What kind of Creative Director will you be?

Our 10-week online program will help you become the Creative Director you're meant to be.
Starts January 5, 2023.

*Industry experience required.*

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Space is limited! We only accept 25 students each quarter.

It's completely changed my approach to work!

“When I was first in school, it was all about creative training. But nobody prepared me for the workforce. How to move up. Now, with M.AD, I’m learning from incredible leaders. Not just the teachers, but the other participants. I’m with people who are at that same stage in their career. We come together, talk, collaborate. We’re a tight group. It’s so great to have those regular check-ins with like-minded people.”

Brittany Petish, Senior Art Director

Who is this program for?

Senior Art Directors.
Senior Copywriters.
GCDs, ACDs and new CDs.

In other words, any working creative with experience who wants to improve their business and leadership skills.

What you should know about being a creative director (but nobody tells you).

1. It’s not just about great creative.

Surely you have a brilliant creative mind. Leading a creative team is about more. As a director, you’ll navigate politics, relationships, business demands, and more. You must inspire, nudge, and lead your team into crafting the brilliant work they’re capable of. And most importantly, you must protect creative people and their ideas.

In this program, you’ll learn to be a well-rounded creative director, in part by learning directly from those who’ve gone before.

2. Collaboration is not compromise.

A creative director works with their team, other departments, and with project stakeholders to maximize outcomes. Here, you’ll learn how industry experts manage their own a-list teams, and how to ensure that every voice in the room is heard. Crucially, you’ll come to understand that collaboration is more than compromise—it’s an art form that demands we listen deeply and encourage those around us. Only then can we produce work that makes the entire team truly proud.

3. It pays to learn from others’ mistakes.

In this program, you’ll hear and learn directly  from experienced directors who’ve been there before. They’ve had the huge successes you aim for…and survived the mistakes you’ll aim to avoid. In these 10 weeks, you’ll have the chance to soak up that wisdom and, with luck, use it to advance your own career.

Your Lead Coach is Helayne Spivak

Former CCO and Executive Director of VCU Brandcenter

Helayne is a ground-breaking, award-winning copywriter who served as Chief Creative Officer of JWT, NY and Y+R, NY and was the first of 2 women named to their all-male Board of Directors. She went on to join Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness as Chief Creative Officer and later stepped down to become Director of VCU Brandcenter, a Master’s Program in Advertising and Marketing.

She then took her passion for mentoring creative talent and joined the Co-Active Training Institute to become a Certified Career/Life Coach.

The Creative Direction Curriculum

What (and how) you’ll be learning.

This 10-week online course gives you the skills and case studies you need to lead creative teams of all sizes.

Classes are every Thursday from 6-9 PM EST.

*Note: final list of classes is subject to change*

  • Class 1: Expectations & Needs

    Director/Mentor Helayne Spivak will review the program with the group and lead you through exercises to help you set goals and identify your individual core value.
  • Class 2: CCO or ECD

    Here you will get expert guidance on how to go from a creator of work
    to a director and mentor of creative talent.

  • Class 3: CCO or ECD

    Things you need to know when you go from creator to administrator of a
    department and Creative Leader.

  • Class 4: Client

    What makes for a great Creative/Client relationship to create an atmosphere in which great work gets recognized and bought.

  • Class 5: Planning Leader

    Planners can/should be your best ally and champion for great work. How
    to establish a relationship of trust and mutual respect.

  • Class 6: Account Director

    Great Account Directors are a CD’s dream partner. How it works and
    how together you can be a creative force with your client.

  • Class 7: CFO or COO

    How does an agency work? The importance of time management,
    budgets, billing, and all you need to be aware of to make a profit.

  • Class 8: HR

    How to deal with people. Hiring, firing, negotiating, reviews, and workplace dos and don’ts

  • Class 9: The Diverse Inclusive Workplace

    Expert in the field of Diversity and Inclusion and the Program Director will lead a Q&A about the changing workplace and how it enriches the creative experience.

  • Class 10: Director End Session

    A review of what’s been learned. Feedback from all in class. Short program survey and a final Class Networking opportunity.

Your Teachers Are Industry Insiders

Each and every one of your instructors has experienced the reality of leading—whether at major agencies, global brands, or (often) both.

They’ll give you insights, tools, and the benefit of their experiences to help you become the leader you’re meant to be.

Our Next Cohort is Starting Soon

Program starts January 5.

Tuition & Logistics

Tuition cost is $2,850 USD.

Classes run each Thursday for 10 weeks, beginning October 6, 2022.

Students graduate with a M.AD Creative Direction Online Certificate they can add to their LinkedIn profile.

Have A Question? Reach Out.

Book a call with lead coach, Helayne Spivak, to find out if this program is right for you.

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We’ve quietly built the world’s most influential creative network. It’s time for you to tap in. 

Each week we collect the most important creative content around the world, and share it straight to your email for free.

Ready for a new career? Apply by November 25.

Get the training you need to be a creative leader. 

Learn from the best. Develop your skills. Become who you’re meant to be.

Schedule a Call

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