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You’ve hopefully taken on board the core message of this publication. For those who want to know more, Suzanne Hinchliffe has compiled a list of organisations offering professional development

Camberwell College of the Arts provides high-quality teaching by leading practitioners.

Central St Martins College of Art and Designprovides specialist education and research in the fields of fine art, fashion and textiles, film, video and photography, graphics and communication design, three-dimensional design, theatre and performance and interdisciplinary art and design.

The Centre for Creative Business is a not-for-profit joint venture between London Business School and University of the Arts London, offering business courses, mentoring schemes, conferences, events, business networking clubs and media. Members only.

The Centre for Sustainable Design initiative, set up by the University of the Creative Arts, facilitates discussion and research on eco design and broader sustainability considerations in product and service development.
Clore Leadership Programme is an initiative from the Clore Duffield Foundation, aiming to strengthen leadership across the creative industries, offering fellowships and short courses for individual leaders, and training for members of cultural organisations.

Cultural Enterprise Office is Scotland’s specialist business support and development service for creative and cultural businesses and individuals, offering advice, information and events. Free unless otherwise stated.

Cultural Industries Development Agencies is a support organisation for the creative and cultural sector offering professional development training programmes, as well as networking and showcasing opportunities. Free.

D&AD Workout is a series of workshops that runs throughout the year, and a range of bespoke professional development programmes for many different audiences.

Designer Breakfasts are monthly networking events focusing on continuing professional development for small creative consultancies.

The Design Business Association offers courses specifically for the design industry, whether it is sharpening professional practice skills or getting to grips with presenting. Members only.
Design Initiative is a specialist regional agency, which works directly with practitioners and commissioners to expand the market in the North West and make it a centre for quality design practice.

Design Management Institute is an international not-for-profit organisation that seeks to heighten awareness of design as an essential part of business strategy, providing training through conferences, seminars, membership programme and publications.

Design Plus is a design-based initiative that develops and promotes collaboration between businesses and universities, offering events, facilitating projects and providing professional development courses.

Design Wales provides an independent design support service for industry in Wales, offering focused promotion, facilitation and mentoring to raise awareness of design issues and to help businesses make the most of their investment in design. Free.

Enterprise Centre for Creative Arts, at the London College of Communication, offers business training though online resources, events and one-to-one advice sessions with a business advisor. Free for all University of the Arts London students.

The Lighthouse’s Creative Entrepreneurs Club is a network for Scotland’s creative industries, with more than 2600 members, hosting a mixture of networking events, inspirational speaker presentations and professional development workshops. Members only.

Made claims to be the only independent organisation in the West Midlands offering advisory services and competitions, as well as organising events and promoting good practice and design.

Nesta is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, which invests in early-stage companies, informs and shapes policy, and delivers practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challenges of the future.

Upstart at University of Greenwich is a business support, networking and development programme for the creative sector.

The UK Design Skills Alliance contributed to the compilation of this list of courses. A fuller list is available at 

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