Best advertising schools in the UK?

Is there any British school that can match VCU or Miami Ad School?

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Not sure how they compare, but Falmouth University and Westherts College are well reputed.
They both offer a course in Art Direction/Copywriting, and have links with the advertising industry.
1-Falmouth University
http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/creativeadvertising
2-Westherts College
http://www.westherts.ac.uk

Goodluck.

"Assume nothing, question everything."

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No one can teach you creativity. That is the final word. Ad is all about your own imagination, no school can help. They will just make you poorer.
Test and see your creativity here - www.justdinku.com

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I didn't know about these. Until now the most exciting one I found is ths one at London College of Communication.
http://www.lcc.arts.ac.uk/courses/marketing_advertising/ba_creative_ad...
But it's rather for Account Planners. Which in its way is great because it's the only one dedicated to this particular subject. What do you think about it?

Otherwise in my opinion it's amazing how the UK doesn't have a single undergraduate creative school like those in the US but still pretends to be one of the world's top creative nurseries.

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No man, there are plenty of creative schools there,
but they're not solely dedicated to advertising, like VCA and Miami Ad School.
Tell me, do you have a BA in any subject?

"Assume nothing, question everything."

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Hey!
Just a quick question... I already have a BA in Advertising/Art Direction.
I decided to do an MA in England.
I made sooo many research and still I can't seem to decide.
What do you recommend?
My first choice is Leeds University.
Then Falmouth and Bucks.
Thank you :)

May all your dreams come true.

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I do have a BA in screenwriting. Now I want to go to an ad school and I'm making a shortlist.

Anyway, I got lucky yesterday. I found something that sounds cool. At least in theory. It's the Bucks University - http://www.bucks.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=7466. This finally sounds like real life stuff. I guess that's also why the infidel ad schools are so compelling - I guess they give you a very strong touch of the real life in what they do.
I'm very happy with my finding cause for me the UK has a whole lot more mojo than the US.

Still curious to know what's the top chioce among the UK ad schools for the guys in the industry.

Are you currently working in advertising?

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That course is a BA. Do you wanna spend 3 more years at uni?
Why not opt for a Masters degree? It'll only take you ONE year.
(You can get accepted, even if you have a BA in a different major.)

The best advertising postgrad courses are:
1-MA Creative Advertising
http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/creativeadvertising
2-BTEC Art Direction/Copywriting
http://www.westherts.ac.uk
Both courses were recommended to me
by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.

Hope I was of help.
I'm also considering studying advertising in London,
and thought of sharing the info I collected so far.

"Assume nothing, question everything."

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Hi

i've have done BBA n have been workin in advertising from past 1 year at a servicing position. but i'm more interested in graphics.
i want to get to the art side, but i'm a little confused...all the time that i've worked got wasted. anyways can u suggest me which college n course to take up if i go towards art n which one if i stick to servicing.

thanks

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Yeah, MA is an option but it's not like when you study from the ground up. Especially if you don't already have a degree in the same discipline.
Still I sent an email with questions to Falmouth and got no answer. Maybe it'll turn out to be ok. Have to wait and see.

Where are you from btw?

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Lebanon.
Say hi to Bucharest :)

"Assume nothing, question everything."

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Right away.
Say bonjour to Beirut:)

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Hi, here's what I've found both on my own and with the help of me Lebanese brother present above:

Falmouth University

Westherts Univ.

Bucks Univ.

Leeds Univ.

Farnham Univ.

London College of Communication (rather for strategic planning but can also turn you into a bloody fit copywriter)

They have BA and/or MA programmes depending on your interest. However, even though people say Falmouth is the mother of all, it's located in Cornwall. Which makes it quite a burden to look for employment in an agency while you're still learning.

I don't know about Gloucester, never heard anything good or bad about it. And I don't know how you could gather impressions either. Personally I've read very carefully all programme descriptions then talked to the people in charge from the universities on the shortlist and then I drew a line.

Hope this will help.

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I studied at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University several years ago. Great industry links with at least 2, 2 week placements in top agencies in London which helps greatly. They also do a lot of workshops with London agencies in the second year where you get crits from ex students who are working in agencies and even the CDs. The location of the uni is pretty shite but the course and lecturers were spot on.

I think about 95% of my class got jobs within a year

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Hi

I am thinking about transferring to Bucks Uni this sept as my university doesnt offer the course I like... can you tell me anything more about what the course offers etc and student life as I have a place at sussex uni to study media practice which is a more broad degree so I am undecided...

