The One Club Education Department was founded to support the next generation of advertising and design creatives. Working with schools throughout the world, The One Club creates and sponsors events and opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the professional community. And each year, our One Show Young Ones Competition identifies the most promising up-and-coming international creative talent, celebrated in the annual Young Ones Education Festival. See for yourself in the Young Ones Winner Archives.

Exhibitions, workshops, competitions and portfolio reviews are just a small part of helping young men and women hone their skills to prepare for a career in the advertising and design professions. The One Club believes that learning from the best in the business will help future creatives succeed in advertising. This is why so many top creative people are involved in The One Club's events.

The opportunities for students to meet and learn from these masters of creativity are endless. Our student membership program offers many benefits at a nominal fee. Being part of The One Club community includes access to all One Club events. The One Club awards numerous scholarships annually to universities, colleges and art schools. There are also private scholarships that go to accomplished students each year.

Diversity programs are a big part of The One Club's mission. As the leader in this field, The One Club's Education Department works with both colleges and agencies within the advertising industry to encourage active participation from a widely diverse population. The One Club continues to build the membership of students, young professionals and seasoned creatives. The door is always open to new ideas from aspiring creatives for programs, activities and workshops.

Our student membership program offers the same benefits as the professional membership, with added benefit for school One Club Chapters. To explore the benefits of membership, read more here.

Young Ones Competition

One of the most acclaimed advertising, interactive and design student competitions is the annual One Show Young Ones Competition, a tradition dating back to 1986.

The Pencil winners are awarded at the annual One Show Young Ones Education Festival awards ceremony and finalists are published in the One Show Annual as well as online in the Young Ones Awards Archive.

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2017 Young Ones Education Festival

A part of Creative Week, the Young Ones Education Festival is an invaluable opportunity for current students and graduating seniors to schmooze with industry professionals, build their portfolios and have them reviewed, collect coveted One Show Pencils, and maybe even walk away with a job, as several lucky students do each year.

The 2016 Education Festival took place from Monday, May 9th - Thursday, May 12th. For more information, and to stay tuned for our 2017 programs, visit here.


Client Pitch Competition

The Client Pitch Competition offers students a chance to win an award based on their ability to create and articulate a focused strategy in the form of a persuasive marketing pitch. All students entering must first enter the Young Ones Competition, and then proceed with a second step application to the Client Pitch. The winning team is awarded a cash prize at the Young Ones Student Awards Ceremony.


Portfolio Reviews

One Club Portfolio Reviews provide students and young professionals a unique opportunity to obtain professional criticism from the industry's top creatives from around the world; our reviewers are ADs, CWs, CDs and Designers with years of experience, and the desire to foster the next generation of advertising.

Portfolio Reviews occur at various times during the year, in different locations nationally and internationally - watch our events listings for details. Additionally, our annual Young Ones Education Festival student portfolio review has become an international gathering place for graduating students and creatives and recruiters from all around the world.

A new Miami Ad School graduate wrote in a recent Adweek article: "I felt like I was getting my book critiqued rather than trying to get a job. I met creatives I had read about in magazines."


Recent participating agencies include:

  • Anomaly
  • Arnold Worldwide
  • BBDO
  • BBH
  • Cliff Freeman & Partners
  • Crispin, Porter + Bogusky
  • DDB
  • Deutsch
  • Devito/Verdi
  • Droga 5
  • FCB
  • Fallon
  • Grey
  • Havas Worldwide
  • Hill Holliday
  • JWT
  • kbs+
  • Leo Burnett
  • Mother
  • McCann-Erickson
  • McKinney
  • Pereira O'Dell
  • Powell Design
  • Publicis Kaplan Thaler
  • R/GA
  • Rosetta
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • SS+K
  • StrawberryFrog
  • Taxi
  • TBWA
  • Wieden + Kennedy
  • Young & Rubicam

  • Student Exhibition

    Each year, The One Club's Annual Student Exhibition invites select schools of advertising and graphic design to showcase their top students' portfolios. Industry creatives and recruiters visit the exhibition to find new talent and to find out what inspires aspiring creatives.

    The One Club's 22nd Annual Student Exhibition took place during Creative Week 2016 and was celebrated in New York City, with 200+ students and industry professionals in attendance.

    The One Club's Annual Student Exhibition is not only a chance for schools to show off their students' creativity, but also an opportunity to introduce professionals to exceptional programs and connect with the next generation of creative students.

    If your school is interested in participating in next year's exhibition, email for more information. Space is limited and schools will be chosen based on the merit of ideas and innovation.

    Click to see past participating schools

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