Australia’s only business school for designers

IT’S NEW AND IT’S UNIQUE

The Design Business Council presents Australia’s only business school for designers.
The content is written by Australian design practitioners based on industry-insights.
The takeaways are practical tools, resources and skills designers will use everyday.

HOW TO MANAGE A DESIGN STUDIO

Learn skills and tools to successfully manage a team of creatives. And be mentored by leading Australian design practitioners.

LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR DESIGNERS

Build a management team with a tailored leadership program. Everyone can learn together, using your business as the case study. 

SELLING MORE DESIGN USING RESEARCH

A program about new business development: finding new clients and getting more work from your existing client base. 

ABOUT THE DESIGN BUSINESS COUNCIL

The DBC helps creatives manage their business. As well as this school, we also write (in print and online), present workshops and mentor. 

“If you own a creative team or run a design studio, Greg will help you transform your business into a far more valuable, strategic and future-proofed business.”

Peter Gould  gould.sydney

EARN WHILE YOU LEARN

The Design Business School delivers practical professional development specifically written for Australian design businesses.

We’ve all done great courses only to return to the studio, never to use the knowledge gained. DBS programs are a unique approach: the lessons are based on your studio. You learn new skills tailored to improving your studio’s business performance.

We make the learnings stick by working alongside you while you learn, and staying close while you implement. The results are better performing, more capable businesses. Better still, you can start when you want and work at your own pace. The programs are delivered online, via skype and face-to-face, ready to go when you are.

Every program has a KPI that ensures it gives you a return on investment, turning professional development from an expense to a fee generator.

THIS PROGRAM WILL DEVELOP MANAGEMENT SKILLS FOR:

Design studio owners

Design studio managers

Client service directors

Design graduates

New business directors

Studio managers

Design managers

Production managers

DBS WILL GIVE YOU

DBS delivers practical programs that will develop management skills in your studio.

The content is specifically developed for Australian designers and Australian design studios.

Better still, you can learn and earn: the content teaches practical business skills to your designers using your studio and your clients as case studies. The result will a strong leadership team and a sustainable, resilient studio. And the content is proven read our reviews

Traditional design studios selling traditional design services are no longer sustainable.

The design scene has been disrupted with tighter budgets, greater competition and a changing global market. So it’s no longer optional – all designers must have sound business knowledge. Unfortunately they’re not skills taught at uni, and they’re slow and costly to learn ‘on the job’.

That’s why we’ve developed a way for designers to learn business skills.

The DBS is a business school developed specifically for designers. It’s  content written specifically for Australian designers by two Australian design practitioners with unequalled expertise in design studio management.

It’s content you can study online or in the studio, in your own time at your own pace, but you’re not working alone. Carol and Greg and available online throughout the course. We work alongside you and each unit culminates with a skype mentoring session to discuss the learnings and make sure you’ve got what you need from the course.

NEED TO HEAR MORE?

Every one of our programs is supported by online mentoring by Greg Branson and Carol Mackay, design practitioners with over 30 years experience managing their own studio. Call or email for more detail Greg (0412 762 045) or Carol (0418 384 002).

Better still, don’t take our word for it. Read what other designers have said about our programs.

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