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2021-22 school year

Aug. 20, 2021


Aug. 24, 2021

Fall classes begin

Sep. 6, 2021

Closed for Labor Day

Oct. 22, 2021

Closed for Reading Day

Nov. 2, 2021

Closed for Election Day

Nov. 22 -Nov. 28, 2021

Closed for Fall / Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 13 -Dec. 17, 2021

Final projects/presentations

Dec. 23 -Jan. 2, 2022

Closed for winter break

Jan. 17, 2022

Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 18, 2022

Spring classes begin

Mar. 6 -Mar. 13, 2022

Spring break, no classes

May. 2 -May. 6, 2022

Final projects

May. 14, 2022


AnnouncementsFebruary 6, 2020

Brandcenter Welcomes Dr. Brian Brown, Creative Brand Management Professor

Dr. Brian Brown joins the Brandfam from the VCU School of Business where he teaches brand strategy and marketing management. Two of our second-year students sat down with Dr. Brown to talk about running, work rituals and joining Brandcenter.

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AlumniFebruary 3, 2020

Brandcenter Boasts Record Number of Alumni Ads in Super Bowl 2020

Brandcenter students gathered in the lecture hall last Sunday for the program’s first annual Super Bowl Watch Party. Of course, unlike the average football party, it wasn’t the football that captured everyone’s attention. This watch party was all about the ads.

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AlumniJanuary 29, 2020

Top Five Alumni Super Bowl Ads of the Last Decade

Super Bowl LIV is this Sunday, making this week one of the most exciting times of the year for our industry. We asked longtime Brandcenterer Ashley Sommardahl for her take on the best Brandcenter alumni Super Bowl ads from the last decade.

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AnnouncementsJanuary 14, 2020

Brandcenter Hosts Second Annual Sprint Competition

Second years came together in teams to pitch two national brands — with only four days from start to finish.

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In the NewsJanuary 11, 2020

The Boom List: Brandcenter Edition

The Boom List is all about celebrating extraordinary diverse talent — something we have a lot of here at the Brandcenter.

This month, we were thrilled to partner with The Boom List to feature some of our talented alumni. These folks are, quite frankly, blowing up the industry, and we couldn’t be prouder to shout it from the rooftops (or in your inbox).

Congratulations Troy Gary (CBM, ‘17), Nima Khalilian (CMB, ‘16), Andrew Kong (CW, ‘13) and Elly Taura (AD, ‘15). Click the link to view the email feature.

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In the NewsJanuary 9, 2020

Six Alums Named to Business Insider’s "36 Rising Stars of Madison Avenue Revolutionizing Advertising"

A huge shout out to the six Brandcenter alums named to Business Insider’s "36 Rising Stars of Madison Avenue Revolutionizing Advertising" this month.

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In the NewsDecember 19, 2019

Student internship work is live for the holidays thanks to alumni at Coca-Cola

Having a Coke this holiday season?

Check out new work from alum Dheeraj Govindraju (XD '17), KO:OP, and our current students who interned at Coke this summer (Arielle Bryant AD '20, Michelle Lee CBM '20, and Kelsey Cowan XD '20). 



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AlumniDecember 18, 2019

Alumna named one of the 2019 Next Creative Leaders by The One Club and 3% Conference

Brandcenter Alum Mariana Oliveira (CW, 2012) was named one of the Next Creative Leaders by The One Club and 3% Conference. Mariana is an ACD at BBDO NY, and is one of the ten women recognized this year.


Of the female leaders chosen, they said, "These talented women are a beautiful reminder that real leadership doesn’t require the perfect opportunity, a big budget, or a fancy title. Real leadership just asks you to show up for yourself, your beliefs and each other. For the ideas that light up your heart. And for the future you’re excited to be a part of."

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In the NewsJanuary 3, 2020

Alumna creates podcast episode uncovering the Domino's accessibility lawsuit

We've got your next listen for holiday travels - Follow Melanie Ann Thompson (ST, 2017) as she investigates the 2016 Dominos lawsuit (and Supreme Court decision) on the accessibility of the pizza chain's website. 


Spoiler alert: You'll hear from Creative Professor at Brandcenter, KT Schaeffer (AD, 2001). 

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KT Schaeffer (AD ‘01)

AnnouncementsDecember 2, 2019


Two of our students sat down to get to know KT Schaeffer (AD ‘01), Creative Professor at Brandcenter. She’s about to complete her first semester teaching Creative Thinking, in addition to being a collector of plants and a cat lover. 

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AlumniDecember 6, 2019

Selling something different: “Not going extinct”

Two Brandcenter alumni leave positions at Droga5 and Phenomenon to take on climate change and world hunger.

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AnnouncementsDecember 3, 2019

Celebrating Kelly O'Keefe's New Business Venture

Please join us as we congratulate Kelly O’Keefe, Creative Brand Management Professor, on the rapid success and growth of his business, Brand Federation. At the end of this semester, Kelly will transition from his full-time role at the Brandcenter and turn his focus the company he founded a year ago. 

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