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It’s a course about IDEAS. CREATIVE THINKING & the PROCESSES involved in coming up with great ideas & ultimately good ads.

It’s a course about IDEAS. CREATIVE THINKING & the PROCESSES involved in coming up with great ideas & ultimately good ads.


2017 is the 30th anniversary of a teenage David Droga, founder and creative chairman of renowned agency Droga5, winning Top Student at AWARD School in 1987. To mark the occasion, this year’s AWARD School top student - selected from the winners of all the Schools in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Auckland - will win an amazing opportunity to meet David Droga himself in New York.

2017 Applications now closed.

Register your interest for AWARD School 2018


Once you have submitted your application/portfolio for judging, in each state the decision lies with Creative Directors who review your portfolio and make the final decision as to whether you are successful.  The process usually takes a good three weeks and you will hear from AWARD School either way by Mid-March. Please refrain from contacting AWARD to check on the status of your application.

2017 AWARD School - Start Dates

NSW Monday 3 April
VIC Monday 3 April
QLD Monday 10 April
SA Monday 10 April
WA Tuesday 18 April

If you’re keen to join us for upcoming events and AWARD School 2018, read on for info on what to expect from the course, including interviews with recent grads.

AWARD School AWARD School is a special course run by AWARD for people who want to become copywriters/art directors in the advertising industry - not for those currently working within a creative department of an agency.  It’s simply about helping you recognise good ideas, how to judge them & how to find INSPIRATION from them.

NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. AWARD School students are chosen purely on the merit of their ideas in their application, not what they are currently doing with their lives!

There are no age restrictions or particular tertiary requirements to be eligible for AWARD School.

To be accepted into the course, each person must submit a folio of work based on the brief set by the co-ordinators of AWARD School. This brief changes each year, but usually consists of writing some ads and submitting them in a very basic form - no professional artists required! AWARD School accepts up to 200 students throughout Australia and New Zealand every year and more than 800 students apply.

The 12-week part time course runs from April to July in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart and Auckland, New Zealand.

Each week all students must attend a Monday evening lecture and a weekly evening tutorial session, both commence at 6.30pm. All lecturers are leaders in their field within the advertising industry. They cover topics ranging from idea creation, promo/experiental, television, radio, outdoor, online/viral, creative strategy, integrated media and new thinking.

Tutorials are held at selected advertising agencies. All tutors are professional Art Directors and Copywriters. Each week students are given a brief to work on (there are ten briefs in all) and tutors critique the work accordingly. Most importantly tutors are there to encourage students in the creation of great ideas.



Find out from a few of our past students:
Meet Sydney's 2016 Top Ten

Small expectations, great results

Group Therapy for Creatives

Rising to the top


New South Wales
$2,200.00 (incl. GST)
$2,200.00 (incl. GST)
$1,210.00 (incl. GST)
Western Australia
$1,210.00 (incl. GST)
South Australia
$1,210.00 (incl. GST)

Terms & Conditions

If a student is successful but declines the position for AWARD School, you must notify us within five working days of receiving your notification.

Payment must be made by the nominated date.

Course fees can be paid by credit card and direct debit. A registration form must be supplied when making payment.

If the student withdraws after the course has commenced, there will be no refund of fees.

AWARD School reserves the right to amend or postpone any part of the AWARD School programme.

International Students

International Students must provide proof of either a work visa or a tourism visa. AWARD School will not accept applicants on student visas.

If a student breaches international visa conditions or the rules of the provider and is terminated from the course, No refund will be given.


2017 AWARD School prize sponsors
Esther Clerehan
 & The Sweet Shop