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Can a designer become an AD without ad school?

I wanted to thank you for introducing me to the world of advertising with your book Pick Me. It is perhaps the most horrifying book I’ve read to date.
Currently, I’m a graphic designer working at a great design firm with a mentor who challenges me. Sounds great right? It does if you’re not …

What’s the best two-year ad program?

Reading that last letter made me ponder, which programs, of the heavily advertised two years schools, do you suggest? Which departments are leading in the field?
Top of the class is VCU Adcenter. Check out their school at

I’m a teacher, but my true calling is advertising

I’m a complete mess! I’m have a BFA in studio arts, and a Masters in Education (with an emphasis on developing creativity and thinking skills) and I teach middle school, but I loath teaching. I want to become a professional creative, but I can’t make up my mind! I love contemporary …

Which ad school in Toronto is best?

I’m trying to find a school in the Toronto area for creative advertising. I was hoping you could give me your opinion on the following schools: Humber, OCAD, and International Academy of Design and Technology. I especially would like to know how do they compare to each other and which has the …

Weak art direction in my non-ad school CW book

I am an aspiring copywriter and am just finishing up my book. I did not go to portfolio school but have been on my book for the last year. I have 7 solid campaigns (so I feel) but have only been able to get 2 directed by a student art director who went to Miami Ad School. The rest are “thrown together” by myself …

Why don’t Canadian ad greats teach at schools?

I noticed that Rick Boyko decided to go off and teach in the states after his advertising career and many ad professionals do this. But when are the Canadian schools (who can’t hold a candle next to VCU Adcenter etc) going to have ad greats like Rick Boyko and Neil French become …


About Jancy

'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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