The set and 3D design course supporting London’s next generation of makers

Creativity Works: Transforming Spaces was a new programme for 15 talented young Londoners kick-starting a career in set design and build for festivals, theatre and events. It was co-designed with Blackhorse Workshop and set designer Katie Fotis.

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Over an initial 4-week intensive course, participants will took part in industry-focussed training, covering creative concept to computer aided design, research to user testing, branding to fabrication. Paired with artist-mentors, trainees also completed a work placement designing, building and installing an interactive stage for the Barbican’s Walthamstow Garden Party in July.

Trainees met set designers, technicians, artists and event producers, developing skills in creative thinking, responding to live briefs, design thinking, project management, presentation and engaging audiences, as well as practical construction and making. Partners included Blackhorse Workshop, Punchdrunk, Block 9, Barbican, GP Johnson, Hirsch & Mann and Assemble.

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They developed the skills, confidence and contacts to gain paid employment in the creative industries. Through a combination of live briefs and collaborative projects, industry talks, work placements, application support and professional mentoring, trainees had the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry, get hands-on experience at a high-profile event and establish the groundwork they'd need for a bright future.

Trainees got:

  • 4 weeks of exclusive hands-on training led by leading makers and designers

  • Live group projects to build your portfolio

  • Work placement leading to a high-profile live event

  • Careers advice and guidance plus ongoing CV and application support from Create Jobs

  • Access to a Macbook and Adobe Creative Suite

  • Travel, food expenses covered throughout the course


Skills and experience gained were applicable to:

  • Set Design and Fabrication

  • 3D Design

  • Exhibition Design

  • Art Department and Production Design

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Who was it for?

  • 18-24 year old Londoners interested in building a career in the creative industries

  • Curious creatives, passionate about learning and able to build skills independently

  • Unemployed and not in full-time education

We particularly welcomed applications from residents of Waltham Forest. We also welcomed individuals who are underrepresented in industry including women and non-binary people, people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, D/deaf, Diasbled and neurodiverse people and people from low socio-economic backgrounds.

This was a selective programme, participants had to be motivated, enthusiastic and committed to exploring a career in the creative sector.


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Creativity Works is a Mayors Fund for London programme, supported by Waltham Forest Council and delivered by A New Direction.

Browse our previous Creativity Works programmes below, and check out the Creativity Works blog tag for more.