Monday, January 28, 2008

London advertising school

Creative education. Undoubtedly, there are great courses here in London to learn the craft and essence of creative advertising. Both of us graduated from Bucks, and we talk a lot about the course – what it gave us and where it lacked. The other top courses in Britain (=London?) are Central St Martins and Watford.

Now we received an email last week from a caring father from Italy who wants his son to attend a creative advertising school in London, not a bad idea we agree. He wrote:

'I would like to ask your advice for a top undergraduate course in Creative Advertising in London area. My son English mother tongue, now 19, but living in Italy is a very creative person born with this gift. His dream is to become an advertising art director. He has just completed Art School Diploma in Italy specialized in Visual Graphics. We have some confusion for the best choice in view that we have to apply soon for 3 choices with UK education system. These are the ones we have identified of course if any better suggestions is always welcomed.
  • Central St. Martins
  • Buck New University based in High Wycombe
Which would be the other 3rd good choice ?'

Looks very like he made his homework and is spot on with the first two choices. What shall the third one be? We would say Fallmouth, as they seem to produce good people as well recently. Would you agree? What would your third choice be? Any ideas on the Gloucester University? Other tips?

Remember, the Watford course is out of question as it is a post-graduate course.

Certainly, graduating from a top course helps, but it's not everything, it's always up to your initiative, no matter what course you're from. For me, more intriguing but out of reach, are other places that seem to be leading the field of creative eduction. Alternative and non-UK places like WK12, VCU Brandcenter and Fabrica – that's where the fun seems to happen. Also MiamiAdSchool, they seem to be in a transitional place from advertising school into a place where you can learn to 'change pop culture', a big claim yet interesting.

Although I reckon they are all more post-post-graduate courses. Maybe even post-first job courses.


Anonymous said...

Well... depending on his diploma he might still qualify for Watford. Wish i did a bit of watford.

Love that squigly thing by the url... very very cool.

Oh and for a bit of fun, hit control alt apple 8. Your blog looks groovy in reverse!
Happy tue

theothercreatives said...

The Falmouth course is a postgrad, recently made an MA so he's probably better off with the first two choices.

proxikid said...

I say, if he can't make his first choice he should just give up. become an aprentice to a good graphic designer in italy after a year move on to Fabrica and then if he still feels he'd benefit form a BA, go back to scm.
Bucks sucks- it's in the middle of no man's land. ;) nothing creative happens so far away from the city. waste of time. But saying that, so is the first year of csm, unless you're clueless as to what you want to do.

p.s. why on earth are you wasting your time with tomato fiction? wouldnt'it be so much funnier and cooler if you portayed different agencies and people there? wouldn't that be more up your street?

Anonymous said...

What about the Lincoln University BA in Creative Advertising? Any good? Isn't a CSM tutor there?? (Zelda?)

oxi, csm is not everything, there is life outside of holborn, woooo…

tomato fiction actually is quite nice so far, judge it after you see it, k?

but, a short about egoistic art directors is in the writing.

Anonymous said...

fred, great tip, looks kool! why do you wish to do a bit of watford? you should hava had enough at csm :D

Anonymous said...

Yeah loved CSM, but would like to have skipped the first year and done a year at Watford afterwards.

Just better writing and strategy skills. Half of what you get taught at CSM is planners job. But necessary for our job.

Have a flick through the apple shortcuts list. There's some really one ones in there.

proxikid said...

oh, please, Zelda is not everything.
there were better tutors at csm.
and the guy sai he wants to be an art director not a copywriter.

Adsurd said...

i say not do advertising.. but interactive or digital design.. even better architecture... even better history, even better send him to study in the U.S.
VCU is great ad school, but RISD, PARSONS,PRATT are great...



Anonymous said...

magic my friend, thats what it all about, isnt it?

Anonymous said...

hey guys.. i was just flippin through some ad blogs suggested by a creative of saatchi & saatchi and saw the same words used in the email my dad had wrote.. He is really caring and even if i was sending emails around to get some help. he did the same too.
I finally sent in my UCAS application . 1st choice CSM 2nd choice BUCKS 3rd Gloucester uni. BA Advertising. suggested Dave Morris (ex. prof. Bucks)

Now we gotta wait for those replys!!! xD

btw Cool blog!!! molto bello!!

Anonymous said...

i am looking to go bucks to study advertising this coming year... however sounds like csm is better? I cant seem to find BA advertising course at CSM do they do one?

newoctavian said...

it could sound naive, but I was wondering if I could get an offer from Bucks or any other Uni, if I don't have a creative academic background. I have studied Business Studies, but I do have some practical experience. I did some small projects with some european agencies...

Unknown said...


Could you please give me some other information about this creative school?

Advertising Programs

Anonymous said...

Bit late - but they should have checked out The School of Communication Arts in London, its new and its pretty good.