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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.



AWARD School, established in 1983, is a special course run by AWARD for people who want to become copywriters/art directors in the advertising industry. 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 every year and more than 500 students apply.


Applications Open Online Friday 9 February 2018, 10am
Applications Close Friday 23 February 2018, 4pm
AWARD School (NSW / VIC) 9 April 2018 until 9 July 2018
AWARD School (QLD / WA / SA) 16 April 2018 until 12 July 2018
Graduation Night 26 July 2018

Did you miss this year's intake?

Don't worry, sign up now to improve your luck in 2019 and attend the AWARD School Application Workshop, SYD & MEL, HERE


The 12-week part time AWARD School course runs from April to July in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

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/experiential, 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.

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.


Find out from a few of our past students:
Meet Australia's Top Five

AWARD School Diaries

Top Student Portfolios

“Getting tutored and hearing lectures by the best creative thinkers in Australia is hands down the best learnings any future creative could need.”  Kristin Burnshaw

“Being an advertising creative is 90% rejection, 9% compromise and 1% after-work drinks. Experience all three in the most rewarding way possible at AWARD School." Wilko

“As cheesy as it sounds, it really does change your life.” Cindy Erlina

“AWARD School was an amazing opportunity to gain insight into the industry and learn from top professionals.”




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.

AWARD School encourages students who are currently employed by advertising agencies to apply. However, AWARD School is primarily for aspiring art directors/copywriters and students should not have been working in an agency creative department in that capacity for more than 12 months.

AWARD School students must submit original work they have independently produced. 

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.