The Young Creative Academy

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Talent

Every year, Spikes Asia offers 15 students from the Asia Pacific region an exclusive learning opportunity at the Young Creative Academy. The Academy’s three day programme is tailored to the specific needs of students pursuing a career in creativity under the age of 23, and includes bespoke tutorials from industry figures alongside access to relevant seminars from the main Festival programme.

A Dedicated Programme

The Young Creative Academy students have the unique opportunity to enjoy:

  • Special guest lectures from world-class speakers, specially designed for the Academy students
  • Seminars and workshops held during Spikes Asia
  • Access to exhibitions of the most innovative ideas from the region and beyond

The Young Creative Academy is organized in association with Cheil Worldwide.

The Course Mentor – Noor Azhar

Having practiced advertising as an art director at CreAds Advertising and Batey Ads (where he also interned in his school days), Noor Azhar went on to set up a boutique agency “Just Media” heading its creative department. He has worked with brands at many levels, but he finds working with local and inspiring brands seeking to find that brand voice in the cluttered market most challenging and fulfilling. His job as a creative person has brought him to service accounts from New York to the Maldives

Now a Senior Lecturer at the Singapore Polytechnic Design School tutoring to students studying for the Diploma in Visual Communication and Media design, Azhar specializes in advertising and brand communication, and also heads the school’s Strategic Marketing team.

Azhar has served as Academy Tutor at the CheilWorldwide’s Spikes Academy at Spikes Asia since 2009. He has also been featured at the Cannes Lion’s Young Lions Creative Academy supporting its Academy Dean, Bob Isherwood as Assistant Tutor since 2012.

Sri Lanka’s Creative Academy Students
Year Name Institute
2015 Umme Salama Shabar Hussain

Lahesh Kavinda Samarapperuma
Raffles Design Instutute

University of Moratuwa
2013 Sahil Gunesekere Academy of Design
2012 Pubudini Wellage University of Moratuwa
2011 Shanika Perera Academy of Design
2011 Pathum Vishvakarma Academy of Design