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Miami Ad School vs. VCU Brandcenter: the debate continues…

Hey Jancy,
I am new to this website and haven’t really read around besides a single question very closely related to mine – that i found through Google. If you can help, I would be really grateful.
The question is simple. And the answer, so far has seemed impossible.
I have completed my MBA in Marketing, I am a Mass Comm graduate, run a theatre group and a brand/event management firm back at home.
I want to pursue Art Direction as my life’s ‘calling’ – I want to learn as much as I can and possibly end up in a fantastic job.
The question – VCU Brandcenter or Miami Ad School? Or something better?
Please please please help.

intro Miami Ad School vs. VCU Brandcenter: the debate continues...You have a great background for art direction. Both schools are excellent. You’ve already identified two of the best. They are not inexpensive programs, but we think it’s an investment that sets you up for greater success when you leave to find a good job. They are both names that will get you the interview, and up your odds of that all-important portfolio trumping your competition. Their sites give you the information you need to compare, and decide which feels like the better fit for you. Neither is a slam-dunk to get into; they are elite programs and the entry requirements screen out a lot of people with dreams but perhaps not the potential to make it in their judgement. Good luck. You’re looking in a great direction.

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  • Ashley Haug Sommardahl

    I work at the Brandcenter and would love to talk with you about your decision. I might be a little biased. :) I’m happy to tell you more about our faculty, students, curriculum, job placement, etc.  Just email me when you’ve got a minute –


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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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