of authenticity in your work. 

Who is it for?

The students in the Creative Academy are just as dynamic as the speakers. Some of the students come from a traditional art director and copywriter background, but many are from a variety of disciplines, including graphic design, PR, creative technologist, or even film. The course is not designed to focus on any one skill set, but instead covers subjects designed to help the creative individual at different stages of their career. To keep the sessions small, the class is limited to 35 students.

Young Creative Academy

What's included?

  • What Exclusive classroom sessions
  • What Creative toolkit: a summary of what's been learnt to take back to the office
  • What Bespoke networking opportunities 
  • What One to one mentoring
  • What Complimentary lunch
  • What Exclusive access to Cannes Lions School Campus 

Key takeaways

The ultimate aim of the Young Creative Academy is to uncover the qualities that make each creative unique, and channel them to fulfil their full potential. It empowers them and instils the personal and professional confidence needed to drive their careers forward.

After the programme, they will: 

Be more confident

Treat every brief as an opportunity
Exude confidence with clients 
Empower ambitious, passionate people

Believe in themselves

• Be able to say “no” 
• Be more courageous
• Be a better leader
• Be more fearless
• Fight for their ideas
• Appreciate their voice


Bring a fresh perspective

• Not be afraid to fail
• Know where to look for inspiration
• Come up with innovative ideas
• Think deeper and be more meaningful
• Question people’s reasoning
• Tell a better story

Course leaders

Our programmes all have one thing in common. They’re led by experts from across the globe who have specialist knowledge and the passion to pass it on: renowned agency executives, award-winning creative directors and entrepreneurs alike. 


In this Academy, you will get to work and interact every day with the Academy Dean, Bob Isherwood, a creative legend in his own right.

The former worldwide Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi, Bob’s work has been documented in many books and endorsed by the industry’s most prestigious national and international award shows. He won Australia’s first Gold Lion for cinema at the Cannes International Advertising Festival and is one of the few people to have ever won a British Design and Art Direction gold award for advertising. Bob has been elected to the Clio Hall of Fame in the US,  the Writers and Art Directors Hall of Fame in Australia and holds an honorary doctorate in communications from RMIT University.

He has served as President of the Film and Press and Poster juries at the Cannes International Advertising Festival and Dean of the Young Creative Academy since 2012.


Assisting Bob and guiding you throughout the week will be Lindsay Lamb.

Lindsay was selected to participate in the first ever Young Creative Academy in 2012 and has since worked as a writer for AKQA New York, as well as Silicon Valley startups at Draper University and clients, such as Google.


Previous attendees

Former attendees have come from companies including AlmapBBDO, DDB, Equilibrium, Service Plan, Havas Worldwide, FCB, Google, Innocean Worldwide, JWT, Leo Burnett, MC Saatchi, Ogilvy, Publicis, Razorfish, Saatchi&Saatchi, TBWA, Tribal DDB and Y&R. 

Past speakers

The Young Creative Academy week is an unparalleled experience, you only need look at some of the previous speakers and workshop hosts to understand that. Proud to name drop, they include:


Sir John Hegarty

Founder, Worldwide Creative Director, BBH


Annie Leibovitz



Bob Greenberg

Founder, Chairman, CEO, R/GA


Daniel Lamarre

President, CEO, Cirque du Soleil 

Jack Dorsey

Co-founder, Twitter


Mark Tutssell

Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett

Yves Behar 

Founder, CEO, fuseproject

David Droga

Founder, Droga 5

What graduates say

"I’m a changed person and ready to face various challenges in my career."
Morgan Doff, Senior Copywriter, Havas Worldwide
"An experience I will never forget; I’m in awe of all the speakers."
Aarish Matcheswalla, Creative Partner, One September
"A totally refreshing experience. I’ve learnt so much in such a short period."
Min Kyoung Choi, Art Director, Innocean Worldwide

  • Young Creative Academy cost How much? €1,995 (+TVA). Full-week delegate pass to Cannes Lions including Innovation, Entertainment plus Awards Shows, Young Lions Party and Closing Gala.
  • Young Creative Academy dates When? 18–23 June 2017

How to register

Registration is now open. Application submissions must be in by 2 June 2017. 

There are limited spaces available on each Academy so don't miss out – either register online or contact Callum at callumw@canneslions.com. 

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