Thanks

Danielle.

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watford

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hey kakaolu,

any luck for the ad school? I'm currently researching for advertising school in UK and came across this forum..LCC was one of my choice and Falmouth too...how's your progress?

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hello there,
i found this forum through my search, i was wondering if someone could help me im in a dilemma here,
whats the best advertising M.A. in the UK?im turning 30 soon is it too late for the M.A.?i have a B.A. in advertising and P.R., with one a half year of advertising experience and 3 years of account managment in a printhouse.so i need advice
Thank You

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Looking at advertising courses i came across advertising and brand management at staffordshire university. Can anyone provide me any information on this course...ratings ect? cheers guys

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well i went to southampton and that was pretty good, but within the industry bucks and watford seem to be the most respected. Anyway you cant really teach creativity, better to go somewhere where you will get great advice on art direction/copywriting etc. Lots of courses are also obsessed with print and tv, make sure you go somewhere that will teach you all media platforms.

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also you can do the miami ad school in london - its situated in the saatchi and saatchi building and is a two year course. tho i dont think you get a degree out of it.

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hi me from india.i am planning to join miami ad school how is it????

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the miami school you have study abroad at the one of the six bases closest being madrid furthest being miami. You cant study at london in first year... I am looking to start but cant get loans to go :( because the credit crunch has hit america hard so they are reluctant to give loans epsecially to international students. Unfair huh..? I'm so up for it looking for company for the loan anyone know any that provide for abroad study? student finance direct only do uk.

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hey guys the falmouth and westherts institutes that have been mentioned in the above posts are they feasible options for foreign students. [PS: i am frm India]

they do look good as far as the course specialisation is considered and I might seriously be thinking about enrolling in one of them for my PG. Are they accredited to any University?

thanks again for the info ...

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Hi there,I look for advertising M.A too.Have you heard about department of advertising,retailing and public relation from MSU(michigan state university)?
they are planning to have the same campus in Dubai...
does anyone have any Idea?

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Hey, i think I can also recommend some of Good design schools in Uk, infact these are online schools which will make the study part more simple for you.

Chk few of them @ http://www.graphicdesignblog.org/graphic-design-schools/

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hi i want to take a training course in advertising, i finished my degree but just want to take a course thats probably for 6 months.
something like this but this ones in malaysia

http://www.95percent.com.my/

if anyone knows of any in nottingham or leicester like a training camp for advertising or something please post a comment on this page thanks

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Hi, i am also interested in masters in advertising in the UK.
IS leeds university better compare to falmouth?
Its quite difficult to get the right uni for postgraduate course until you are already in there...

suggestion pls

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Hi All,

I'm confused about something. No one ever mentioned Manchester Metropolia University. They have a couple of advertising courses. Are they any good? Is this university also good?
I saw the International Creative Advertising Msc.

Please leave your comments.

Thank you.

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Hi,
I have also came across the advertising course provided by MMu in manchester. And also leeds.
Could someone give us some suggestion . The ranking from Leeds on that particular is higher than MMu though.

Comments pls

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hi I want to be in the creative team when i get into an ad agency, which design school do you think i should join to make those awesome print ads we see here in this site ;) propably a PG will do or atleast some design school where i can learn designing in depth... please help :(((( meeeeeee

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i went through the coursework of london school of communication i think for creative westheart or fallmouth sounds perfect do we know anyother goood colleges for art direction / creative advertising. pleaase let me know my name is pratik my email is pratikbhabhalia@gmail.com

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Hi, im interested in studying Advertising and Brand Management but have found that it is only available with Stafordshire (Stoke campus), UCCA (Farnham) and Manchester..does anyone reccomend any of these or know of any other uni's that have this course on offer?

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Leeds College of Art and Design have a Foundation Degree course that lasts two years with the option to do a third year to make it BA Hons degree. Leeds and Glocestershire are known to have the best creative advertising courses that will actually set you up for the real world and they make you think for yourself and turn you into creative people with original ideas as opposed to the rest of them where pretty much all the students produce the same mediocre work because they were told what to do. Leeds has the most connections in the industry and the majority of students go on to get jobs as copywriters and art directors.

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anyone who knows more about Glocestershire advertising university course?

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Birmingham City University

Ba(hons) Visual Communication

They do major in Advertising. They have quite the people there. People who taught Trevor Beattie etc.

regards

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any post grad courses in advertising , particularly cleint servicing, account planning.
especially in uk???

