Graphic Designers Teaching 
Future Graphic Designers.

Our goal is to create great graphic designers; if you think you have the talent, desire, and motivation to excel in this industry, you owe it to yourself to check out the Creative Center, college of art & design.

Founder’s Philosophy

In 1993, Ray Dotzler founded the Creative Center, a college specializing in graphic design. After years of reviewing student portfolios from colleges across the Midwest, he counseled with his creative colleagues and concluded something better had to be done.

Creative Center President Ray DotzlerRay Dotzler
Founder and President, Creative Center

With the advent of desktop publishing, it was obvious that students working in an "on the job" type of atmosphere and with the correct training in design and software could be employed in the challenging graphic design and advertising profession.

The Creative Center receives direction from its affiliation with an award-winning design studio, Dotzler Creative Arts (DCA), founded by Mr. Dotzler in 1984. Since its inception, DCA has won over 400 creative awards including a national ADDY, Health Care Marketing's "Best of Show," DESI, Print, Graphis, and How magazine. But, what really makes Mr. Dotzler proud is watching students from the Creative Center win piles of student awards – more than 600 so far!

Our program mimics on-the-job training. We strongly believe that the graphic designer of today needs to be well-versed in multiple aspects of graphic design: from websites to ads; from illustrations to signs; from logos to multimedia; and more. Our training approach – five days a week from 8:30 until 3:30 – allows students more instructor critiques, constant oversight, and an emphasis on quality, which leads to more job placement and career advancement opportunities.

"The Creative Center's program mimics on-the-job training. We strongly believe that the graphic designer of today needs to be well versed in multiple aspects of graphic design: from websites to ads; from illustrations to signs; from logos to multimedia; and more. Our training approach – five days a week from 8:30 until 3:30 – allows students more instructor critiques, constant oversight, and an emphasis on quality, which leads to more job placement and career advancement opportunities."

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