Creative School

Certificate: CCCSC
  • Creative
Entry / Job ready

Learn how to get a job in a creative department & build your creative portfolio

1 in 3 of IQ Creative School students get a job in a creative department - scroll down to see what our past students have to say!

Duration:  2 nights per week over 10 weeks (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm - 9pm)

About the Course

Coming up with big great ideas is often easier said than done. But what a lot of young creatives don’t realise is that there are helpful processes to speed it all up, delivering quicker, just as effective, results.

Creative School is a 10-week creative advertising course (2 evenings a week) that not only helps develop your skills as a creative, but also puts you inside advertising agencies and in contact with the most senior creatives in the Australian industry. In fact, over a third of our Ad School students start a career in advertising and are employed as a creative within just six months of graduating.

At the end of this Creative School, you’ll know how to get a job in advertising and will leave with a portfolio full of ideas, a substantial basis on creative thinking and creative theory, a phone full of contacts and finally the truth about working in a Creative Department.

Find out more

Learn to:

  • Develop ideas and execute them across multiple mediums - these ideas will form your portfolio
  • Think conceptually and develop creative thinking
  • Establish industry contacts who can potentially help you land score a job
  • Present and sell your ideas to both suits and clients
  • The creative employment requirements
  • What it takes to become a creative, become a copywriter or become an art director
  • How to get into advertising and how to build your creative portfolio

 

In-Class Course Covers:

Creative school runs two nights a week over ten weeks.

One night a week you’ll attend a creative theory lecture where there’s a focus on learning the nuts and bolts of effective targeted marketing, plus case studies on the latest award-winning campaigns. Regular guest lectures from within the industry cover big ideas, the creative brief, presenting ideas and more.

The second night is more hands-on. You’ll divide into smaller groups and attend tutorials with an art director and copywriter in an ad agency. Regular briefs and activities will also be given for you to exercise your creative thinking. This work will be assessed by a group of leading Creative Directors which has the potential to earn you an award or two during the course.

At the end of Creative School, you’ll be armed with a portfolio filled with your own work, and a list of senior creatives who know you by name. You will have the basis to start a career in advertising.

 

Assessment:

Students are required to submit seven or eight different briefs during the course, with feedback provided by Creative Directors. At the end of the course, your portfolio is assessed by a panel of industry leaders. Awards and industry exposure are given for Best Copywriter, Best Art Director and Best Overall Student.

 

Hear what our past students say about this course

Lachlan Renwick, Graphic Designer, Hotondo Homes"My mentors continuously pushed me to think outside the box and think of different avenues to delivering a brief. This amazing experience has allowed me to reach a whole new level as a designer and allows me to challenge myself."

 

Alexandra Gedye, Copywriter/Creative, Bastion Brands"The course gave me access to some fantastic contacts in Melbourne's leading agencies. Every lecturer and tutor I've met been so enthusiastic about us doing well - not just in the course, but in the industry. It's been a really confidence-inspiring, enjoyable experience and I'd recommend it to anyone."

 

Simon Dalla Pozza"I'm an Art Director at OgilvyOne. I got this job as a direct result from doing Creative School."

Q: Why did you choose Creative School (and not other creative classes on the market)?
A: I was recommended Creative School by creatives that did the course.

Q: What’s your current role and did Creative School helped in that in any shape or form?
A: I'm an Art Director at OgilvyOne. I got this job as a direct result from doing Creative School.

 

Jane Le - "I'm currently a copywriter at OgilvyOne under Rob Morrison, a gig I got through winning Creative School. I was able to keep in contact with Rob afterwards, and so when a position opened up for a copywriter at Ogilvy, he sent me a message."

Q: Why did you choose Creative School (and not other creative classes on the market)?
A: The main draw of Creative School for me was the calibre of the creative directors and senior creatives involved – I knew they'd be able to give me great insight into how the creative department at an agency worked, and they'd be great connections and mentors to have moving forward.

Q: What’s your current role and did Creative School helped in that in any shape or form?
A: I'm currently a copywriter at OgilvyOne under Rob Morrison, a gig I got through winning Creative School. I was able to keep in contact with Rob afterwards, and so when a position opened up for a copywriter at Ogilvy, he sent me a message."

 

Lewis Aramayo - "I'm a Copywriter at OgilvyOne. I landed this job after earning an award in Creative School and staying in contact with the right people."

Q: Why did you choose Creative School (and not other creative classes on the market)?
A: I was recommended ADMA Creative School by a past student of the course. She’s now a copywriter at one of Sydney’s top agencies.  Hearing about the experience she gained and the list of contacts she built along the way was enough to convince me.

Q: What’s your current role and did Creative School helped in that in any shape or form?
A: I'm a Copywriter at OgilvyOne. Creative School put me in contact with important people in the industry and gave me the opportunity to showcase the kind of work I can produce. It’s directly responsible for the job I have now.

 

Simon Chan - "I am currently a studio artist at DDB Sydney; as I already worked in advertising prior to the course, my interest in Creative School was to understand more about the process that is at the heart of our industry, and to have the confidence and understanding to contribute with a creative way of thinking."

Q: Why did you choose Creative School (and not other creative classes on the market)?
A: Creative School stood out to me with its focus on practical industry experience and the chance to leap straight into the creative agency process, learning directly from potential employers. The quality of the portfolios some ex-students had been kind enough to share online was high, which along with the success rate of the school (1/3 placements in 6 months of completion) testified to the credibility of the course. To be completely honest, the accessibility of the course (no entry test) was also a factor, as I was not completely confident in my ability to dive successfully into the creative environment and swim; however, within a few lessons I was both thriving on the challenge and felt well equipped and supported to tackle the briefs.

Q: What’s your current role and did Creative School helped in that in any shape or form?
A: I am currently a studio artist at DDB Sydney; as I already worked in advertising prior to the course, my interest in Creative School was to understand more about the process that is at the heart of our industry, and to have the confidence and understanding to contribute with a creative way of thinking. Coming from a visual communications background, I also wanted to challenge myself with a copywriting focus with the intention of diversifying my skill set, which paid off in my commendation at the end. As such, although my role is in the production end of the creative process, my experience from the course greatly assisted my understanding of the journey a brief takes from start to finish, and revealed the opportunity that exists for creative input at all levels. While I have not yet parlayed my course experience into a creative department role, this is not a reflection of the course but rather that I have not yet sought one out; should I choose that direction in future, I feel well equipped to do so confidently.


Who should do this course?

This course is for those who want to join the creative advertising industry.

 

Locations

This course is available in Sydney and Melbourne and is held on-site at leading agencies.

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$1,150.00
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$1,550.00

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