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The Creative Circus offers training and career preparation in Art Direction, Copywriting, Design, Interactive Design, Interactive Development and Photography. This training enables our graduates to be recognized as some of the best-prepared new creatives in the industry. The Creative Circus relies on the expertise, dedication and goodwill of working professionals who teach here to achieve this lofty recognition. Our programs are dedicated to developing each student’s individual abilities to prepare him or her for the competitive work environment that follows graduation.

art direction

Art directors sweat all the details that most don’t think about. They live for craft. It’s not just about making things look pretty – art directors must be strategic and conceptual. Working hand-in-hand with copywriters, art directors will brainstorm big ideas then go to work to bring them to life, whether through print, digital, outdoor, “made you look” non-traditional ideas and everything in between.

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Today’s copywriter needs to be a Jack or Jill of all things creative, and for just about every marketing medium that exists. What can you write that will inspire action? How can you say something unexpected and different? How would you say the above paragraph better? As a copywriter, it’s your job to figure that out. The good news: you have two years of practice ahead of you.

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“This is SO *@!%ing COOL!” is the best reaction a designer can get. It’s proof that the magic worked. What’s the magic all about you ask? It’s called manipulation. Not the manipulation that offends; rather, the kind that drops jaws in amazement. Designers create things by manipulating any media, any dimension or materials necessary. It’s taking a thought and, by using divination, desperation, resourcefulness, perspiration and enchantment, making it real — and with the right magic, really *@!%ing cool.

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Creative Circus photographers bring a lot more to the creative table than their DSLR cameras. To succeed creatively you must seek passionately, measure accurately, engage completely and practice daily. Today’s commercial photographer is actually more producer than shooter. They plan, gather and direct the process of making images, either working alone or with others. At The Circus you can expect to creatively explore your vision, master digital production and work alongside like-minded creatives. You’ll also become well-versed in other important aspects such as capture and file management to enhancement and delivery. All this might sound like a crazy busy two years. The question begs: are you crazy enough?

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interactive development

The Interactive Development program focuses on preparing students for successful careers in the the digital communications industry. The program teaches web programming, strategic thinking, collaboration, design fundamentals, interface development, animation and other skills necessary for a successful career working with interactive media. Students explore creative uses of technology and learn the various processes and workflows required to produce engaging and innovative interactive experiences.

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Summer at The Circus

Summer at The Circus is a partnership between the University of Georgia and The Creative Circus. Students can earn up to 6 hours of upper-level elective credit offered by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations while studying onsite at The Creative Circus in Atlanta. It’s an in depth and specialized crash course in advertising creativity from one of the top portfolio schools in the country.

You’ll be instructed by Creative Circus’ industry pros and UGA’s seasoned faculty & surrounded by other like-minded, aspiring creatives.

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Corporate Training

The Creative Circus offers custom tailored education solutions to enhance skills for working professionals and creative teams. We offer existing classes or we can build a custom curriculum designed around your training needs.

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Getting Started

Candidates must first interview to be accepted to The Creative Circus. We do not accept an application without an admissions interview. This essential first step ensures The Creative Circus is the right school for you. Our admissions staff will work directly with you to answer all of your questions and guide you through the enrollment process.

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