Creative Academy

€2,365 + TVA

The Creative Academy is for the perpetually curious. The programme is designed to inspire personal creativity to help catapult young talents to the next level of their career.

Expect inspiring classroom sessions and workshops. Learn first-hand from world renowned CEOs, CCOs, ECDs, artists, authors, directors, journalists and creative superstars.

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"This Academy is a once in a lifetime experience. No other event in the world dedicated to creativity can offer this. The opportunity to be part of a small group, in a small space with some of the biggest creative talent in the world."

Course Dean Bob Isherwood

Confirmed Creative Academy Speakers 2019

Elli Tuominen

Strategy Director and Partner

Neil Waller


Michelle Zelli

Founder and Human Potentialist
Feminine Superpowers

Jari Lähdevuori 

Creative Director and Partner

Nelson Kunkel

Chief Design Officer
Deloitte Digital

Paulie Dery

Executive Creative Director

Sam Vaknin

Writer and Editor

Tommi Opas

CEO and Entrepreneur


CEO and Co-Founder

David Shing

Digital Prophet
Verizon Media

Kwame Alexander

Author and Founding Editor

Sir Martin Sorrell

S4 Capital

Mary Lee Copeland

Chief Storyteller/Senior Creative

Rick Brim

Executive Creative Director
Adam & Eve/DDB

Rory Sutherland

Vice Chairman

Tea Uglow

Creative Director
Google Creative Lab

Brown Johnson

Executive Vice President and Creative Director
Sesame Workshop

Greg Cross

Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer
Soul Machines

Jenna Lyons

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Mark Sagar

CEO and Co-Founder
Soul Machines

Shea Vaughan Gabor

Adolescent Content

Sherrie Westin

President of Global Impact and Philanthrophy
Sesame Workshop

Subject areas

  • Ideation and originality
  • Problem solving and innovation
  • Imagination and craft
  • Leadership and creative bravery
  • Technology for creativity
  • Life lessons from industry legends

What you get

The pass includes exclusive access to the Creative Academy Programme and complete access to the Cannes Lions festival talks, awards, networking events and closing party.

Who is it for?

Students come from traditional creative advertising roles such as: Art Directors, Copywriters, Graphic/UX Designers but the programme welcomes talent from other creative disciplines including film, journalism, PR, tech innovations and brand communications.

Companies like JWT, Y&R, BBDO, Wunderman, Leo Burnett, Pixar, Disney, Red Bull, Al Jazera have all trained at the Young Creative Academy.

You should be

  • Under 30 Years of age (as of June 22, 2019)
  • Have at least 18 months of industry experience
  • Fluent English speaker

"I have so much more confidence in myself and my work, so much more respect for myself and much higher standards."

Hannah Pomfret

Designer, Hodes, UK

Course leaders


Bob Isherwood, Former Worldwide Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi

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 has been the Dean of the Young Creative Academy since 2012.

2019 course modules

  • Personal development:

    • Recharge your batteries
    • Grow your confidence
    • Take your work, and your career to the next level
  • Teamwork & communication:

    • Learn the ins and outs of creative
    • How to communicate with clients
    • Join a global team, build new friendships
  • Inspiration & ideation:

    • Expand your creative toolbox
    • Expand the way you think
    • Be surrounded by innovation

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