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Detroit Experience Studio (DES) is the space for Black and Brown youth in Detroit to maximize their creative potential and transform the advertising industry.

What DES is all about

And what you'll get from it.

What we stand on

This is what matters to us. Our guiding principles.

Celebrating youth as they are and offering guidance as they relentlessly pursue their dreams.
Addressing barriers to the industry with solutions rooted in creativity, collaboration and community.
Inspiring powerful, groundbreaking work that “ensures what comes next is better than what came before” – Mark Read CEO WPP
Expanding the table so everyone has a seat. Turning up Black and Brown voices and putting color in the white collar.

What to expect

Our DES program is a 10-week, no-cost creative course taught by some of the industry's top professionals. Here are the details:


Two, two-hour after school classes per week, during which you'll be learning from creative leaders, enjoying interactive activities and hanging out with your peers.


Free. And we mean it. Not just the classes — transportation, technology and meals are all included for the program.


Challenge-Based Learning — our students solve real problems for real clients. Throughout the 10 weeks, you will explore industry roles and build new skills to successfully complete a client project. Creative courses are taught by the industry's top professionals across WPP. Additionally, you'll have access to encouraging mentors to support your growth in the program and career-readiness.


State of the art studio and creative space.


We listened to what you wanted in a creative program, and we developed something just for you. This is your space and your future: we're here to guide you along the way. You'll be surrounded by individual and group support at every step.


Unmatched industry experiences — access to events and exclusive client projects.

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