A new Creative Futures Academy is being launched today that will see academics across three institutions work together to identify future skills and knowledge needs across the creative and cultural sectors.

NCAD, UCD and IADT Dún Laoghaire are the institutions involved.

Courses available under the partnership include screenwriting; film, media and broadcasting; creative and cultural management, new platforms for artists; new technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, strategic and user-centred design and sustainable design and practice.

Dónal Lunny, Paul Brady, Mark O'Halloran and director of the DIFF Gráinne Humphreys are among the creative practitioners who will be sharing their knowledge with students under the new programme.

The partnership is funded through a €10m grant from the Higher Education Authority's Human Capital Initiative.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD described the Creative Futures Academy as a 'really exciting initiative' which will develop and change teaching and allow learning to be more agile and diverse.

UCD alum Malik Onilenla and Cinema Creatives student Paula Ramanathan,
pictured at the launch of the Creative Futures Academy

Director of Creative Futures Academy, Louise Allen said: The aim of the CFA partnership is to create a sustainable and vibrant creative and cultural sector, underpinned by a skilled workforce. While courses are tailored for the creative sector, across digital technologies, screen and media; creative writing, music and performing arts; visual and applied arts and design with the growth in demand for creativity in all areas of work, they will benefit a wide range of sectors."