Future London Academy

Introduction

Future London Academy (FLA) is an educational organisation formed in 2013. Our courses cater for professionals across a variety of industries; they consist of talks, lectures and workshops conducted by industry experts. Our programmes are designed to immerse participants in the creative, commercial and cultural life of London. Participants enjoy exclusive access to some of the top people; agencies and businesses at work here today learning first-hand how they operate, as well as gaining behind-the-scenes insights into their most successful projects. We believe in practical experiential learning, where you learn directly from the source rather than a textbook.

Participants spend seven days in London all living in a house at the creative heart of the city. Our talks and workshops take place at our industry experts’ offices or exciting meeting spaces and are designed to be informative and informal. Previous courses have included visits to leading companies like Google, Twitter and the BBC. Participants have had the opportunity to sit around the table with key people in these organisations – asking questions, having conversations, and learning face-to-face about their approach and their ideas.

Apart from the educational aspect, the courses are also designed to show you London from a number of different angles, every day is packed with activity. Participants visit acclaimed exhibitions and cultural events as well as exploring some of the secret spots in London that most visitors never get to experience.

Every day consists of various activities to maximise participants learning experiences, we follow the following structure:

  • Boosting breakfast: The first activity of the day includes informal activities over breakfast to activate brain and body to receive the creative stimuli of the day. During the boosting breakfasts, participants will interact with other participants, share their ideas, experiences and expectations for the day and meet local professionals to get to know more about the backstage of the creative industry.
  • Morning session: It is the first session of the day; it will take the form of a lecture or a hands-on workshop.
  • Practical exercise: A short task to follow up the morning session and make everyone unlock their brain's full potential
  • Lunch break: Between the morning and afternoon sessions there will be a short break where participants will have an opportunity to have lunch and enjoy the surroundings of the morning session’s location.
  • Afternoon session: It is the second session of the day, where participants will have a chance to visit another top London agency and listen to their team revealing the secrets they use in everyday work.
  • Debrief and the city: After a long day of absorbing new ways of working, idea brainstorming and creative exercises participants will debrief the content of the day to better organise them in their minds. This activity will be short and engaging and it will take place straight after the afternoon session in locations that participants can then visit as cultural and social activities such as museums, galleries and event spaces.
  • The weekend: The weekend will be dedicated to cultural and social activities, visiting exhibitions and exciting places in London.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Design Thinking and Innovation Week

Campus Full time 1 week March 2018 United Kingdom London

A unique programme for service designers, creative entrepreneurs and business owners – introducing you to London's most innovative businesses and uncovering the latest approaches to design thinking. [+]

2017 Design Thinking and Innovation Week reviews. https://uxresearchguy.com/2017/05/09/design-and-innovation-week-day-1/ http://designthinking.gal/en/design-thinking-and-innovation-week-at-future-london-academy/ http://www.designindaba.com/news-features/showcases/design-thinking-and-innovation https://www.inc.com/natalie-nixon/4-ways-design-thinking-innovates-business-models.html A unique programme for service designers, creative entrepreneurs and business owners - introducing you to London's most innovative businesses and uncovering the latest approaches to design thinking. Every day will consist of lectures, workshops and visits to top companies, where you will meet the teams behind their latest research and innovation. You will learn about their approach to creativity, product management and business management - and have the opportunity to ask any questions in an informal atmosphere. This programme is designed to give you inspiration for your work, to help you get an expert opinion on your current projects, and keep you up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry. Structure of the programme: Every day you will discover design thinking through different lenses: Monday: focus on consumer 
Tuesday: focus on processes
 Wednesday: focus on brain 
Thursday: focus on innovation
 Friday: focus on digital Every day will consist of various activities to maximise your learning experience. Boosting breakfast: t​he first activity of the day includes informal activities over breakfast to activate brain and body to receive the creative stimuli of the day. During the boosting breakfasts, you will interact with other participants, share your ideas, experiences and expectation for the day and meet local professionals to get to know more about the backstage of the creative industry. Morning session: it is the first session of the day, it will take the form of a lecture or a hands-on workshop.... [-]

