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2022-23 school year

Aug. 19, 2022

Brandcenter Orientation

Aug. 22, 2022

Brandcenter New Student Open House

Aug. 23, 2022

Fall classes begin

Sep. 5, 2022

Closed for Labor Day

Oct. 21, 2022

Closed for Reading Day

Nov. 8, 2022

Closed for Election Day

Nov. 21 -Nov. 27, 2022

Closed for Fall / Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 13 -Dec. 20, 2022

Final projects/presentations

Dec. 22 -Jan. 2, 2023

Closed for winter break

Jan. 9 -Jan. 13, 2023

BC Sprint

Jan. 16, 2023

Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 17, 2023

Spring classes begin

Mar. 5 -Mar. 12, 2023

Spring break, no classes

May. 4 -May. 11, 2023

Final projects

May. 12, 2023

Graduation TBD

In the NewsFebruary 5, 2018

Super Bowl ad showcase VCU Brandcenter talent once again

Brandcenter graduates helped produce ads for major brands, including Bud Light, Pringles, T-Mobile and Hyundai.

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In the NewsFebruary 2, 2018

VCU Brandcenter grads behind Super Bowl ads

 ABC 8 News story on VCU Brandcenter graduates who have Superbowl spots airing this year, featuring an interview with our own Scott Witthaus. 

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AlumniJanuary 31, 2018

An inside look at what it’s like to work on a Super Bowl ad

 

VCU Brandcenter alumni share their stories of creating commercials on the ad world’s biggest stage.

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AlumniJanuary 5, 2018

Brandcenter alums’ startup launches insurance platform for freelancers

 

Jade (XD, 2014) and Hannah (AD, 2014) Sullivan recently started Pogo Insurance to assist the underserved market.

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In the NewsJanuary 5, 2018

The New York Times Made a Simple, Powerful TV Spot About Reporting Sexual Harassment.

Julie Matheny (CW, 2009), Tim Gordon (CW, 2008) and their team at Droga5 made the powerful “He said. She said.” spot for the New York Times that aired during the Golden Globes.

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In the NewsDecember 31, 2017

How Do You Turn an Ad Into a Meme? Two Words: Dilly Dilly.

Brandcenter alums Alex Ledford (CW, 2012) and NJ Placentra (AD, 2012), senior creatives at Wieden + Kennedy, came up with our new favorite catchphrase for Bud Light.

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AlumniNovember 14, 2017

Rachel Mercer named to Forbes' 30 Under 30

Brandcenter alum Rachel Mercer (XD, 2012), SVP, Head of Digital Strategy and Invention at Deutsch, was named to Forbes' annual list in the Marketing & Advertising category.

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AlumniNovember 17, 2017

Brandcenter alumni team's hilarious video response for Carmax goes viral

A team of Brandcenter alumni who now work at McKinney, including creative director David Sloane (CW, 2009) who stars in the video, was behind Carmax's viral response to the guy who created a video ad for his girlfriend's '96 Honda Accord.

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AlumniNovember 14, 2017

Forbes' startup of the week: Skillshare

Brandcenter alum Michael Karnjanaprakorn (ST, 2005) founded Skillshare, an online learning community, with the mission of using technology to democratize education and learning for people globally.

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AlumniNovember 9, 2017

Alum Charles Hodges (CW, 2009) launches Arts & Letters Creative Co. with Google as its first client.

Led by founder Charles Hodges (CW, 2009), a collection of VCU Brandcenter alums and two Martin Agency vets have come together to start a new Richmond-based ad agency, with one of the world’s tech giants signed on as its initial client.

Here are the Brandcenter alums at Arts & Letters:

Albert Song (AD, 2015)

Jon Jon Hirsch (AD, 2016)

Stanley Leon Hines Jr. (XD, 2017)

Shawn Hurley (XD, 2017)

Conor McFarland (CW, 2017)

Sam Case (CW, 2017)

Geoff Castillo (AD, 2015)

Danielle Young (CBM, 2016)

Ian Fairbrother (CW, 2005)

Andy Grayson (ST, 2003). 

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Analysis & OpinionOctober 3, 2017

Five principles for launching a TV show

Alum Katie Acosta (ST, 2012), BBH LA's senior brand strategist, explains how to make a new show must-watch, even when dealing with audiences inundated by content.

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AlumniOctober 25, 2017

‘Build your village’: Alum Shameka Brown-Barbosa shares advice and thoughts on the industry ahead of 3%

Excellent article/interview with Brandcenter alum and creative director Shameka Brown-Barbosa (CW, 1999) on navigating a career in advertising as a mom and a person of color - and what she is doing to help.

Shameka will be speaking at the 3 Percent Conference this week, Nov. 2-3 in New York.

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