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UGA - Grady - Summer at the Circus
Atlanta, GA, United States; (Outgoing Program )
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Cost of Attendance Sheets Summer (June-July)
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 05/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 06/05/2017 08/04/2017
NOTE: This program is rolling admissions. Students are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Students are strolling encouraged to commit shortly after being issued an acceptance in order to secure your spot on the program. Contact with any questions.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
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:
Program Description:

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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 housing at Emory University if desired.

Accommodation Statement

UGA education abroad programs strive to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.  Areas of disability include, but are not limited to visual, hearing, learning, psychological, medical, and mobility impairments. If you receive disability-related accommodations at UGA or at your home university, or if you anticipate needing accommodations at your overseas site, you will arrange for them with your study abroad program director and the staff in the Disability Resource Center.  Examples of accommodations include note taking assistance, extended test time, a quiet testing location, alternative text/media, and accessible housing. Please provide information about your accommodation needs at least 4 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations. Students are asked to disclose disability-related needs prior to the start of the program to help ensure that there are no delays in accommodations and that the student can enjoy the full study abroad experience.