Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders

Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders is a week-long executive business certificate program curated for design professionals in partnership with the Yale University School of Management. The program—held next on July 22-27, 2018 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut—is taught by experienced Yale Faculty who incorporate design-related industry examples into the coursework.

The Yale Management curriculum is designed to accomplish two goals: first, to instill a general competency in meeting the challenges of management; and second, to facilitate the creative leaders’ development of their own personal career aspirations. Instead of teaching management topics in separate, single-subject courses, Yale teaches core subjects in an integrated way, providing frameworks and concepts in a richer, more relevant context.

Designed for mid-career or senior professionals, this program is ideal for designers looking to become better leaders, master strategy, navigate change, expand their network, or optimize their teams to drive growth. Averaging between 20-40 attendees a year, this experience is consistently ranked one of the most valuable experiences of participants’ careers.

Program Costs

Program fees cover the costs of tuition, course materials, private on-campus accommodations at The Study (a local boutique hotel), transportation between the hotel and class, and most meals.

Members save $1700 when registering before March 23.

  Early bird fee
Deadline: March 23
Regular fee
Deadline: June 29
Member $8,700 $9,700
Nonmember $9,400 $10,400


A prompt for payment information appears at the end of the application. You may select check or credit card. If you select check, you will still have the option to pay by credit card later. All payments are not processed until you are notified of acceptance into the program. An email notification will be sent to alert you of a pending payment before it is processed. Course materials are distributed once payment is received in full, and we recommend completing some pre-work before attending to get the most benefit from the experience.

An additional 10-percent group discount is available to two or more people applying from the same company at the same time. Applications must be received on the same day to be reviewed together for the discount. There are no scholarship opportunities for this program. AIGA pays Yale School of Management for each attendee under contract.

How to Apply

Visit our registration page to start your application. Interested applicants will also need to submit: 

  1. A current résumé 

  2. A statement of intent explaining why you are applying to this program, how your experience has prepared you to enter this program, and how it will benefit you professionally

Both documents can be uploaded as either a PDF or word document. Professional achievement and organizational responsibility are the main criteria for admission. There are no previous formal education requirements for admission. Acceptance is subject to the approval of Yale faculty members and AIGA leaders. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received, and you can expect to be notified within 1-2 weeks from submitting a completed application. If you have any questions about applying, please contact Susan Augenbraun. 

Cancellation policy

There are no refunds for cancellations, since AIGA has no flexibility in the number of attendees we must provide to justify Yale’s investment in the curriculum development. Substitutions are subject to approval according to the selection criteria for the program. The program is subject to cancellation or change. Liability is limited to funds remitted for program registration and sponsorship fees. Faculty is subject to change without prior notice. If there are fewer spaces than qualified candidates, some applicants may be deferred until the following year’s program. 

Non-discrimination policy

Yale is committed to a policy against discrimination based upon age, color, handicap or disability, ethnic or national origin, race, religion, religious creed, gender (including discrimination taking the form of sexual harassment), marital, parental or veteran status, sexual orientation, or the prejudice of clients. All employers using the school’s placement services are required to abide by this policy.