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How to Improve Your Creative Collaboration

Analyse your creative team dynamics and develop effective collaboration skills for better team work.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Understand your role in a team and build team working skills

Creative excellence isn’t a solo activity. It takes the work of a team to produce brilliant commercial creative outcomes.

On this course, you’ll learn key skills to understand your role in a team, how best to work with others, and how to make sure you’re collaborating successfully.

You’ll also hear from world-class creative professionals on how they foster collaboration in their teams, be inspired by brilliant output, and explore how to apply this to your role.

Investigate effective collaboration in creative industries

You’ll look at what effective collaboration looks like and identify the skills required to successfully collaborate in a team. Then you’ll be able to assess your own skillset to focus on what you need to improve to work better as part of a team.

With the working world shifting more towards remote working, it’s important to assess how collaboration differs in a team that’s working from home. This will help you to look at whether there are other collaboration tools you can use to ease the creative process.

Explore the importance of a team and positive team dynamics

When collaborating with different teams, you’ll experience a mixture of personalities and team dynamics. On this course, you’ll learn how to work best alongside various types of co-worker and the techniques you can utilise to improve team dynamics.

Discover how to apply collaboration techniques in different organisations

Every business and team will have their own dynamic and optimal way of working together. This course will take you through examples of collaboration in different organisations so you can compare and contrast the techniques used. Then you’ll be able to apply these tools to your own situation, making sure you’re collaborating successfully and being more productive because of it.

What topics will you cover?

  • Collaboration in the context of the creative industries
  • Remote collaboration
  • Skills to be a successful collaborator
  • The importance of a team
  • How to work alongside different personalities
  • Improving team dynamics
  • How collaboration happens in different organisations

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Investigate collaboration matters in the creative industries
  • Identify the skills you need to be a successful collaborator
  • Explore how to build a good team dynamic
  • Apply techniques to make sure you're collaborating successfully, and getting work done

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone in a creative industry looking to collaborate successfully with people in a team.

You may be interested if you’re an early-stage creative wanting to improve your teamwork with other team members, or if you’re a manager looking for techniques to improve collaboration in your team.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?


Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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