Digital Programme

In light of COVID-19, the PLACED Academy 2020 transitioned to 2 free online programmes that each ran over 10-weeks between July and December. We are planning to run another Digital Academy in 2021, so please check back for dates.

During the programme, participants had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and events with creativity and collaboration at the heart. They developed skills, aspirations and confidence whilst receiving support in accessing professional careers.

Below is an overview what to expect in a Digital Academy. We cover a range of skills, creative projects and professional development activities through collaborative sessions and individual activities.

Individual support: We speak with you to identify your aspirations and help you with personalised guidance.

You also benefit from the support of a built environment professional from our Ambassador team who will mentor you throughout the programme.

Design Activities: Take part in design challenges. Work through a design project like a professional would, including developing a brief, learning about the importance of sites and communities, and developing design solutions using drawing, model making, teamwork and presentations.

Skills Development: Working with the PLACED network of professionals, you will develop a range of skills through focused sessions including model making, sketching, Photoshop and presentation skills.

Professional Development: Advice on writing CV’s and personal statements, portfolio advice and interview preparation. You will also hear from professionals about what their day-to-day job entails, and how they got there.

Presenting your work: The programme will end with an opportunity to present your work to the rest of the cohort and the Academy Partners and Sponsors, helping you to develop your communication and presentation skills.

Throughout the programme, you will be supported by the PLACED team and our fantastic mentor Ambassadors, built environment professionals and students. Our Ambassadors include architects, planners, interior designers and landscape architects. You will work alongside them, gaining a unique insight into careers and study routes in an informal, practical way.

Sound good? Want to find out more detailed information on what to expect and when? Get in touch through our Apply page and we’ll send you more details.