Welcome to Somerville Academy

Somerville is an online digital marketing school created by and for women. Born out of a need to have more women, especially more women of colour, in the technology industry. Our programs are designed to give women the skills, experience, and confidence they need to start their careers on their own terms.

An online digital marketing school. For women, by women.

Our online learning portal lets students work around their existing schedules. Lessons and office hours are live-streamed so the logistics of going back to school, including commuting and childcare, are easier to handle.

Our Values


We’re committed to doing the work to help all women to feel safe and supported here. Because we’re stronger together.


It takes courage to learn new skills, to start a new career, and to believe in yourself. Bravery over perfection.


Students, alumni, instructors, and staff – we lift each other up, now and always. Get involved.


We know that life happens. So whether it’s kids, relationships, or another curveball, we’re there for each other.


We have one rule for our students, instructors, and team: Don’t be an asshole. Break that and you’re out.

Get Started With Our Free 4-Part Course: How To Change Careers Into Digital Marketing

Join Katie Jeanes, an expert digital marketer, career-changer, and founder of Somerville Academy, in a free 4-part course that will help you change careers into digital marketing and transform your career, income, and quality of life.

A note from our founder...

Hello there! My name is Katie Jeanes and I'm the founder of Somerville Academy. In 2009, I graduated with a Kinesiology degree, straight into an economy reeling from the Global Financial Crisis. With limited experience and no in-demand skills, I cobbled together jobs and businesses for the new few years of my career.

From there, I found digital marketing and developed the skills I needed to launch my own career as a digital marketer. In 2014, I started teaching, consulted with the United Nations, ran digital strategy for a national charity, and got recruited to launch my first tech school.

After moving to Australia, teaching at General Assembly and the University of Sydney, I launched Somerville Academy as a school specifically for women+ to learn digital marketing and launch their own flexible, fulfilling, and lucrative careers. I hope you'll join us.