Want to get into the industry via non-traditional channels?

January 29, 2024

Do you know about D&AD’s Shift Sydney mentorship program? To be eligible for Shift you must not hold a university degree in any subject, or be studying towards one.

Shift allows participants to access and learn from both top-tier creatives and peers and is structured in a way that means they can learn alongside existing work with classes held on evenings and occasional weekends. Some are in-person and some are online and the 120 hour program is only open to participants that want to enter the advertising and design industry via non-traditional methods.

The mentorships are 1:1 with industry professionals allowing students to develop ket collaboration skills, become part of an international creative network, build their portfolio with projects from world-leading brands and ultimately receive accreditation from a globally-recognised organisation (D&AD).

As part of the application process you must upload 3 examples of your work – like a design, campaign concept, a piece of artwork, a video, some photos, lyrics, a story, it’s up to you!

“Shift aims to support learning alongside existing work. The programme runs on evenings and occasional weekends. Sessions are taught part in-person and part-online. We offer transport support within the region of the city of Sydney, plus a limited relocation bursary for eligible applicants.

The night school offers exposure to the commercial creative industry through sessions led by creative professionals, in-person agency visits, and opportunities to work on creative briefs set by global brands looking to support emerging talent.

Every Shifter receives 1:1 mentoring support, networking opportunities and help creating their portfolio in order to kickstart their next career steps. Across 120 hours of learning, the programme covers key disciplines and topics essential for working in advertising, design and production. It also covers professional skills such as collaboration, bravery and resilience.”

Registrations opened in December 2023 and you can sign up here… https://www.dandad.org/en/d-ad-shift-sydney/

Need qualified and professional designers in the meantime?! Contact Fresco …and maybe if you do this course you will be working with us one day!