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As you're starting your application for the Masters In Branding program, we want to help make it as easy as possible to complete the process.
When you start your application, there is a list of items you need to mail in or write before your application is considered complete and we're able to review it. Below, you'll find some tips related to each item. Please visit our requirements page for more details about each item.
Writing Sample / Brand Evaluation
— This is a 750-word essay critiquing a brand of your choice. Subject matter should include: relevance in the market, historical significance (if any), assessment of the brand’s positioning & creative analysis. Remember to consider the amount of time needed to revise and proofread your writing.
— This is an optional but a highly encouraged portion of the application. This is a written statement of intent outlining why you would like to receive this degree, what you hope to achieve during your course of study and what the concept of “branding” means to you. (500-750 words)
— Be sure to make this easy to read and understand. This should include professional experience as well as related activities such as research, awards, and exhibitions
Letters of Recommendation
— These are taken very seriously for our applicants; each one is read. Take into consideration the time it will take for the people you ask to write their letters. It is important to speak with the person you're going to ask to recommend you beforehand, so they know to expect the request from SVA.
Official College Transcripts
— If you've been out of school for awhile, remember to consider the holiday break when requesting transcripts from your undergraduate university.
Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts
— Foreign transcripts may require more time to be translated and received. Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the United States must prove that their educational background is equivalent to the U.S. Bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be evaluated by), ECE (http://www.Ece.Org/) or WES (http://www.Wes.Org/)
For more information visit International Students page
Proof of English Proficiency
Consider the amount of time to study and take the test. Test results are good for up to two years.
— Though not required for our application, if you're going to include it, remember the amount of time it will take to create a memorable package of your work. We also suggest standard sizes, ideally not larger than A4/Letter.
To ensure smooth delivery, be sure to send all required materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Only supplemental materials, such as portfolios, should be mailed directly to the department or emailed to email@example.com
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
DO I NEED A DESIGN BACKGROUND TO APPLY?
No, not necessarily. We are looking for candidates that have a passion for strategic thinking as well as a multitude of cross-disciplinary interests. We look for both creative and analytical thinkers. Many of our students are from non-design backgrounds.
DO I NEED A BUSINESS DEGREE TO APPLY?
No, however, candidates should be curious and dedicated to understanding the business of branding, marketing, and design.
CAN I WORK FULL TIME & TAKE THE PROGRAM?
Yes. This program has been designed for working professionals.
WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD?
Courses take place in the evenings, Monday-Friday, 6:30pm–9pm. Some courses, including short-intensives and workshops, may take place occasionally during the day or weekends.
CAN I TAKE THIS COURSE REMOTELY?
This is a full-time program, and courses are not offered remotely. Studio courses and social aspects of the program are central to its culture and require students be present for its success.
HOW MANY STUDENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?
There will be 23 - 27 students per year.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE JOBS I MIGHT EXPECT TO GET WHEN I GRADUATE?
Market Research Associate
Corporate Communications Manager
Marketing Services Associate
For more examples, visit our success stories page and find out more about what our alumni have been up to.