Choose a topic below to see a comprehensive list of questions you may have about joining the most awarded ad school in the world.


Choose a topic below to see a comprehensive list of questions you may have about joining the most awarded ad school in the world.

General Questions

  • How much experience do I need before joining SCA?

    You don’t need to be experienced in advertising before going into SCA 2.0, and we don’t have a grade minimum requirement for you to enroll.

    What we want to see from potential students is their drive and creativity! We’d like to know about what you’ve been up to, what inspires you and what you would like to achieve. If you do have a portfolio of work that displays your creative history, great! But don’t be discouraged from enquiring if you don’t have a book full of examples as we want to know about you and your passion first and foremost.

  • What age do I have to be to join SCA?

    We’ve designed the course for students over 18 as it’s the equivalent to a degree.

    There’s no upper age limit as we’re interested in your creative potential, not the numbers on your birth certificate! Our current student age ranges from 19 - 47 years.

  • What kind of qualification will I receive?

    At SCA we don’t offer qualifications at the end of our courses, instead our students will leave with an excellent portfolio of work and a well established network of industry peers and mentors, many of whom are looking to hire great talent. London Portfolio students will be given the opportunity to showcase their hard work at our Portfolio Day and will be supported on a 6-month placement.

  • When is the deadline to apply?

    We are currently recruiting for our April 2021 and September 2021 cohorts, for both the London Portfolio School and Online Ad School. We interview candidates throughout the year and, depending on availability can add you to a course up to a month before it starts. We do recommend starting the process early to avoid disappointment.

  • Selection Day & Enrolling

    The first step of the application process is to book a 15-minute call. On the call you can discuss your talents and career aspirations. We will also answer any questions you have about the school, the unique learning experience and the success of past alumni within their chosen fields. If it is a good fit you will be invited back to deliver a 4-minute presentation to students and teachers. Your presentation can take any form you like, so long as it can be delivered online. You could share a video, talk to us live, show some presentation slides or blow us away with some ventriloquism.

    After the presentation, you’ll meet the current intake of students, then you’ll be set a couple of fun tasks so we can find out more about how you think and work with others. At the end of the day you’ll have the chance to ask the students anything you like about the course (without the staff in the room, if you’d prefer!) so you can get an absolutely honest view of what the course is like, and have any questions you have honestly answered.

  • What does a merit-based SCA scholarship pay for?

    A merit-based SCA scholarship pays for all of your tuition fees for the years, but not for your living costs and expenses. Scholarships are available for both the London Portfolio School and Online Ad School. If you are interested in joining SCA and would like to explore the options available, please ask us about it on your first call with us.

  • Art Director or Copywriter, I don’t know! How do I choose?

    You don’t have to decide! Our course is all inclusive for Art Directors and Copywriters, there are no separate pathways as we teach both disciplines in the same room and you can change your mind at any time. Irrespective of their discipline we expect our alumni to have a rounded skill set. Some end up working as more generalist creatives, others have become entrepreneurs or strategists.

The Campus Courses

  • Why are the fees £16,500

    SCA is less expensive than a traditional 3-year university course and offers much more than the ordinary university model. Each year the course is tailored to around 36 enrolled students and promises to pack each day with masterclasses, briefs to work on and mentoring from our network of more than a 1,000 industry professionals.

    At the end of the course, we expect you to be paid London Living wage in your placements and to leave with a valuable network of contacts too.

    Fees are the same for Home and International students.

  • Are international students able to apply for a work/student visa for the course?

    We’re currently unable to offer student or work visas to international applicants.

  • Is this a full or part-time course?

    Students expected to be in the studio daily, between 9-5. We also expect them to work beyond these times when needed, to meet essential deadlines. We follow the structure of an academic year so we have half-terms, Easter and Christmas breaks but assignments may be set during the holidays as well.

The Online Courses

  • Why are the fees £7,500

    We created the Online Ad School to make SCA even more accessible than ever, so that our teaching is available to as many talented and passionate students as possible. Your day will still be packed full of masterclasses, briefs to work on and mentoring from our network of more than a 1,000 industry professionals.

    Unlike the London Portfolio School we will not directly support you on placement at the end of the course, but you will have the opportunity to build an extensive personal network and an amazing portfolio of work. This combined with the SCA reputation, will make you highly employable at the end of your journey.

  • Can international students apply?

    There are no restrictions to who can apply for our Online Ad School. Given the need to collaborate with peers and mentors during the school day we do recommend that students based outside of the UK are in a timezone that allows reasonable crossover with London working hours. As a rule of thumb +3 GMT to -3 GMT should be manageable.

  • Is this a full or part-time course?

    You can work to a flexible schedule, but we recommend that students commit a minimum of 30 hours per week for studying and collaborating with their peers.

Student Application

  • Fill out the Application Form below to be a part of our next Award-Winning intake.

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