Strategy and Planning Bootcamp12 Intensive Weeks | 20 Industry Instructors | 1 Live Client
Spring: March 2 – May 22 2020
Fall: Sept 1 – Nov 24 2020
Strategist As A Career
If you love to people watch, nerd out over big data, and hate to take no for an answer, you just might be a strategist. With your knack for research, natural sense of curiosity, and a touch of stubbornness, you are the ultimate problem solver. Not only do you have the unique ability to analyze any client request and transform it into a coherent brief, but you’re also a key player when it comes to shaping a brand’s identity.
“I think that people that are deep thinkers, people who always want to ask the question ‘Why’, people who aren’t satisfied with the superficial answer they might get to a question should take this program.”
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Become a Strategist
Our Strategy and Planning Bootcamp is a 12-week program taught by leading industry professionals at the top of their game. The course is divided into lectures, portfolio work, campaign development, and engaging Toolbox sessions. Each module introduces you to a new topic, while workshop sessions allow you to put your skills to the test. By the end of the program, you deliver a pitch to a real live client and walk away with a professionally-vetted portfolio of strategic campaigns.
“If you want to learn how to become a strategist, you should talk to the ones that are really doing it and that’s the beauty of this program”
“I’ve taken a lot of the thinking from these amazing instructors and applied it directly into my work as a strategist.”
“Graduating with a MAS certificate in hand proved that I had the capabilities to begin my journey in the industry, especially as we were able to build a solid portfolio of projects.”
Ashmita Dutta Ray
“It’s helped solidify myself in my current role as a strategist. My coworkers have even mentioned how impressed they are with the skills I picked up in the Bootcamp.”
“The instructors and mentors’ passion, diverse experience, and support made every class interesting and engaging. It was a once in a lifetime experience to be in an open forum with such creative and influential people.”
“It was both a humbling and gratifying experience to work with industry professionals.”
A crash course in strategy, its origins, how it works, and the methods used.
RESEARCH (QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE)
Learn how to use the tools around you and better understand the ones you’ve used in the past
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CLIENT’S CHALLENGES
Ask the right questions to turn small client asks into big ideas.
Base your understanding and recommendations on facts and develop an insight that nobody can argue with.
Cut through the noise and write a rock-solid brief that is integral to a successful campaign.
IDEATION AND WORKING WITH CREATIVES
Work closely with creatives to prove that collaboration is more than just a buzzword.
Bring together different mediums in the form of an easily digestible plan that a client can actually understand.
MEASURING IMPACT THROUGH DATA
Put your money where your mouth is and validate the work you’ve done by measuring its impact.
Learn to cater to today’s clients with revolutionary ideas that will ensure lasting success.
LIVE CLIENT ENGAGEMENT
Work through the chaos to put together an integrated campaign to pitch to a real live client.
Each student will present their portfolio case studies to a Strategy director in a job interview setting. The students will receive feedback and a grade based on the content in their portfolio and their ability to present their work during the interview.
- New Thinking
- Google Toolbox
- Weekly Pitch & Critique
- The Brand Called You
- Improv & Standup Comedy
- Exploring Career Avenues
- Agency Exposure Visits
Real Client. Real Brief. Real Pitch.
In the final month of the program, you be briefed by a real client on a real challenge. Using your new skillset you will help research and strategize a solution, work with creatives to bring your strategy to life, and pitch to the client. You’ll also work with mentors, instructors and the client throughout the process.
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Dates and Weekly Schedule
The bootcamp will in both the Spring and Fall of 2020:
Spring: 12 weeks from March 2 – May 22 2020. Application Deadline is February 1st 2020
Fall: 12 weeks from Sept 1 – Nov 24 2020. Application Deadline is July 1st 2020
Tuesdays 6-9pm (Alternating Weeks)
Pitch and Critique
Sunday and Monday
Past Program Instructors
Director of Strategy & Experience
Chief Strategy Officer
Former Head of Global Strategy
Crispin Porter & Bogusky
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Group Strategy Director
Chief Strategy Officer
Work you can show off
Top Industry Mentors
Work with Creatives
Master the Pitch
Pitch every week to sharpen your skills
Tuition for the Strategy & Planning Bootcamp is $9000CDN (for both domestic and international students) and is due one week prior to the beginning of classes, as well as a $100 application fee. Scholarships and payment plans are available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Ontario will compensate independent businesses between 70-85% of tuition costs – meaning you’ll only pay $1350-$2700 for 12 weeks of training! (This grant is only available to ontario businesses training employees – contact email@example.com for more information).
Applicants are accepted on the basis of an interview, references and an appraisal of their application. You must have prior experience and education in related advertising/marketing fields. Please contact our Admissions Director to see if you are eligible by sending a copy of your most updated resume (or LinkedIn profile). Note: the program is capped at 20 students.
Applicants are accepted on the basis of an interview, references and an appraisal of their application.
- Enrolment Contract.
- Current Resume demonstrating your experience.
- Creative exercise to complete.
- One original letter of recommendation from professional or academic reference.
- A copy of two valid forms of ID – drivers license, passport, birth certificate or PR Card.
- A copy of the highest diploma achieved or official transcript from the school last attended.
- Administrative fee of $100.
Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to apply.
March 2020 Applications
September 2020 Applications
Start Your Strategy Career
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