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The infamous creative course 
for competitive,
fearless thinkers in the North.

School Of Thought

About School Of Thought

School Of Thought is an intensive 12-week training programme for those who want to flex their creative muscles by learning how to develop and pitch big ideas. It's not just a course... it's a competition. In the end, there will be one winner who will win a trip to Cannes Lions - a career changing trip worth thousands of pounds.

School Of Thought is industry run and supported, with sessions hosted by the hottest agencies in the North.

It’s open to absolutely anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes. Previous participants range from hungry grads to creative pros and frustrated call centre operators.

School of Thought started in January 2016 and has completed 14 programmes so far across Manchester and Leeds, with 166 participants.

The creative development programme for...

 Designers     Copywriters   Art directors   Planners  Content creators    Digital creatives  or anyone interested in cracking big ideas.

How it works

School Of Thought is hosted by some of the best agencies around. Over the 12-weeks participants are exposed to a range of specialisms, approaches and ways of thinking. Topics include TV, radio, digital, social, press, outdoor and more.


Every Monday participants meet a different host agency via Zoom to hear a talk and leave with a brief. They return to the agency in-person on Thursday to pitch their response to the brief. 

School Of Thought is about ideas, ideas, ideas. Craft and execution count for nothing.

It's a pressure cooker of creativity. Students learn how to develop big ideas quickly and pitch them confidently.

At the end of the 12-weeks the person with the best ideas wins.

School Of Thought is not-for-profit. It is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and host agencies.

Sponsors & hosts

Leeds Headline Sponsor

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Manchester Headline Sponsor
Zeal Creative

Previous host agencies

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