Build Your Own Brand

If you’re a student in Western New York interested in the world marketing and advertising, AAF Buffalo is an invaluable resource. Not only are events like Skillshops perfect chances to learn and make connections with bigwigs in the area (at a discounted rate, no less), but we also offer opportunities tailored specifically to students. We even offer a few annual scholarships. So what are you waiting for? Become a student member today!

We’ve put together a handy list of AAF Buffalo events for the whole school year so you have no excuses not to mark your calendar. Build your personal brand, learn, network, and shake hands with your future coworkers, colleagues, and bosses.


SEPTEMBER
September 28 | 1pm: Agency Tour (Main Street)
register now!
Six Agencies. One Afternoon. Agency Tour.
Have you ever wanted to see what an ad agency is really like? What all this stuff you’re learning in school is going to amount to?
We’re partnered with some of the top agencies in town and they’ve agreed to open their doors to let us behind the scenes to see what they’re really like.
Join us for this exclusive behind the scenes tour! This event is open to college students with an interest in advertising, marketing, and communications.

Participating Agencies: Luminus, Crowley Webb, Mower, The Martin Group, dPost, Block Club

Registration is limited and we expect that it will fill up fast.


NOVEMBER
November 10 | 9am: Portfolio Seminar

Portfolio Series Part 1: Pro Panel
Join a panel of design professionals and last year’s AAF Student Portfolio Review winner for invaluable insight on the industry and getting your portfolio ready for interviews so you can land that internship or dream job. This event is open to college students with a focus on design, illustration, and visual communications.

Panelists include: Chrissy Payne, Creative Director, Mr Smith Agency; Daniel Bell, Newbird, Owner; Francesca Bubb, 2018 Portfolio Review Winner


JANUARY
American Advertising Awards
Student Entry Submission Deadline

Brand Hack
Get ready for Buffalo’s design “Hack-a-thon”!
Gather a team of fellow students who have talents in a variety of disciplines – ranging from design to copywriting to marketing – and create a branded campaign for a local non-profit. Teams will have 5 hours to develop their branded campaign. At the end, you will present to our panel of judges and they will pick their favorite campaign. Gain real world experience in the advertising industry in a fun and competitive setting!


FEBRUARY
American Advertising Awards

Preview Night


MARCH
American Advertising Awards

Awards Night

Spring Agency Tour


APRIL
Don Nichols Scholarship

Entries Due
Open to Western New York undergraduates in design, writing, communications, illustration, photography, or fine arts. Click here for full details.

Student Portfolio Review


JOIN THE CLUB! 2018/19 STUDENT MEMBERSHIP IS ONLY $15 Click here to sign up

HOW STUDENTS CAN GET INVOLVED:
AAF Buffalo, affectionately known as the “Ad Club of Buffalo,” is the largest and most diverse organization of marketing and communications professionals in Western New York. Our mission is to educate, connect, and inspire a creative community that is dedicated to building businesses small and large, near and far.