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“I am still learning.” — Michelangelo (in his 90’s)

Does the Creative Center teach Graphic Design?

Absolutely! The Creative Center offers degrees in multiple aspects of graphic design and advertising. Within that field, however, students have a multitude of directions in which they can focus, such as print, advertising, illustration, web, video, multimedia, 3-D imaging, signage, and much more.

What degrees are offered at the Creative Center?

The Creative Center offers two degrees:

Is the Creative Center accredited? By whom?

The Creative Center is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, Virginia 22201
703-247-4212
www.accsc.org

The Creative Center is authorized to operate as a four-year college offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) under section 85-2411.
140 N. 8th Street, Suite 300
PO Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
402-471-2847
ccpe.nebraska.gov

What are the top 10 things that make the Creative Center different?

  1. The Creative Center was founded by the owner of an award-winning art and design studio = that means we know what you need to know to be successful in the field of graphic design.
  2. The Creative Center treats education like a business, holding classes five days per week from 8:30 - 3:30 = that means you concentrate on the subjects that you’re going to use on the job - it’s like on-the-job training.
  3. The Creative Center has educated, seasoned, creative professionals as instructors = that means you’re taught current design, applicable techniques and styles to use in your portfolio (your portfolio is going to get you a job).
  4. The Creative Center provides a lock-step program = that means the Creative Center offers only the classes you need when you need them - and no long registration lines!
  5. The Creative Center provides personal, one-on-one attention and professional critiques = that means you get all the information you need to create your best portfolio, and a better portfolio means a better job.
  6. The Creative Center students receive placement assistance = many employers come to the Creative Center to fill their design positions; that means you have help in finding that perfect job!
  7. The Creative Center students are exposed to multiple aspects of Graphic Design = that means the Creative Center students work in graphic design areas such as print, advertising, branding, web, signage, illustration, video, 3-D, animation and more.
  8. The Creative Center students continue to win top awards around the region, country and even the world = that means the Creative Center students are recognized as great graphic designers (employers like to see that!)
  9. The Creative Center students own their own laptop computer and software = that means your skills won’t get rusty while you’re attending all those interviews - or even over the weekend.
  10. The Creative Center students can earn their BFA in Graphic Design in only three calendar years! (Do we really need to explain why that’s so great?)

Can anyone come tour the Creative Center?

Absolutely! To schedule a tour, email, or call 888-898-1789 (in Omaha, 402-898-1000) and dial extension 216 to speak with our admissions department.

Is the Creative Center easy to drive to?

Super-Easy! Just find I-680 in Omaha, and get off on the Maple Street exit (#4).

  • Turn west onto Maple Street and drive one block to your first set of lights; this is 108th Street.
  • Turn right (north) onto 108th Street and drive one block; this is Emmet Street.
  • Turn left (west) onto Emmet Street, then take your first right into the Creative Center’s parking lot.

Why do parents or guardians have to come to the interview?

Parents and guardians are important for a couple of reasons. First, students with a support system are much more likely to be successful with their studies than those without. Also, regarding financial aid, students are considered dependent until they are 24 years old, so parent or guardian information will be required.

Plus, it's a lot easier for your parent or guardian to attend a tour than to try to explain to them how great we are.

What is a typical class day like at the Creative Center?

Classes are Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 3:30pm. Students take one class per day, so Mondays might be Art History and Tuesdays might be Drawing. The breakout of a single day goes something like this:

  • 8:30 - Class begins – Instruction and Lecture
  • 9:30 - Break
  • 9:40 - Work on Assignments; Teacher one-on-one and Lab
  • 10:40 - Break
  • 10:50 - Work on Assignments; Teacher one-on-one and Lab
  • 11:50 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - Instruction and Lecture
  • 2:00 - Break
  • 2:20 - Work on Assignments; Teacher one-on-one and Lab
  • 3:30 - Class ends

How can students from the Creative Center earn a BFA in three years?

Good Question! Any degree requires a minimum number of earned credit hours. Credit hours are determined by taking the number of hours a student spends in lectures, the hours in a supervised lab setting, and the hours working on coursework outside of the classroom, mixing all these hours into a formula, and spitting out the the number of credit hours that the course is worth.

Due to the unique way that our college is set up, students spend a lot more time in a supervised classroom than in a typical university in addition to the regular number of lecture hours. More time in the classroom means more hours in the formula, which means more credit hours per course, which means less calendar years in school, which means graduates who are employed sooner!

When do classes start?

The Creative Center has one start date per year and runs on a semester system. For the 2017-2018 school year, classes start Monday, August 7.

Can I take one or two classes, possibly at night?

The Creative Center does not currently offer evening courses, however, students are able to complete either program by attending part-time. Keep in mind that all courses are interweaving, so subject matter and applications that are covered in one class may be built upon in another class. For example, if you are looking for a class to learn InDesign, the Creative Center interweaves that program into three separate courses during the spring semester of first year.

Also keep in mind that all first-year courses must be completed before a student can begin the second year, and all second-year courses must be completed before a student can graduate from the AOS program or begin the third year.