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Hi, I am on the MSC creative advertising in MMU it is good go for it

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i have an offer letter from winchester school of art university of southampton for advertising design management i m just wondering how good is it? please please if u have ne info please let me know

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I have recieved an offer from LCC for undergraduate advertising and marketing.

I had signed up for this course believeing that LCC is a good university but all of a sudden I am unsure.

Is this a good university to graduate from?

Will it offer me a high chance of getting a job after I graduate?

Thank You

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how come the course at west herts is for less than 3,000 punds?
when all other courses are a minimum of 8,000.
am i missing something?

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Maybe it's because a BTEC degree and not a Masters?

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anyone who could help me find post graduate courses for account planning and client servicing in particular. am looking out for schools in UK??

I have a 5 and half months experience in healthcare advertising as an account executive.

Thanks,

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Didn't they shut down this course? (BA Marketing and Advertising at LCC)

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Wow, at first I felt I might've been able to add something to this thread but seems like everyones mentioned most of the best places to study in the UK when it comes to creative advertising. The obvious choice is in London but Falmouth seems to be bandied around a lot when I speak to students about advertising courses.

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hello. i'm from india and i want to do my PG, masters, in creative advertising. the first search result on google was Edinburgh Napier University. I read about the course and it looks good. could you please tell me hows the college? is it any good?
and i'd like to study in London. so please let me know which uni is the best for a masters in advertising. i do not have any job experience.
please help.

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GUYS:

A heads-up here. M.A., was it Famouth ot Westherts, I forget. During 2006, They were willing to accept me JUST on my work experience credentials as an advertiisng writer, in India and the Middle East for 18 plus years.

Wan't to know my highest qualification? High School.

Wan't to know why I explored doing a higher study program? Competition from young, smart guys and gals warmed with a UK or US degree.

(Sigh) that's life.

P.S.
never got to do that M.A. As we used in the land of black gold, "Maafi Fuloos", or in plain Englisg, no money: about 14,000 UK pounds.

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In Edinburgh, Napier University's MSc in Creative Advertising course is apparently quite good. I'm told by a former student there that 50% of the workload is academic which is a real bummer when you just wanna create! The fact that Westhert's College isn't an MA/MSc means for less focus on academic stuff which I'm sure a lot of creatives will be pleased with!

Are there any Central London courses specialising in postgrad courses in creative advertising? Please advise.

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Wow, i like this post. I am also considering about this topic. Thank you all lot! I like Falmouth.

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I may as well have my input here... for anyone who checks out this thread in the future...

Caroline Pay went to Watford (West Herts) - she went on to spend time at BBH, Mother and most recently become CD at Karmarama.

Leon Jaume went to Watford - he is now executive CD at WCRS.

Duncan Marshall went to Watford - he is now CD at Droga5, one of the most innovative agencies in the world at the moment, picking up two black pencils at last years D&Ad awards.

Danny Brooke-Taylor went to Watford - after some time at TBWA Manchester, he is now CD at MCBD, another of London's biggest agencies.

A team who recently graduated from Watford went on to write compare the meerkat - a mere 3 months after graduating! Take that as you will...

In short, Watford has a record for developing top notch creatives. Around 300 people apply each year for only 25 or so places. It's tough to get on, but I imagine it's worth it. For more info visit www.tonycullingham.com

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im an indian resident..I wana do my PG in advertising from uk...plz suggest me the best university , along with the procedure for its admission with details scholarship,hostel system,with educational facilties.. do rply my email id : peppy_pranju@yahoo.in

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Hi am Valerie from Indonesia. I got accepted in both Leeds and Bournemouth University majored in advertising and communication. Which one is the best in the business and has good reputation in the UK as after graduating I would like to find a job there or probably other European countries. Looking forward for your suggestions. Thanx a million. Or if it is possible pls reply to psychovalogy@yahoo.com

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Hey Valrie,

I got into Leeds and Bournemouth as well. I chose Bournemouth though , coz I wanted to a Advertising and communications more than Advertising and business, which Leeds offers. I have heard that if you go to Bournemouth you have to go there for their Media School courses , they are A grade.
How about you ??
I am going to BU for sure, admissions and everything done, just the VISA's remaining.

:-D

Anshula

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wow...all your comments are really going to help me out. I am just about to finish my undergrad studies in Advertising and Broadcast media, and I am currently searching for a University in the UK that offers a Masters Program on Both. does anyone have any info on this??

I am Winnie from Kenya :-)

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Hello there.

