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How to Build Your Creative Resilience

Discover how to improve your creative process and build your resilience within the creative industry.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Become better equipped to handle the pressures of creative work

In today’s world, change is part of everyday life. How you cope with it, overcome it, and roll with the punches is your resilience.

This course is aimed at those in creative industries, where there are unique challenges. From client pitches and burn-out to the constant pressure to have brilliant ideas.

You’ll understand your purpose, explore vulnerability, and overcome situations that will test your resilience, making you more equipped to handle the pressures of creative work.

Understand how the creative process impacts your resilience

The creative process can often involve challenges that other industries don’t deal with, adding pressure when trying to create your best work.

You’ll start by examining the creative process to develop strategies for building your creative resilience in testing situations.

Explore vulnerability at work and its relationship with resilience

Strong, supportive teams can help fuel each other’s creative resilience and improve the creative process overall.

You’ll look at vulnerability at work, learning some techniques to build resilience with the help of others. You’ll then create a plan to tackle a common challenge for creatives: giving and receiving feedback. Learn when, where, and how to ask for feedback, while being open to the response. Plus, explore how to give constructive feedback that helps build resilience in others.

Build resilience by identifying your personal purpose

It’s important to know your purpose in your role. There are different ways to figure out your personal purpose within a team and an organisation.

This course will take you through the process of finding your purpose and feeding that into your creative resilience. Once you bring everything together, you’ll have the tools to become more resilient in creative industries.

What topics will you cover?

  • How the creative process impacts individual resilience
  • How to build resilience with the help of others
  • Vulnerability
  • Purpose
  • Feedback

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...

  • Evaluate your resilience level and your common triggers
  • Develop strategies for building resilience in testing situations
  • Explore vulnerability and the relationship between it and resilience
  • Identify your purpose and how to use this in building resilience
  • Identify how your team and others around you fuel your resilience

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone in a creative industry looking to build resilience and find their personal purpose.

You may be interested if you’re a junior creative needing to build a positive creative mindset, or if you’re a manager looking for techniques to better understand your team.

Who will you learn with?

Elvira is a Creative Director, a certified Transformation Coach, and the co-founder of Tales of Tomorrow, a design studio for conscious creativity with an academy for resourceful creatives.

I am an executive coach and also a therapist.

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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