Our mission is to help you discover
your creative problem solving potential. Ideas above all else.
Ideas are the currency of your career. Whether you’re looking to build your advertising or design portfolio,
a young entrepreneur trying to think of the next big start-up idea or an agent of social change, we’ll help you discover your creative problem solving potential. 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.
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.