BBC Academy and Creative Skillset "Creative Pop Up” Workshops for Freelancers

BBC Academy and Creative Skillset are delivering a one day Creative Pop Up workshop for freelancers to assist them in developing and pitching ideas. The workshop will run in London on 10 Nov and in Salford on 26 Nov.

The “Creative Pop Ups” provide both the tools to generate new ideas and an understanding of how to ensure the very best ideas get to market, through maximising creative leadership, harnessing the creative styles of teams and setting the right environment for creativity and innovation to flourish. The morning session gets under the bonnet of creativity, unleashing tried and tested techniques to allow creatives to play with new ideas and concepts. The afternoon will work on the outcomes from the morning and offer delegates ways to develop the focus of their ideas in combination with new creative leadership skills to influence, persuade and inspire others.

The "Creative Pop-ups" are designed to share the original material developed at the BBC within the wider creative community. The project supports and develops a new and diverse network of emerging talent in the UK and provides the opportunity for delegates to make new connections.

The outcomes of the workshop are:

  • Understand creative theory and how it can help you to produce the best ideas.
  • Gain practice in perfecting your pitch.
  • Develop a creative roadmap to make your idea reality Learn skills to inspire, motivate and influence others to believe in your ideas.
  • Become part of the BBC’s internal and external creative network.

Course dates/time


Enrolment Deadline

Available Seats


10th Nov 2014 09:30
10th Nov 2014 17:30

Fab Lab, London

9th Nov 2014 17:00


20.00 GBP

26th Nov 2014 09:30
26th Nov 2014 17:30

The Lowry, Salford, Manchester

25th Nov 2014 17:00


20.00 GBP

Who it's for

This course is part of a Creative Skillset funded initiative for freelancers who are interested in working in television. Click here for further details.

The course provides practical skills to know how and when to find, refine, pitch or ditch ideas.

The "Creative Pop Ups" are designed for teams or individuals working on ambitious creative projects that are bringing freelancers together.

Pre-course notes

Please outline in a paragraph a creative project you are currently working on. Please give details of the stage you are at with the project along with areas you may be looking for help with during the Creative Pop Up. Please send in along with your application. You are required to enrol on to the module 'Freelancer Initiative'. This module will take you to the page that has information on how to apply. This also initiates the application process.

Brief Description

The “Creative Pop Ups” offer ways to develop ideas and projects in order to give them the best chance of actually happening in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Based on original content developed by the BBC’s Creative Leadership Programme the material brings together creative tools and techniques with insights into leadership skills.

This is not a pitching opportunity but a chance to work on ideas, projects or proposals and get them ‘pitch ready’.

The "Creative Pop Ups" are designed to support the ideas of a new, diverse UK talent base which will go on to be the next generation of technology and format developers, writers, artists and producers.

A large proportion of the BBC has benefited from the programme yet many within the indie and freelance community have been unable to attend due to cost.

The organisers are delivering nine one-day "Creative Pop Ups" for production companies, individuals and organisations working in the fields of art, theatre, technology and media across the UK.

Each "Creative Pop Up" will take 10-15 people at a time though creative tools, techniques to inspire and motivate teams and ways to influence others that your ideas are the best!

The organisers anticipate high demand for places on this course. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis subject to meeting the course pre-requisites.

Pre-requisitesFreelancer Initiative

To enrol or register your interest click here

Cancellation Policy

Here is the number of days before the course start date and the percentage of refund you will receive if you cancel: 1 to 14 days = 0% refunded; 15 to 28 days = 50% refunded; 29 or more days = 100% refunded.

Distance Selling Regulations

Individuals paying for their own training with the BBC Academy are subject to the Distance Selling Regulations law which means that individuals are entitled to a 15 day cooling off period, during which they are required to be able to cancel any course bookings they have made without incurring any charge.

This only applies to individuals paying for their own courses and not where a course has been paid for by a company.


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