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2021-22 school year

Aug. 20, 2021

Orientation

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

Graduation

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

GET TO KNOW KT SCHAEFFER, BRANDCENTER'S NEWEST CREATIVE PROFESSOR

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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AlumniDecember 2, 2019

Tales from SIXTY: Limitless Opportunity, Devin Altman (CW, 2016)

Though some alums may feel that ‘BC is over and was a long time ago’, Devin Altman does not agree. 

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In the NewsNovember 27, 2019

BriElle Munizzi (AD '20) summer intern work now in Adidas stores in LA and NYC

BriElle Munizzi (AD '20) spent her summer in Los Angeles interning at Wongdoody, and now gets to see her hard work come to life with the launch of Strings Attached campaign supporting the Adidas' Creators Club rewards program.

 

In addition to creating all of the illustrations for the campaign (on the postcards, lanyards, shoelace patterns, and pin design), BriElle also had the opportunity to test her skills in UX design, creating wireframes and helping outline the Adidas app experience for the rewards program.

 

Where you'll see this work: a limited run campaign is now in select Adidas stores located in Los Angeles and New York.

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In the NewsNovember 15, 2019

Brandcenter hosts the One Club Workshop for Creativity

On November 8-9, 2019, VCU Brandcenter hosted The One Club for Creativity Strategic Workshop in conjunction with the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. Over 48 hours, a group of 60 students from throughout Virginia worked to create a strategic brief to deliver new life into a failing brand. 

Students presented to a panel of alumni and representatives from The Martin Agency, Arts & Letters Creative Co., Capital One, Elevation, Familiar Creatures, and Tilt.

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In the NewsNovember 5, 2019

Brandcenter Students Place in Caring for the Caregiver Hackathon

First year Brandcenter student Sharon Lee (XD, 2021) and second year student Andrea Owens (XD, 2020) participated in the 5th annual Caring for the Caregiver Hackathon on a team coached by Thea Pepperl from the VCU School of Engineering.

After 24 hours of brainstorming and creativity the VCU team placed 2nd bringing home $2000. In addition to the cash prize they have received a commitment of corporate sponsorship for their idea: an app for first-time caregivers, New Boots.

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In the NewsOctober 29, 2019

Brandcenter Alum Troy Gary (CBM, 2017) interviewed on We Are Next Podcast

Brandcenter alum Troy Gary (CBM, 2017), Director of Brand Strategy at Playboy, talks to We Are Next wants us all to create the environments we want to work in. Hear about how his early experience in sales and account management has been valuable, making sure we’re not talking to ourselves, fostering better relationships with senior leadership, why it’s smart to ask about an agency’s new business strategy in your interview, and the reasons behind his decision to take on a new role at Playboy.

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In the NewsOctober 30, 2019

A Heavy Dose of Holiday Magic From BarrettSF

With the holidays around the corner, Jessica Sugerman (AD ‘17) Kevin Albrecht (ST ‘15), and their team at barrettSF in San Francisco worked on the new holiday commercial for Cost Plus/ World Market - be sure to grab your tissues.

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In the NewsOctober 30, 2019

When you hear “Black Titanium”, what comes to mind?

For Jack McNamara (CW ‘18) and his team at McCann NY, it definitely wasn’t an advertisement for the New York Lottery. Jack and his team imagined that it could be the name of an intense heavy metal band. For serious heavy metal fans, check out their Black Titanium Spotify playlist.

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