Postgraduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Level 9 About NFQ
Mary SaundersEmail Phone
01 716 2065
UCD Innovation Academy
O'Brien Centre for Science
University College Dublin
Marketing and Recruitment Administrator
Transform Your Career
This part-time online course develops your ability to think and act entrepreneurially, irrespective of whether you have an idea or any prior start-up experience. This course fosters an entrepreneurial mindset and will build your creative confidence alongside practical skills to validate a business idea or to transition to an alternative career path. Our 'secret sauce' lies in the creation of a hands-on, action-oriented learning experience that does not rely on 'chalk & talk'. Whether you are transitioning to an alternative career or ultimately launching a new venture, this course develops the skills and attributes you need to reimagine yourself in the rapidly changing world of work.
'This course has given me the confidence to believe in myself.' - Sharon Keegan, Founder of PeachyLean, UCD Innovation Academy Alumna 2017
- Develop a mindset that enables you to realise your career aspirations (creative confidence & entrepreneurial thinking, resilience and growth mindset);
- Hone and develop a skill set that all entrepreneurs need and employers value (creative thinking, collaborative problem solving, communication & presentation skills, team working & networking skills);
- Solve current real-life challenges for industry partners (e.g. AIB, Abbott, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Bord Na Mona) and apply learning & tools to your own entrepreneurial project;
- Acquire a toolkit that helps you to validate and execute new ideas using key business tools and frameworks, including Design Thinking, Value Proposition Design and the Lean Start-up Methodology;
- Work in multidisciplinary teams and gain exposure to new perspectives and alternative skill sets;
- Learn from entrepreneurial practitioners who have ‘walked the walk’
- Build a network with a global community of innovators and entrepreneurs who have the skills to lead change in organisations and start new ones.
Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but who can demonstrate extensive professional experience. Typically, such applicants would have five years or more experience where their role includes managing teams, leading projects, programmes or business units.
if you do not have the required documentation to hand, you may still begin your application to this course and upload these documents at a later point.
1. Applicants must satisfy Springboard's requirements to be eligible for funding
2. Applicants must satisfy UCD's requirements for entry to this postgraduate, level 9 course.
This means you must upload original, official transcripts or your degree parchment that demonstrate that you have a minimum of an honours degree, in any discipline (NFQ level 8 or equivalent) and you must upload an up-to-date CV.
In the absence of a degree, 5+ years of relevant work experience may be considered under UCD's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. Such applicants must submit their CV and any transcripts, certificates etc.
If you are applying under RPL, please review your CV to ensure that it includes the following:-
I. Experience of leadership and self-direction
II. Experience of management or entrepreneurship
III. A description of eg. employee, budget and client responsibilities
IV. Two professional/employment references including name, role and email address.
3. UCD Innovation Academy requires each applicant to upload a satisfactory Letter of Motivation.
'This course was a transformational experience that helped me in my career (by giving me skills that were useful both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial)...Its value in my life cannot be underestimated.' - Participant 2018/19
Transform Your Career
This part-time online course develops your ability to think and act entrepreneurially, irrespective of whether you have an idea or any prior start-up experience. This course fosters an entrepreneurial mindset and builds creative confidence alongside practical skills to validate a business idea or to transition to an alternative career path. Our 'secret sauce' lies in the creation of a hands-on, action-oriented learning experience that does not rely on 'chalk & talk'. Whether you are transitioning to an alternative career or ultimately launching a new venture, this course develops the skills and attributes you need to reimagine yourself in the rapidly changing world of work.
‘This course has given me the confidence to believe in myself.’ - Sharon Keegan, Founder of PeachyLean, Innovation Academy Alumna 2017
Over 1,800 students have graduated from the course since 2012, creating a network of innovators who successfully gained employment or created employment for themselves and others. The UCD Innovation Academy as part of Ireland's Global University will help you realise your career aspirations.
How and what will I learn?
This course is delivered by an experienced team of entrepreneurs and industry practitioners from the financial services, ICT, hospitality, creative industries and social enterprise. The course content is grounded in academic rigour and has adapted best practice from leading educational institutions globally to the Irish context.
This 35 ECTS course consists of three core modules. In each module, you will explore specific themes through a variety of ways including facilitated classes (8 hours, online, per week) and self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual student effort (an average of 20 hours a week).
By participating in this course you will -
- Gain a joint Level 9 qualification awarded by University College Dublin, ranked number 1 university in Ireland for employability
- Learn from a team of practitioners, experts in their field who have ‘walked the talk.’ Meet our team at www.innovators.ie/our-team/
- Develop an entrepreneurial mindset (i.e. the ability to identify ideas of real economic or social value, engage others to progress these ideas and to learn through testing and iteration)
- Hone and develop a skill set that all entrepreneurs need and employers value (creative thinking, collaborative problem solving, communication & presentation skills, team working & networking skills)
- Build your creative confidence by practising creativity through individual and team-based challenges
- Apply your new skills to prototype and pitch a solution to a real-world problem for an external organisation. Previous collaborators have included Google, ESB, Failte Ireland, Arnotts/Brown Thomas and Focus Ireland.
