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Creative Advertising

Master of Creative Advertising / Master of Creative Advertising Advanced

  • Length:
    Full-time: 4 Trimesters (Standard) / 2 years (Advanced) ; Part-time: N/A
  • Qualification:
    CRICOS: 095354K – MCA Standard | 095355J – MCA Advanced
  • Intake Date(s):
    September 18th, 2017
    February 19th, 2018
    June 4th, 2018
    February 25th, 2019

Course Overview

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International Students Language Criteria:
Equivalent IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no skills, band less than 6.0 (or equivalent TOEFL, CAE or PTE)

Explore creative thinking, copywriting, art direction, and concept development with us, and within 12 months you will be an advertising creative.

Our Creative Advertising course differs from other advertising programs because we run it like a full-time creative department within an agency. Students learn by doing, and doing it at a challenging pace.

It’s full day, five-day week, year-long heady rush of a course with brief after brief; competition after competition; and constant feedback from a full-time tutor who has worked as an advertising creative - as well as a constant stream of industry mentors and guests. 

It’s a course in which you’ll learn how to be brave and fearless about ideas. You’ll learn copywriting and art direction by actively working in teams and you’ll be working to tight deadlines by responding to real briefs from agencies, mentors, and clients.  You’ll learn by benchmarking your ideas against students worldwide and nationally by entering your work into international and Australian competitions. Better yet, you’ll learn about effective messaging in all mediums from online posts to physical posters; from newspapers and magazines both online and real; from scripted radio to unscripted radio; from video on a TV to video on your mobile; and mediums that don’t even look like advertising mediums such as activations and useful products and services that can change people, places and communities for the better.

This program is based on a successful formula that has seen Media Design School’s original Creative Advertising program in Auckland, New Zealand enjoy a high degree of success in competitions over the years. The AdSchool, as it is informally known, was ranked in the top five most creative AdSchools in the world by Young Guns International and second in the world for Social Media by the Bees Awards in San Francisco. In 2016, it also won every national student competition for ad creatives, and won the only two non-professional awards for innovation at the AdStars International Festival of Creativity.

This program has been designed collaboratively between Torrens University Australia and the Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand.

Careers & Industry

The Creative Advertising program prepares students for entry level into the creative departments of advertising agencies by arming them with the core skills of creative problem solving as well as how to talk about ideas to others in a concise and compelling manner; both of which are lifelong skills infinitely transferable across any number of disciplines, particularly those associated with commercial creativity.

Places are limited, so this sought after qualification is aimed at determined people who yearn to have a career doing something creative. They should be playful, curious people who enjoy thinking about things in a different way. Creative Advertising graduates have gone on to work as art directors, copywriters, and creative directors. Graduates may also work in:

  • Ad Agency creative department
  • TV/radio stations, creative/promo departments, corporate in-house promotions/marketing department, Design consultancies/studios, Public Relations companies, and publishing.
  • Direct marketing/promotional companies
  • Freelance practice (usually after a few years of establishment in the agency scene)
"It's pretty amazing really. Kate runs a course that is the envy of other courses around the world. Every year I am impressed by her latest graduates and every year I almost always end up hiring a bunch of them. Media Design School is as big an institution today as the advertising agencies it supplies. That's testament to Kate and David Bell and all the talented folk in our industry who give up their time to teach there."
Toby Talbot , Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi NZ and formerly Chief Creative Officer - DDB SYDNEY

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