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What good ad schools are out there, other than VCU and MAS?


Hello Jancy! Love the site, read it almost everyday.
This is YET ANOTHER ad school question. Aside from VCU Brandcenter and Miami Ad School, what other grad schools are up there for advertising in the US?

intro What good ad schools are out there, other than VCU and MAS?We also see impressive work from the University of Texas, Texas State U (yes Texas is overindexing for strong ad programs), the University of Colorado/ Boulder and the Tyler School of Art at Temple U in PA. We like Creative Circus in Atlanta and the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco. Outside the US a school that’s really shining the past few years is the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm. There are still relatively few graduate programs that compete with perennial favorites VCU and MAS.

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    I was accepted into UT Austin’s Graduate program – though there’s a lot of good creative work that comes out of the program, I personally found it to be still deeply entrenched in “old school” methods. Most assignments are done by hand and pinned up, not designed and developed in a creative suite. You also take overlapping classes with undergraduate students.

    I also liked Academy of Art University – if you’re not sure what you want to do (Accounts, Copywriting, Art Direction) this program has you do all three, and the alumni connections are awesome. My biggest beef is that the program took something like 2.5 years, without summers off. So you miss that key time to take an internship.

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