- Develop and test a business model for your fledgling venture or project
- Engage with guest speakers from industry through a combination of ‘warts and all’ online fireside chats and through informative sessions from useful service providers such as Local Enterprise Offices and LinkedIn (personal branding)
- Participate in this programme from the comfort of your own home through a cutting edge, user-friendly online learning and collaboration platform
- Develop a new cross-industry professional network of peers facilitated by small class sizes of 36 participants
- Leave with a clear action plan and steps to reimagine and recreate your career.
IA40110: Module 1: Creative Thinking & Innovation (10 ECTS)
– Idea Generation
– Creative Communication
– Teamwork and Collaboration
– User-Centred Design
– Opportunity Recognition
– Pitching and Presenting
IA40260: Module 2: Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation (15 ECTS)
– What is the entrepreneurial mindset?
– Who and what is an entrepreneur?
– Digital up-skilling and learning how to navigate multiple platforms
– Design Thinking from foundations to fruition
– Business Model Canvas
– Pitching and Presentation coaching
– Navigating Remote Customer Discovery
– Lean Marketing and Bootstrapping a Business
– Innovating through Social Media
– Learning about Franchises
– Social Entrepreneurship
IA40500: Module 3: Entrepreneurial Career Plan (10 ECTS)
– Networking – Finding your community
– Resilience and Vulnerability as key entrepreneurial factors
– Reimagining your CV
– Financial Planning for startups & Alternative Revenue Streams
– Voice & Performance coaching for interviews
– How to use LinkedIn so it works for you
– Mind your own business – how to survive in the current climate
– How to pivot within your sector
– The Realistic optimist
– Creating an action plan and accountability
'Engaging, educational and illuminating learning will ensure the experience provides many new skills to take into the future whether as an entrepreneur or as a confident employee. A true gem of a course that you will walk away from a more enriched confident person.' - Current Student May 2020
This course is designed to help you challenge, disrupt and innovate what you see around you. You will hear first-hand what it is like to run your own venture, the highs and the lows, and everything in between. You will learn about yourself and your own unique skill set. You will be challenged, nurtured, guided and inspired, to help you understand the entrepreneur's journey, and to think about what’s next for you whether that is establishing a new venture or taking your new-found innovation skill set into an existing organisation.
'The kernel of this course is to unlock the student's creativity and to deliver the most relevant and disruptive innovation processes and tools to help us create businesses or reinvent our careers.' - Graduate 2020
Graduates of the UCD Postgraduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship go on to:
1. Establish exciting new business ventures like Fiid, Moyee Fairchain Coffee, Peachy Lean, and The Dublin Cookie Company;
2. Establish award-winning social enterprises like Buddy Bench, Exit Entry, The Good Limbo, First Fortnight, Streetsmart Ireland, and The Upcycle Movement;
3. Apply the mindset, skills and toolkit of approaches gained during the course to change career path. Graduates of this course have gone on to working with a broad range of organisations from Accenture and Facebook to The Department of An Taoiseach and even here at UCD Innovation Academy.
'The four and a half months at the Academy fundamentally changed my mindset in terms of my career goals and gave me the confidence and skills to set up a venture in a new industry.' - Shane Reilly, Co-Founder, Moyee Fairchain Coffee Ireland
This course is delivered live online each Thursday and Friday from 14th January to 25th June 2021 with breaks during the school mid-term and Easter.
Days: Thursday and Friday
Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm (Live online classes will run from 9.30am until approximately 1.30pm).
As the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions.
This course is delivered as a fully immersive online experience using a combination of UCD's virtual learning platform and the Zoom online collaboration platform and other tools for collaboration online.
Part-time live online online classroom sessions from 9.30am to 1.30pm two days per week.
8 hours a week class time plus an average of 20 hours of student effort outside class, to include self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work.
Students will need internet access, a laptop, desktop or tablet for this course. Mobile phones will not suffice.
UCD Innovation Academy
O'Brien Centre for Science
University College Dublin
01 716 2065Email
UCD Recognition of Prior Learning Policy - http://www.ucd.ie/governance/resources/policypage-rplpolicy/
1. Complete all fields in your Springboard online application www.springboardcourses.ie.
2. Upload your up-to-date CV.
3. Upload proof of status as stated in Springboard Eligibility Guidelines.
4. Upload your Letter of Motivation. For this, you should consider why you want to do this course at this time, why you are applying and what you hope to achieve.
5. Upload your parchment or transcripts for a minimum of an Honours Bachelor's Degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent). If you previously studied at UCD, please provide your UCD student number in place of parchment or transcripts. If you do not have an honours degree, we will look for 5+ years of relevant work experience on your CV and employer references as per RPL guidelines below.
6. Applicants who have not passed English as a subject in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination must upload evidence of equivalent competence in the English language through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or a letter from employer or another third party deemed relevant by UCD. A degree taken through English may also be taken into account. Applicants may be asked to demonstrate that they have achieved the minimum standard in a recognised English language test.
7. Employed applicants should upload their passport or GNIB with Stamp 4 visa dated 3 years before the course start date.
The deadline for applications is subject to change and is at the discretion of UCD Innovation Academy. The deadline for applications is subject to change and is at the discretion of UCD Innovation Academy. If you don’t have all the required documentation to hand now, we would encourage you to begin your application and upload these at a later point before the deadline.
As part of Springboard requirements, we must prioritise unemployed/formerly self-employed and returner applicants ahead of employed applicants. This means that applicants who are employed will be offered places in the week before the course starts and only if places are available.
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