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UCD Graduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Key facts

Qualification & Course Explainer

Level 9 Graduate Certificate (35 ECTS)

*Deadline for applications: 12pm, 20TH November 2023.

Register your interest above to receive a call back and / or apply directly now through Springboard*

Hear from Programme Director Dr Lollie Mancey about this course below

Course Dates

This in-person programme will be delivered in the state of the art campus at  Digital Hub , Dublin 8, D08 TCV4.

Module 1 Creative Thinking & Innovation

Thursday & Fridays 23rd Nov – 19th Jan 2023. In-person classes from 9.30am to 1.30pm each day with self directed learning in the afternoon. No classes 16th December – 10th January.

Module 2 Entrepreneurial Thinking & Innovation

Thursday & Fridays 25th Jan – 22nd Mar 2024. In-person classes from 9.30am to 1.30pm each day with self directed learning in the afternoon. No classes on March 14th and 15th 2024.

Module 3 Entrepreneurial Career Plan

Thursday & Fridays 11th Apr – 10th May 2024. In-person classes from 9.30am to 1.30pm each day with self directed learning in the afternoon.

As the programme involves continuous assessment, students must attend all class sessions. 

ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

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During this 45 min online session you will hear from Innovation Academy’s Programme Director, Dr. Lollie (Lorraine) Mancey and have the the opportunity to ask the Innovation Academy team any questions you may have about the programme.

How it's delivered

This in-person programme will be delivered in the state of the art campus at  Digital Hub , Dublin 8, D08 TCV4.

This course consists of three modules and is delivered part-time through in-person classroom sessions from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays – see module dates above.

An average of 20 additional hours per week is required for self-directed learning, reflective learning, and group or individual work.

 

Fees and Funding

€4,000 (EU) or €4,000 (Non-EU)
This fee is 100% or 90% funded for eligible applicants through the HEA Springboard+ Initiative.

FREE for eligible jobseekers: those who are currently receiving eligible DEASP Payments.

FREE for returners to work and carers.

90% subsidised (student pays €400) eligible individuals in employment or self-employment, and the formerly self-employed.

See How to Apply for eligibility criteria.

What Our Students Say

The Innovation Academy gave me the tools to unlock this idea and launch my social enterprise.” Shane Cogan

The Innovation Academy provided me with the tools and techniques to pursue my business ideas, but also allowed me to learn about myself and what I am capable of.” Sharon Keegan

The four and a half months at the Academy fundamentally changed my mindset in terms of my career goals and gave me confidence.” Shane Reilly

Deadline

12pm Monday 20TH November 2023

Places are offered on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early to secure a place on the programme.

Frequently Asked Questions.

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Overview

The world needs people who think differently. 

More and more, organisations around the globe have to embrace new ways of working. This course will help you to develop the skills employers are looking for in these turbulent times: creative problem solving, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking. 

Through the Academy’s high-energy, immersive learning environment, you’ll learn to disrupt and innovate what you see around you, recognise emerging opportunities, and communicate your vision. 

You’ll hear what it’s really like to run your own venture, and discover how to make the most of your unique skills. Our educators will challenge you, nurture you, guide and inspire you. And we’ll help you to relaunch your career by exploring the entrepreneurial mindset, so that you can embark on the next stage of your journey with a sense of purpose. 

You’ll leave feeling confident and with a new way of looking at the world, with the skills to grab the opportunities on offer – or create your own.

Our funders

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Who is it for?

Perfect for lifelong learners if you are keen to change direction and reinvent yourself and your career.

You might be;

  • unemployed or formerly self-employed,
  • a carer or returner to work, a career changer,
  • an aspiring entrepreneur or intrapreneur or,
  • someone keen to take a more innovative approach to the workplace.

Keen to start seeing the world differently? 

See How to Apply for a summary of the application procedures and funding eligibility for this course.

These are subject to change.

 

The four and a half months at the Academy fundamentally changed my mindset in terms of my career goals and gave me confidence...

Shane Reilly Co-Founder, Moyee Fairchain Coffee Ireland

This course unlocks the student’s creativity and delivers the most relevant and disruptive innovation process...

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Balance stimulating online learning with home and work demands.

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Course structure

This fully immersive learning experience is delivered through a combination of in-person class sessions on Thursday and Friday mornings, self-directed and reflective learning. You’ll learn from Innovation Academy’s inspiring educators and leading industry guest speakers. Nevertheless, this is a very social course, and you’ll collaborate with your fellow innovators on practical team challenges and projects.

Course delivery and timings

The course is split into 3 core modules, totalling 35 ECTS. 

  • IA40110: Creative Thinking and Innovation (10 ECTS)
    Learn Thursday & Fridays 23rd Nov – 19th Jan 2023
    .
  • IA40260: Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation (15 ECTS)
    Learn more Thursday & Fridays 25th Jan – 22nd Mar 2024.
  • IA40500: Entrepreneurial Career Plan (10 ECTS)
    Learn more Thursday & Fridays 11th Apr – 10th May 2024.

An average of 20 additional hours per week is required for self-directed learning, reflective learning, and group or individual work.

As the programme involves continuous assessment, students must attend all class sessions.

  • Why choose us?
  • Learning outcomes
  • How to apply
  • Assessment
  • Who leads this course?
  • Career opportunities

UCD Innovation Academy sits at the cutting-edge of education in Ireland, and the world. 

We’ve been challenging students to see the world differently since 2010, when we became one of the first universities to offer experiential learning experiences. 

