Brandcenter ranked as #1 Graduate Program in U.S. in The One Club 2024 Global Creative College Rankings

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The One Club for Creativity has announced the 2024 Global Creative College Rankings, and Brandcenter is incredibly honored to make the cut. 

Brandcenter has been ranked*: 

  • #1 Graduate Program in the U.S. 
  • #2 Graduate Program Globally

Among all the programs, including graduate, undergraduate, certificate programs, and portfolio schools, Brandcenter was also ranked #9 nationally and #16 globally.

Executive Director Vann Graves discusses how Brandcenter programs nurture creative thinking and craft in an evolving industry:

“Brandcenter is focused on brands and their impact on culture. As businesses change, our direction will change. Creativity and innovation were once perceived to sit separately from the core focus of business, but they have since been recognized as a fundamental part of it. Everything is inextricably linked. The Brandcenter program trains students to be polymathic and to consider the whole equation when solving complex business problems. 

We are preparing students to be the next generation of creative business leaders. Our faculty work hard to ensure our curriculum is constantly evolving to parallel what’s happening in the world of brands and business today.”

This recognition from The One Club is a testament to our innovative approach to education.

The Global Creative College Rankings are based on the results of winning schools and students from around the world in the recent Young Ones Student Awards competition. Young Ones recognizes students and recent graduates across creative disciplines for excellence in the creative advertising industry, and the awards are an esteemed badge of honor for young creatives and professionals alike. 

Fifteen Brandcenter students placed as finalists across seven projects this year, and we are so proud of our students and faculty mentors. You can read more about their work here. Brandcenter faculty Jess Collins (Strategy, 2010) and Tom Scharpf (Art Direction, 1998) led the effort to bring Brandcenter to the competition, and their talent, dedication, and hard work are an incredible asset to Brandcenter programs.

Graves commends the Brandcenter community on this recognition.  “This remarkable accomplishment underscores the talent and passion of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. It has been made possible by collective hard work, a commitment to excellence, and a dedication to the craft.”

We’re thrilled to share the spotlight with our hometown of Richmond, Virginia. In the same week, CNN named Richmond the #1 U.S. City to Visit. 

*rankings tied with Boston University