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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?
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 …

Looking to break in with a book, a BA, and little else. Help!

First off, just wanted to say thanks for writing an awesome book.
Last year I fell into a copywriting position on the client side and discovered, to my great surprise, that I loved it! Now I’m considering a jump to an agency to keep my career moving forward.
The problem is I’m concerned I’ve done everything backwards. I have no background in …

Two years out of school, still no job. What do I do?

Where do I go from here?
I graduated May 08 with a BS in Advertising from the Texas Creative program, all set with a portfolio to start my career.
Naturally, my timing was bad with the economic climate. I’ve been doing my best to wait it out and have done a few internships to keep myself up to date. But it’s been …

We want additional projects, but our group CDs say no

This is, I’m sorry to say, a question about office politics.
I’m early in my career at a very large office of a very large global advertising agency. For the past year or so, my partner and I have worked almost exclusively on one account. The client is complicated so our creative directors appreciate that we have a good feeling for …

Toronto vs. Vancouver: which is the better career choice?

What do you think of working in Vancouver vs Toronto? Let’s say we’re comparing the top creative shops in each city.
My concerns about Vancouver shops are that even though there may be some awesome creative opportunities, those creative opportunities are only for smaller, more local brands. In Toronto, it’s harder to do good work, but at least you …

Go back to school, or try my luck making a portfolio?

I am 24 and I have been working for three years in a web design agency. But as the years pass I have a great intereset in advertising, as I design some campaign web sites. I was studying at the University at Turkey but I quit in my second year. Now I’m searching for copywriting jobs, but all agencies are …


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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