International student Andres Alonso wins Best of Show at the Austin Addys with his idea to promote racial harmony.
We're making connections across the globe with our Nigerian scholarship student, Oluwatosin Egbeola.
Our mission is to help you achieve your goals through creative problem solving.
Ideas are the currency of your career. Whether you’re an aspiring advertising or design creative, an entrepreneur building a business, or an agent of social change, we’ll help you discover your creative problem solving potential so you can apply those skills to your professional goals. Assignments centered around marketing, design and social problems are at the core of our curriculum, and you’ll learn to challenge the status quo with disruptive solutions. Ideas above all else.
We are the first and only program of its kind in Austin.
We were founded in 2011 as a new model of higher education: a learning process that’s as close as you can get to on-the-job training, where courses are taught by senior-level working professionals, not by tenured professors. In lieu of the traditional classroom, courses are held at actual agencies and studios. Real-world assignments from actual clients are a part of the curriculum, and students pitch their creative ideas to the client. Winning concepts can ultimately get produced, and the winning student(s) can get paid an actual professional fee.*
With the costs of higher education becoming unattainable for many people, we offer an alternative for
those who may not have the time or means to go to a traditional art/design school. Our program consists
of specialized course offerings where students can enroll per course without having to commit to an entire year’s worth of tuition.
Guest speakers ranging from designers, writers, art directors, digital developers, producers, strategic planners, photographers, filmmakers and others offer students a well-rounded and firsthand insight
into all the disciplines within advertising/design.
Our student population ranges from current and past four-year college students looking to further refine their portfolios to professionals looking for a career change/enhancement.
* Real client assignments are not offered in every course.
Just a few of the companies where our former students have landed jobs:
We believe in giving back.
We are committed to shepherding more diversity into the fields of advertising and design. Each year, we will offer one full-tuition scholarship (to any and all courses) to a student of diversity who shows financial need, talent and an exceptional drive. It’s our way of not just helping someone create great work, but helping them make a difference in their life.
If you or someone you know deserves scholarship consideration, please contact us for an interview.
Elizabeth Perez was our first scholarship recipient. She came to us with a lot of heart and self-taught illustration talent, but not much opportunity. A year and a half and four courses later, Elizabeth started getting multiple job offers from great companies, and she ultimately accepted an art director job at
Leo Burnett, Chicago.
"People come into our lives for
a reason, but only a few show you all your potential to accomplish so much more than you imagined. Will Chau has changed so much of not just my life, but of my family’s as well. He gave me a chance that
nobody was willing to give."
Leo Burnett, Chicago
While online, Tosin Egbeola came across Will Chau on an advertising panel discussion. Tosin reached out
to Will, and a few emails and chats later, Tosin became ACD’s newest scholarship student. Tosin dreams
of one day starting his own ad agency in his town of Lagos in Nigeria. And it’s our dream to get him there,
all the way from Austin. Below is a video that Tosin created about his story.