Our team has been innovating ever since, shaping and refining our courses with input from some of the world’s best. Thousands of students have passed through the Academy, and each one has played their part in making our courses better and better. We have countless examples of our alumni accelerating their careers and changing the world from within organisations or as entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. 

Students at the Academy also have access to the latest technology to support their creativity. The IA MakerSpace provides a playground for innovation, testing, and prototyping to bring your ideas to life. 

As if that wasn’t enough, we’re a part of UCD, ranked among the top 1% of higher education institutions in the world. We’re Ireland’s global university and ranked Ireland’s best for graduate employability. And we currently have Professor Sir Mark Welland​, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge acting as our External Examiner. 

Here at the Innovation Academy we have everything you need for a learning experience you’ll never forget.

By the end of the Graduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you will:

  • Acquire a toolkit that helps you to validate and execute new ideas using key frameworks and methodologies.
  • Cultivate a personal brand identity and build your creative confidence. 
  • Develop and understand the entrepreneurial mindset that enables you to realise your career aspirations.
  • Use prototyping and pitching skills to solve real-world problems.
  • Apply learning to be able to develop business models for new ventures.
  • Build a peer network of contacts and collaborators who have the skills to lead change in organisations and start new ones.
  • Develop a skill set that entrepreneurs need and employers value including creative thinking, collaborative problem solving, communication & presentation skills, team working & networking skills.
  • Collaborate effectively and gain exposure to new perspectives and alternative skill sets.
  • Gain knowledge through informative online fireside chats with external speakers.
  • Leave with a clear action plan to reimagine and relaunch your career.
  • Gain a joint Level 9 qualification awarded by University College Dublin.

The deadline for applications is 12pm 20TH November 2023. 

This course is open for applications through the HEA Springboard+ website and you can begin your application here. If you require more information, please register your interest and we will be in contact with you shortly.

Applications will be reviewed and places offered on a rolling basis until the course is full.

Below is a summary of the application procedures and funding eligibility for this course. These are subject to change. 

The full document requirements are on Springboard+. Please read them carefully. 

Initial supporting documents

You will need to upload some supporting documents as part of your application:

  1. Current CV and Letter of Motivation. 
  2. A copy of your academic transcript to show that you have a level 8 qualification. (If you are a graduate of UCD, please include a Word document or PDF with your name and UCD student number). Alternatively, you can apply through Recognition of Prior Learning. Please note that a parchment will not meet the requirements
  3. If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required. Click HERE for full English Language Requirements for UCD.

Concluding steps

Following provisional offers, UCD Innovation Academy will request evidence of eligibility in respect of holding a valid PPSN; Nationality; Current Residency; 3 of 5 Years EU/EEA residency; and current Employment Status between six weeks and two weeks from the stated course start date. It is only at this point that eligibility for funding through the HEA Springboard initiative can be ascertained. 

Funding

FREE for eligible jobseekers: those who are currently receiving eligible DEASP Payments. 

FREE for returners to work and carers. 

90% subsidised (student pays €400) eligible individuals in employment or self-employment, and the formerly self-employed. 

For full or part-funded places, we will need to see proof of your relevant employment status as outlined in Springboard+ Eligibility Guidelines.

In order to pass the course, you must participate and engage actively throughout. Attendance counts for 40% of the total mark, with a minimum of 80% attendance required for a Pass. 

The rest of the course is assessed through a combination of individual and team assignments, project reports and presentations.

IA40110: Creative Thinking and Innovation (10 ECTS)

  • 20% Innovation sprint team report and poster
  • 20% Innovation sprint team pitch
  • 20% End of module reflection report

IA40260: Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation

  • 20% Project report
  • 20% Project presentation 
  • 20% End of module reflection report

IA40500: Entrepreneurial Career Plan (10 ECTS)

  • 30% Presentation of demonstrated actions and plan
  • 30% End of module reflection report

All courses at the Innovation Academy are developed and facilitated by our exceptional team of educators. 

The team boasts a wealth of experience from a wide variety of backgrounds. They are international entrepreneurs, doctors (both medical and academic), robotics experts, storytellers, conservationists, campaigners, and creatives. 

What they all have in common is their love of the innovative, learning-by-doing approach to learning and their devotion to delivering a world-class student experience. 

People with soft skills in creative problem solving, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking are in high demand right now. 

Whether you see yourself as an entrepreneur at the head of a new venture, or bringing more creative ways of working to an existing employer, you’ll develop serious skills in a creative way. 

You’ll leave the course feeling inspired and perfectly positioned to grab emerging opportunities, or create your own.

 

ACCREDIBLE

UCD Innovation Academy is delighted to partner with Accredible in the provision of digital credentials across all of our programmes. We believe lifelong learning should be encouraged and celebrated, and digital credentials will allow you to share your accomplishments on LinkedIn and other online platforms to promote among your network. 

 

Students who successfully complete and pass this programme will receive a digital certificate of completion. The certificate is issued online once the UCD Exam Board sits and approves your grade. UCD Exam Board sits three times a year (Autumn, Spring, Summer trimester) and approval times vary depending on the Exam Board calendar. The certificate of completion is separate to the official parchment, which arrives in hard copy at a later date.

We’ve developed this course in collaboration with employers, to address emerging trends in industry and support job creation and expansion. 

Graduates of this course have gone on to establish exciting new business ventures like Fiid and Peachy Lean. Others have launched award-winning social enterprises like Buddy Bench, Streetsmart Ireland, and The Upcycle Movement. 

As one of our exclusive club of graduates you’ll have the qualities employers are looking for. Our graduates have applied what they’ve learned to change careers, working with organisations from Accenture to The Department of An Taoiseach, and even here at the Innovation Academy.

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