Future of Branding Week

Campus Full time 1 week June 2018 United Kingdom London

This course is for people who want to learn more about the world of typography and learn about best practices of using type in various areas of design; for those who want to meet in person legendary typographers and creative directors, who were responsible for the great masterpieces. [+]

What is British Typography and why is it different from Dutch or German? Why does every piece of British Design have a very distinct style with typography as the main element? Was it always there or did it only appear in the 60s? Did it get to the end in the 90s? Can a non-british designer become a British typographer? Where can we find examples of British Typography and how can we use them? All of these questions and many others will be answered during our programme. This course is for people who want to learn more about the world of typography and learn about best practices of using type in various areas of design; for those who want to meet in person legendary typographers and creative directors, who were responsible for the great masterpieces. This programme will help you to build a skeleton of typographic wisdom, that you will be able to build on in future. Programme includes lectures, workshops, visits to exhibitions, self-study work and professional discussions. You will also have a unique opportunity to get behind the closed doors of the most influential agencies in London. Structure of the programme: Every day you will discover typography through different lenses: Monday: environmental and space design
 Tuesday: type creation 
Wednesday: magazine and book design 
Thursday: digital design
 Friday: branding and packaging Who is this programme for: graphic, digital and packaging designers
 art and creative directors
 branding and typography specialists MA students and graduates of design programmes
 everyone who is... [-]

Interior and Experience Design Week

Campus Full time 1 week September 2017 United Kingdom London

This course will cover the areas of residential, retail and workspace design and provide methods to apply for interior projects in a variety of contexts. [+]

Do you want to observe directly how leading professionals use materials, technology, visual communication and storytelling to design memorable user experiences through the immersive built environment? This course will cover the areas of residential, retail and workspace design and provide methods to apply for interior projects in a variety of contexts. In one week you will participate in a rich mix of lectures and hands-on workshops that Future London Academy curated for you by partnering with successful design, consultancy and media practices. The programme matches the understanding of space from both the designer's and the user's perspective to equip you with both a technical and strategic angle for your future projects. The experiential approach of this course consists of technical, cultural and social activities that together enable you to tailor your own design practice.
 Besides some of the best design practices in the world, London nurtures a vibrant design community thanks to prestigious Art and Design institutions. This programme will also put you in contact with this community through informal gatherings, studio visits and debriefing moments with emerging designers and the course curator that will help the participant group deepen the understanding of the course subjects through collective content reviews. Structure of the programme: Monday: interior and experience design 
Tuesday: the state of the art of retail design
 Wednesday: smart living, the future of residential design 
Thursday: the future of the workplace
 Friday: interior design for cultural and community spaces The programme of the course is divided into five workshop... [-]

UX and Digital Design Week

Campus Full time 1 week August 2017 United Kingdom London

UX and Digital Design Week 2016 Review http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2017/04/review-ux-and-digital-design-week-2016.php During a whole week you’ll immerse yourself into London's technology industry exploring hottest trends and latest inventions. You’ll get firsthand knowledge about modern digital product and service design with lectures and workshops from world’s best design studios and product companies. [+]

UX and Digital Design Week 2016 Review http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2017/04/review-ux-and-digital-design-week-2016.php During a whole week, you’ll immerse yourself into London's technology industry exploring hottest trends and latest inventions. You’ll get firsthand knowledge about modern digital product and service design with lectures and workshops from world’s best design studios and product companies. You will learn best practices and methods, design strategy and management, design for modern platforms (the web, mobile, internet of things, wearables, service design), tools. Experienced professionals will deepen their knowledge and will get a fresh perspective — you’ll feel yourself more confident by the end of the programme, knowing you’re working on a world-class level of competence. Younger designers and product managers will learn modern digital product design practices firsthand. And of course, it’s a fantastic networking opportunity. UK is one of the most advanced countries in UX and interface design. It has a vast number of design studios who create groundbreaking products. It developed a strong start-up scene with lots of young and successful companies that create a competitive product market. Also due to an early development of a service-based economy many of the classical businesses invest in design as a part of their strategy. And of course many of the technological giants have offices in London. As a result, London has accumulated a great number of brilliant world-renowned designers. Plus UK was always known for its systematic approach, so it is definitely a place to learn how to deal with projects big and small. This course is a mix... [-]

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