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Learn how to crack the creative industries with Dazed Academy

Making It Up As We Go Along is a monthly programme of IRL events designed to empower the next generation of creatives

Breaking into a creative career can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This year, Dazed Academy is holding a monthly series of in-person educational events to help you get started in the creative industries, from fashion, art, photography, film, events, and music, to publishing, digital media, video and more.

Throwing open the doors to Dazed Space at 180 The Strand, the 2022 Making It Up As We Go Along programme includes talks, workshops, and opportunities for the next generation of creatives to connect face-to-face. Each of these will draw on the experience of Dazed’s editors, as well as a broader creative network, with events led by the likes of Dazed Art Director Gareth Wrighton, and Editor-in-Chief Ib Kamara.

Beginning March 1, Wrighton will kick off the IRL programme with ‘Making the Magazine’, joining Senior Designer Bior Elliott and Designer Ester Mejibovski to discuss the most recent issue of Dazed, featuring cover star Harry Styles. Attendees will get an insight into the whole process, including storyboarding, commissioning, graphics and layouts.

Elsewhere, the programme will feature a ‘Journalism Crash Course’ with Dazed’s Arts and Culture Editor-at-Large Ashleigh Kane, Digital Fashion Features Director Emma Davidson, Music Editor-at-Large Natty Kasambala, and Beauty Editor Alex Peters. More events are also yet to be announced, including workshops with Ib Kamara and Lynette Nylander, Dazed’s Editorial Director.

Previous iterations of Dazed Academy – which went online last year due to nationwide lockdowns – have showcased how to stand out as a writer, make it as a published author or professional filmmaker, and channel your work into positive social change.

“This year we are re-launching the series IRL,” says IB Kamara. “Last year during lockdown the series took place over Zoom, attracting over 6,000 attendees with people tuning in globally from continents including Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Australia. The reach was amazing – but nothing beats in person interaction.”

“With Dazed’s magazine, website, and social channels,” he adds, “we can broadcast live from the events so that the sessions still reach audiences all over the world.”

Buy tickets for ‘Making A Magazine’ here. General admission £8, Dazed Club members £5.