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Art Direction Online Short Course

Course description

Join this 10-week course and learn about the skills and processes required to work as a Professional Art Director. From the initial generation of ideas through to the successful delivery of an advertising campaign.

To begin with you will learn the fundamental Art Direction skills. This will include the principles of visual communication, semiotics and the significance of analysing trends and campaign case studies. You will continue with an exercise in idea generation and development by making your own concept board. This will form the creative basis, from which you will successfully design and evaluate a campaign.

By undertaking practical exercises you will learn how to create concepts for photo-shoots and TV adverts. With expert advice and guidance from your tutors, you will receive valuable advice about working as a professional Art Director and discuss the ways in which the role changes across a variety of creative industries.

Course outcomes

At the end of the course, you will have learnt the skills and principles of Art Direction and be able to effectively respond a client brief. You will have developed your confidence in generating creative ideas and communicating these visually in a successful, unique and professional manner.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain in easy to understand accessible English, if they use any special terminology we make sure they explain what it is they mean.
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • We even include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done.
  • We also offer a bunch of learning resources for you to access outside of the live lessons. This allows you to ensure you are up to date and you can practice and review the things that are important to you. Practice makes perfect after all!

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live, you won't find any recordings here (well apart from the recording we provide in case you miss a live session)
  • Expect live interaction with your classmates from around the world, our students come from far and wide
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Discuss topics related to your course in real time via your microphone and camera or if you're not feeling brave, in the chat box
  • Miss a class? Thats ok you can catch up in a recording which is available for 2 weeks after your course runs

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are a great addition to your CV

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered

  • Principles of Visual Communication
  • Art Direction in Editorial and Advertising
  • Working as an Art Director: Principles and Practical Exercise
  • Development of Concept and Mood Boards
  • Producing an Integrated Campaign
  • How Text and Images Work Together
  • How to Form a Creative Team
  • The New Frontiers of Art Direction
  • Photoshoot and video production


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Please arrange the following materials for your first lesson:

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Your favourite magazine
  • Laptop, iPad or tablet
Meet the Tutor:

Learn about the skills and processes required to work as a Professional Art Director. From initial generation of ideas through to the successful delivery of an advertising campaign.

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