I am currently studying the fd/ba creative advertising degree at Leeds college of art. Which I enjoy. But I'd like to do a masters, to specifically target a more intense design and advertising learning.

I saw the falmouth MA, but I'm worried it's pretty much what I learn on my degree now. So I'm worried that if I do an advertising design/creative advertising masters, that it'd be money wasted.

I 'think' I want to be a creative, but I wonder if a more marketing based masters might just help me get a job (more rounded knowledge if you know what I mean.

Help! ha

Lauren x

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Hi there,

i am interested in advertising research (masters degree) and wondering which Uni offers some courses in this direction. I found some, offering marketing communication programmes which includes marketing/advertising research but very seldom.

do you know about something?

cheers

Denise

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im planning on doing my masters in advertising. im from india. i did my bachelors in mass media. im confused bout creative or more of account planning an dclient servicing.
for creative i fell in love with falmouth. but is it just the looks and the hteory or is it really good enough to guarantee you a job in advertising in london or other european countries.
i wanna know the best college to do this course if i want an assured job with a good ad agency right after i finish the course.
which college is most industry approved and has the most contacts and will be utmost help and advantage totheir students in everyway.
i need to know views on this asap since i want to apply without wastin gany further time.
my email id is nishrinpatanwala@hotmail.com
please get back to me.
itll be of great help.
thank you

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Hi all,

I am a b-tech graduate with 3 years of work experience in IT. But am interested strongly to change my career line with masters in advertisment and public relations.
Please guide me about the same..for the best university or college(s) in advertisment + PR..am interested in both creativity+ communications (or convincing skills).

regards,
sachu (india)

Pls reply me at:
sachu.gandotra@gmail.com
thanks!

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Has anyone considered Goldsmiths in London? I'm not very well researched, but several friends from London told me about it.

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i had gone through many colleges and finally deciding to go to edinberg napier university scotland
it offers masters in advertising

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Bucks Ad School all the way.

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Hola amigos,

I'm a Spanish student and I'm looking for a Creative Advertising master's degree program. It's really important that it be in London or very close to the city. Do you know of any programs there?

Thanks!!

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Hi...THANX for wonderful comments!!

I would like to have some advice about PG in advertising! in UK. I'm planing to start my PG in advertising @ bucks-new uni..Is there anyone who is doing the course or finished the course...or anyone could advice me on this....plz tell whether this is good when it comes to finding a job in London. also I am from Asia & would it be a problem to find a job after completing the studies in the UK?
what about other uni s for PG in advertising closer to London?

THANX!!!!!!

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Could you help me.. I just finished my Diploma of Advertising and I'm looking for a Bachelor/ Undergraduate of Advertising in Northern England.. does any body know where can i find the best Univ. in that area??

Thanks

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Hi
I'm currently working for a marketing agency as a marketing co-ordinater but i desperately want to go into copywriting. Wondered what would be my best route? as i waould ideally like to go to an ad school or something but i'm just not to sure.
Any help would be much appreciated

Thanks

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Hey, i have been a copywriter for about a year and a half now and its been pretty greats. I am however looking fro ways to get better, what do you recommend, are there programes i can enroll in. I'm thinking of West Herts diploma in copywriting. what do you guys think? Are there other shorter but effective programmes (6 months) need help ASAP

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Creative Advertising at University of Lincoln is the place to be, past graduates are among the most successful creative teams within London.

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Best school is a book... written by an Englishman! (not me) http://amzn.to/AaWcTy

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I am going to get shot down here because I happen to be the dean at School of Communication Arts in London.

But if you are looking for the school where every student wins top placements at top agencies........

And if you are looking for the school where there are 24 students but 500+ teachers.......

And if you are looking for the school where students work on real briefs.......

And if you are looking for the school with more books in Cream than any other school in the world last year......

..... then there is only one top school in the UK.

(and I happen to be the dean there. Get in touch to visit us any time)

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@ sca2dean. With all due respect sir, your course is a Diploma. As an international student, it means we are not allowed to do part-time jobs as per Uk visa policy. Which is a huge bummer for students who need to do part-time jobs to survive, especially in London. Also you have no scholarships available for international students. Otherwise your course is great

P.s: I'd applied to your school and got selected. But couldn't because of the same reasons. :(

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I think the choice for International Students who want to do Masters is between Falmouth, Edinburgh Napier, MMU and Bucks. Falmouth is good but far from London where most magic happens. Same is with Napier. About MMU, I've heard that getting in it is pretty easy and it lacks quality. And from what I've heard here and from my research, Bucks is a good choice.

