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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 we stand on

This is what matters to us. Our guiding principles and objectives.

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 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 daytime 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, laptops, software and meals are all included for the program. You don’t get to keep the laptops after though, sorry.


Student-driven curriculum — we listened to what you wanted in a creative program, and we developed something just for you. Here you’ll explore creative careers, build foundational skills in marketing, advertising, and design, and gain real-life experiences. This is your space and your future: we're here to guide you along the way.


State of the art studio & creative space.


Being surrounded by support. Success coaches = mentoring from industry leaders.


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

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