Professional Development Diploma In Art Direction and Copywriting

West Herts College
  • Price on application
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  • Diploma
  • Hertfordshire

This course is intensive, fun, and professional!

During this course you will be trained in the ability to devise campaign strategies which will sell products and services in a fresh and interesting way. You will be expected to execute them in the appropriate media by rendering concepts. The main aim of the course is for each student to develop a portfolio of creative work.

Copywriters and art directors work together as creative teams throughout the course. You will be working alongside tutors who have extensive knowledge of the advertising industry and have worked in leading London agencies. They are all still actively involved in the business and their up-to-date contacts provide good liaison between the course and the job market.
This course is widely recognised by the advertising profession and is a strong stepping stone to jobs within this industry. Copywriters are expected to have a minimum of two A levels. Art directors should have an HND or degree in graphic design or a related subject. We welcome applications from people without traditional qualifications however you will be expected to undertake a Creative Entry Test and show exceptional creative abilities at interview. The course was established in 1961 in order to teach students the discipline of advertising writing. In 1988 an art direction stream was developed and we now successfully combine art directors with copywriters to provide formidable creative partnerships for the industry.

It is not surprising that many creative directors recommend Watford to would-be creatives. They know that the course provides an excellent training ground and it has helped launch literally hundreds of advertising careers. Indeed, one advertising journal referred to the college as ‘The Oxbridge of Advertising’. The course is internationally renowned and applications are received from students all over the world.

Built around the demands of the job, the course parallels the working practices of an advertising agency. Students are given a wide range of creative briefs which enables them to develop good communications skills across a broad range of media. The emphasis is on conceptual thinking whereby students devise imaginative advertising ideas. Also, much attention is given to the craft skills (copywriting and art directing). Creative teams often work on a broad spectrum of products covering all media. At any one time they could be working on a television commercial for a chocolate bar, a press campaign for a brand of mouthwash and a poster campaign for a charity.

Advertising is not all glamour and long lunches, as it may appear from the outside. Campaigns are usually the result of weeks of hard work.
The course has a good working relationship with top London agencies. Several successful creative teams set briefs during the year and visit the college to comment on student work. This course opens up a host of career opportunities within the advertising, communications and art direction industries. To find out more visit the National Careers Service.

West Herts College

West Herts College,

Watford Campus,

Hempstead Road,


WD17 3EZ,

Tel: 01923 812345