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Program Category: UGA Domestic Sponsor: Creative Circus
Type of Instruction: Experiential Classes With: International Students, Local Students, U.S. Students, UGA Students
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s) Housing Location: Off-Campus
Housing Type: Own Arrangements Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
College/School: Grady Academic Area: Advertising, Art, Art Education, Consumer Journalism, Design, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Journalism and Mass Communication, Landscape Architecture, Marketing, Marketing Research, Mass Communication, Mass Media Arts, Public Relations, Studio Art
Participant Selection: Not competitive Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above
Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students Type of Admission: By deadline or until program fills
Open to non-UGA students: Yes
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Summer at the Circus

Imagination. Industry smarts. Design savvy. Those are just a few of the skills you'll need to find a career in the advertising field. Highly competitive? You bet, but thee's no better way to sharpen your creative chops than spending your summer at the Creative Circus.

Summer at the Circus is a partnership between the University of Georgia and The Creative Circus. Students can earn up to six hours of upper-level elective credit offered by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations while studying on-site 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 and surrounded by other like-minded, aspiring creatives.

Program Location

The Creative Circus
812 Lambert Drive
Atlanta, GA 30324


Academic Program

The Summer at The Circus program is split into two sections for a total of eight weeks. Students attend classes five days a week for the entire session.

Session 1: Advanced Creative Explorations
Weeks 1 & 2:
Idea Development & Creative Teams taught by Dan Balser

Learn what it’s like to think like a writer. Tell the brand story and leave them wanting more. One part strategy, two parts creative thinking, it’s a small glance at the life of an agency copywriter.

Art Direction for Everyone taught by Kristin Martin
Discover the exhilarating world of art direction. Learn what goes into the most compelling compositions and see what it’s like to walk in the shoes of an agency art director.

Weeks 3 & 4:
Using Creative Suite Effectively taught by Roger Sawhill & Andrew Hamilton
See what it’s like to bring ideas to life. Tackle everything from infographics, to web design, package design, print and digital magazines using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

Creative Strategy and the Selling of Creative Ideas taught by David Haan
Master the art of establishing credibility and selling yourself. Learn how to discuss strategic messaging and articulately convey campaign concepts, comfortably addressing your design and copy choices.

Session 2: Advanced Creative Applications
Weeks 5 & 6:
Dipping Your Toe in Type taught by Ron Moore
Your introduction to the vast, rich world of typography. Discover fonts as a tone of voice to amplify and enhance your messaging. Learn why type is important, be able to choose wisely and communicate with it.

Photo and Video Basics for Marketing Communications taught by Greg Strelecki
Creatively explore brand direction and vision through the camera lens. Become well-versed in important aspects such as lighting, framing and visual storytelling. Learn how to shoot compelling and engaging images.

Weeks 7 & 8:
Board Games - Applied Creativity taught by Colleen Finn
Embrace the team challenge of creating a comprehensive board game. Use laser-guided focus to apply typography, hierarchy and color harmony. Employ your new skills to create the next American pastime.

Deathmatch: Concepting to Win taught by Norm Grey
Get a taste of what life is like in our ‘idea-based’ industry. Engage in time-sensitive concepting exercises and work productively in a team setting, learning to problem solve with optimum efficiency.


The majority of program participants can opt to make individual arrangements to reside in the local Atlanta community and commute daily. However, students enrolled at Summer at the Circus will have access to book housing at Emory University if desired at an extra expense.

This program is currently not accepting applications.