Does the Creative Center offer scholarships?

The Creative Center offers scholarships to new students who exhibit exceptional talent, creativity and academic standing. For all the details about our scholarships, come visit one of our admissions representatives.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, for students who qualify. In order to see if you qualify, you will need to complete a FAFSA every school year.

Some types of financial aid available include:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Nebraska Opportunity Grant
  • Federal Student Stafford loans
  • Federal Parent PLUS loans
  • Private Educational loans
  • Veteran’s Benefits

Does the Creative Center have student housing?

The Creative Center does not own any student dormitories or apartments, however, we work with a nearby apartment complex to help arrange housing and roommates for first-year students.

Do I have to take the SAT or ACT?

Nope; in order to apply for acceptance to the Creative Center you need the following items:

  • A portfolio (10-15 examples of creative work).
  • A one-page letter explaining why the student wishes to attend the Creative Center.
  • A letter of recommendation, preferably from a high school art teacher.
  • A current high school transcript or its equivalent. (A final, official transcript or its equivalent will be required after you graduate from high school.)

Does the Creative Center offer placement assistance?

Absolutely! In fact, while the Creative Center cannot guarantee placement, many employers come to the Creative Center to fill their design positions. For more information, see the Placement Assistance page.

How much money do entry-level graphic designers make?

According to The Creative Group's 2015 Salary Guide, an average starting salary for a Graphic Designer in Omaha, Nebraska with 1-3 years of experience begins at $37,200 (www.creativegroup.com/salary-calculator - gathered 7/2016).

According to the 2014 AIGA/Aquent Survey of Design Salaries, a national median salary for a "Junior Designer (print and/or web/interactive)" is $40,000 (designsalaries.aiga.org – gathered 7/2016).

o According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Median Salary for a Graphic Designer is $46,900 (www.bls.gov – gathered 7/2016).

What types of companies hire your graduates?

The great part of teaching multiple aspects of graphic design is that our graduates are employable for any number of different companies, and are particularly suited for in-house work. Of course, advertising agencies and design firms snatch them up as well, but we are continuously surprised by the number of companies who hire our graduates that we have never heard of. Examples of companies who have hired our graduates in the past are located on our Career Services page.

What is a Program Advisory Committee? Do you have one? Who is on it?

A Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is basically a group of professionals who make sure that we, as a college, are doing a good job. They confirm that we’re teaching the appropriate subjects, software, theory, and projects in order to be sure that our graduates are employable. And, yes, we have a PAC which meets twice per year. To see the current list of PAC members, visit the program advisory committee page.

Are there part-time jobs available near the Creative Center?

Many of our students work part-time near the Creative Center including locations such as restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores. Job opportunities are posted in the student lounge to assist students in finding part-time employment during the school year.

Do the Creative Center credits transfer to other colleges?

The Creative Center holds articulation agreements with Bellevue University, National American University and the University of Phoenix, which means these universities will automatically accept our credits. Transferability of credits from the Creative Center to all other colleges is determined by each institution individually. Students should contact the registrar at each college to see if they will accept credits from the Creative Center.

What do graduates from the Creative Center have to say about your college?

“The training and schooling that I got from the Creative Center has been more than just instrumental in my career but completely vital for my growth in this business. I was not only taught all the technical skills, but also given the tools to be successful in the business world, which is not something everyone has the benefit of receiving from other educational programs.” Henna Sexton, Class of 2012

“I knew a degree in fine art would not prepare me for a career in design. The Creative Center focused on design as communication for a purpose. A lot of things were ingrained in me from the Creative Center; for example, I was prepped on how to complete projects on time. It taught me about the business of design and how to transition from an artist to a designer.” Evan Blakley, Class of 2008

“I am very grateful for the education the Creative Center has provided me! Without you guys I definitely wouldn't be where I am today.” Brenna French, Class of 2012

“I’m really grateful for the wide range of design courses we had at the Creative Center - I’ve used almost all of them at work, and still do traditional art as freelance work!” Alonna Griewski, Class of 2010

What do employers say about your college?

“In the past, we recruited from outside Nebraska to find the talent that we needed to staff our Creative Department. In the years since the Creative Center has been in operation, we have been able to draw a steady stream of young and well-developed talent from their graduating classes.” Scott Moore - President & CEO; Bozell & Jacobs

“We hired a graduate from the Creative Center's two-year, Associate of Occupational Studies program. She was hired as a graphic designer and quickly rose to Assistant Art Director because of her fresh perspective, her great work ethic, and her ability to work quickly and efficiently. She has exceeded our expectations for the position.” Mark Carpenter - Partner; SKAR Advertising

“After an interview, I recommended a person to attend the Creative Center even though they had recently graduated from another college.” Dan Hatfield - Project Manager; Schawk

How can I access your Campus Security Report?

The Creative Center prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report is available for public review. Copies of this report can also be obtained by contacting the Executive Director or by calling (402) 898-1000.