DEADLINES AND DECISIONS
We are no longer taking applications for fall 2019. Feel free to request the Fall 2019 application to get an idea of our application questions. The application for fall 2020 will be available for request in November.
Fall 2019 Application Deadlines:
Feb. 1st, 2019 (early decision)
April 1st, 2019 (regular deadline)
Questions about the admissions process? Contact Isabelle Mouton, Program Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-827-8869.
Each year we carefully select and admit 100 talented students. Our application, much like our program, is rigorous. We hope that if you do embark on our application, you will learn a lot - not only about yourself, but also where you see your future.
How do I apply?
After you request an application, you'll receive an email that includes:
- Step-by-step instructions on how to apply
- General program requirements
- Track-specific requirements
*Please note: Any applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation in addition to their transcripts as a required part of the admission process. Please visit International admissions and click on "foreign transcripts" for more information and a list of evaluators. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Applicants may only apply to ONE of the five tracks: art direction, copywriting, creative brand management, experience design or strategy. Check out details about each one on our program page. You can also attend one of our information sessions held throughout the school year.
- 56 percent out-of-state
- 25 percent minority
- Average age: 26
Some of our students are married. Some have kids. About 73% have at least one year of post-college work experience — anything from working at a college bookstore to several years of agency experience.
Early decision is February 1 and regular decision is April 1. Submit your application materials by these deadlines (including the informal interview).
Not always--it is up to you! Applicants may want to apply earlier so that they hear back earlier and can plan ahead. We recommend not rushing the application.
If you submit and complete (see question #5) your application by the deadline, we’ll make a decision approximately one month after that deadline.
Your application is considered complete when you have:
- Submitted the online VCU Graduate School application. This is where you will upload your supporting documents such as unofficial transcripts, any applicable test scores for Strategy or Creative Brand Management, and your reference information.
- Emailed us your Brandcenter application (your My Story So Far and track-specific assignments)
- Completed your personal interview or video interview.
Your personal interview should be scheduled and completed before the application deadline. Contact Isabelle Mouton at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a 30-minute in-person or phone interview. If you are not interviewing in person or over the phone, you may email us a five-minute video in which you introduce yourself and tell us why you are applying to the Brandcenter.
We have no preference of the type of interview. However, if you are trying to schedule an interview close to the deadline, you may need to use the video submission option as interview times become booked up quickly.
No. This has changed from last year. We ask that all “My Story So Far” answers and track-specific application assignments be submitted as a single, printable PDF (via email to email@example.com) or a hard-copy (via mail or drop-off). If you are submitting a hard-copy, you must use a size that is suitable for filing, such as 8.5”x11” or A4. (Please note: Experience Design applicants must submit a PDF.)
You can, however, include links to additional sites or extra work, if you’d like. Make sure that you provide us with the URL (do not hyperlink it within the PDF).
We only require unofficial transcripts for our application review process.* Upon admission to the Brandcenter, you will need to send us your official transcripts with your final coursework and degree listed.
Applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. (whether they are international applicants or not) must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admission process. Please visit International admissions and click on "foreign transcripts" for more information and a list of evaluators.
The evaluation should be unopened and sent directly to the Office of International Admissions at:
Virginia Commonwealth University — International Admissions
408 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3043
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
You will only need to provide these upon admission into the program. For more questions about what financial information is required once you are accepted, view the VCU International Admissions page.
If we are unable to make a final decision on your application submitted by the early decision deadline, we will notify you that your application and supporting materials will be reviewed with the regular decision applicant pool.