But in the end, all that matters is how hard you work.

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I'm thinking of studying abroad/student exchange for ½-1 year in the UK in an Advertising BA program. The options I'm thinking about are London College of Communication, Falmouth, Leicester/De Montfort University, Bucks and Bournemouth. Does anyone have any insight on De Monfort University? The closer to London the University the better as I think it will turn out the be an advance. In an agency I think I'll be most suitable as a planner.

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As the CO of Divine Advertising I have interviewed thousands of graduates from universities around the world. To be honest the learning cycle of most courses is just theory and very little real work is provided. You have to think about what you want. If its a degree, choose one of the many universities, however if its employment at the end of your study, choose a portfolio school whose classes are taught by industry professionals and NOT teachers. Most teachers are failed advertising professionals. Those who can do, those who can't teach! Sorry for the bluntness, but it's mostly true. The Miami Ad School is Great (Miami campus) if in Europe the choices are hard. There is a new portfolio school opening in Cyprus this year run by Divine Advertising in Limassol, all classes will be taught by working professionals and the 2 year course will be for creative Directors portfolio establishment. When you go for your first interview, the selection will be based on your portfolio, way you think and potential you may have.

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Miami Ad School is the first thing I'll do, but right after my MA in Advertising and Design at Leeds University or Bucks.
Which one do you recommend? and what about Falmouth?
Thank you (:

May all your dreams come true.

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I agree with George T - and there is one post that everyone here has ignored - a guy posted 'Watford'. That used to be the only ad school in England worth going to (although Manchester and LCP had their moments though those courses no longer exist) though I think it's now been absorbed into a college of some kind, so it's worth checking if it's still run by pros. D&AD used to run a course taught by working creatives in agencies. Other than that university courses are generally a waste of time. in 25 years working in the business I never hired someone with a university degree in creative advertising, unless they'd been to a portfolio centre or Miami afterwards, to unlearn the bollocks they'd been taught by teachers with little or no experience of working in the business.

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So its 2015 EVERYBODY!!! lol

HAS ANYONE DECIDED AND FINISHED yet ??? ..LOL :D

I am looking to study abroad in the UK as well. I haven't decided on a Uni yet, but I am interested in going to postgraduate school for Advertising and Marketing Communications (i currently work for a Multimedia Broadcasting company) SO IT WOULD BE GREAT! or Art Direction and Copy Writing. I really want to improve in both aspects as far as working in the digital marketing world and as well as to hone my own design skills.

Two that have my eye are Bucks and Leeds. I am open to advice/suggestions. Anyone Please Help! Thank You!

Also, I would like to be located near London..Thx!

Go for it!

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No man, there are plenty of creative schools there,
but they're not solely dedicated to advertising, like VCA and Miami Ad School.
Tell me, do you have a BA in any subject?

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It's rather awesome,I have been searching relate to these stuffs for me .And it really helps me. Post that appeared good enough to be read so that adds to knowledge when reading

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Hi everyone, I'd like to ask about transferring to Falmouth University to study Creative Advertising. I am currently first year student studying management and marketing and I don't have any experience or portfolio. Any chance that I could apply to FU?

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Hello. Great topic, it helped a lot. I saw an intresting postgraduate program and I wonder if there is anyone who can share some info about it. Bath spa university, advertising practice. Thanks in advance!

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Hi All,

This is a bit biased, because I run the place. But School of Communication Arts in London is now rated as the leading advertising school in the UK and, possibly, in the world.

It won 12 D&AD Pencils this year, which puts it at the top of the league table.

Most students get jobs at top agencies very, very quickly.

It has an unusual learning model. 36 students and over 800 teachers (all of whom work in the industry). Students learn by working on live briefs, getting constant crits. Have a look at the website to get a feel for the course.

If you want to have a chat to find out more, I'm always happy to take your call. Most of my former students will also be happy to talk to you on Twitter or email. You can find most of them through the school website.

Wherever you go, good luck. You are heading towards the most exciting industry at the most exciting time!

All the best
marc

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ioannis
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Anyone can give a review about Bournemouth Un,i MA Advertising ? How was it ? Do they have enough connections to the industry? Any help would be great guys.
Thank you in advance.

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I doubt if any advertising school in UK or anywhere in the world can inculcate "creativity" in you. It is something you should be owning inside your heart. If you think you have the creativity which needs to be polished then join advertising school.

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