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    What is the TICE Programme?

    Since 2008, the TICE Programme has become one of the north east’s most successful creative programmes for young people from Year 9 onwards. The winner of the Design Skills award at the National Creative & Cultural Skills Awards, we have a proven track record of providing young people with hands-on careers progression, opportunities, skills development and guidance that specialises in the creative and digital sectors.

    Designed to provide young people with the information, tools and networks they need to make informed decisions about their future, The TICE programme is the first step in providing an industry-led overview of the commercial creative, design and digital industries.


    Despite the pandemic, the TICE programme will continue to engage young people in exciting, trend-driven and industry-led experiences - The TICE programme in a digital format.

    Introducing for this academic year, easily accessible, flexible online projects delivered in easy progressional stages, facilitated by creative professionals and supported by industry and further and higher educational institutions.

    Evidently, there are a lot of changes this year, but we do have incredibly exciting solutions for young people to continue to engage in the creative, design and digital sectors. Feel free to discuss your requirements with us, this could be meeting Career Guidance Benchmarks, to areas of creative industry you would like us to cover also what creative disciplines you would like to experience.



    The TICE Programme is aimed at Year 9 and above. A recruitment video (live or pre-recorded) will be available to present the opportunity to either a whole year group or a pre-selected group of your choosing.

    Once the students and the creative areas have been selected and application process will register each student onto the programme.


    Each project has been co-written by TICE mentors and industry sponsors. We have a vast network of supporters internationally who provide insight, knowledge and awareness to create exciting, creative industry-relevant content for young people to delve into and explore. This is in the form of interviews, skills development workshops, behind-the-scenes footage and much more.


    In addition to industry engagement, TICE works alongside further and higher educational professionals gaining access and insight to courses, programmes and academic progression. Our projects include interviews and guidance given from tutors, lecturers, current students and recent graduates giving further advice on creative subjects and niche expertise.

    Explore our Creative Areas

    The rapid growth and the speed of technological change can make it difficult to keep up with the fast pace of the creative, design and digital sectors. Each TICE mentor works alongside industry leaders to gain an understanding of key developments and to recognise emerging skills shortages.

    Both our programmes and workshops reflect the developing needs of industry and, in terms of sector awareness and employable skills, we keep abreast of changing trends. Each of our creative areas taps into trend-driven and innovative provision to support and develop the career decisions of the young people we work with.


    Exploring avenues of trends, design, illustration, CAD, photography, marketing, technology and communication.


    Exploring avenues of travel, events, action, sports, landscape, fashion, wildlife, portrait, product, art, interiors and architectural.


    Exploring avenues of branding, multimedia design, logo design, marketing, advertising, product design, motion graphics, publication design, web design.


    Design for integration in published media; exploring traditional and modern techniques of illustration from pencil to lithography, mixed painting techniques to digital illustration software.


    Exploring avenues of journalism, short stories, copy writing, marketing, editorial, screenwriting and communication.


    Exploring avenues of song writing, technology, composition, live performance, production and music business.

    & CRAFT

    A creative exploration of processes such as dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, and papermaking focusing on home interiors and crafts.


    Exploring the making of short films, animated gifs, moving image for video games, motion graphics and special effects.

    “I would say to someone considering to do TICE next year, that they should definitely do it because it’s a great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can really help with their future and show people evidence of their amazing skills that they will gain throughout TICE that will help in your project choice industry as well as in day-to-day life, such as confidence and creativity. You get to meet so many new people that share the same interest and passion as you in the same projects which leads to new friendships and improves teamwork skills a lot, even if you aren’t too keen on working with others or with people you don’t know. I found TICE very helpful and enjoyable and it is one of the best experiences in my life.

    Katherine, Year 9 Student

    TICE Programme, Animation, Churchill Community College

    How much does it cost?

    The TICE Programme is a fixed cost of £800 per creative area per school. This includes the recruitment process, a selection of projects, mentor support, post-production and a workshop directed towards the creative areas chosen (*depending on location and pandemic circumstances this could be in person or pre-recorded).

    How many students does it include?

    Each creative area begins with an average of 15 students. The recruitment process can be a full year group assembly whereby students can apply for the opportunity. Alternatively, you may want to self-select the students based on the creative disciplines your school has chosen to experience.

    Is the programme available in our area?

    Yes, the online projects are available to all areas in the UK however there will be additional cost for workshops outside of the North East region.

    What can the TICE programme support your school with?