From Instagram videos to Snapchat stories and TV commercials, advertising art directors are idea generators and brand storytellers.
In the BFA Advertising program, students focus on conceiving and creating the kind of ad campaigns you see across media channels, including print, broadcast, interactive, mobile, social, video-sharing, other screen-based media, out-of- home media (outdoor, public), and unconventional media.
The curriculum includes a design foundation — design theory, liberal arts and art history — and major courses in advertising design, branding, interactive design, mobile media for advertising, animation for storytelling, and state-of-the-art tech, such as AR (augmented reality) and 360 video storytelling.
At the Robert Busch School of Design, I learned the importance of collaboration and the benefit of hands-on experience. I graduated with three internships under my belt and a portfolio that demonstrated my wide set of design skills and landed my dream job as a Junior Art Director at FCB Health.
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I transferred here in 2016 and never regretted a day since. The professors are great mentors who both challenge and motivate you to be the best you can be. There are plenty of opportunities to work with (and learn from) your fellow creatives, and network with Kean alumni and professionals. I’ve grown so much during my time here.
Kean graphic design graduates are working at companies such as Disney, Droga5, Google, Ogilvy, McCann, Grey Worldwide, R/GA, We Are Social, Weber Shandwick, Big Spaceship, Publicis, KBS+P, Brandfirst, Saatchi, Euro RSCG, Havas, Huge, FCB, Neon, Area23, H4B Chelsea, IDEO.org, and many others. Their titles include:
- Junior Art Director
- Art Director
- Design Director
- UX UI Designer
- Mobile app designer
- Front-end Developer
- Social Media Strategist/Designer
- Brand Strategist
- Creative Director
- Branded Content Creator
- Brand Design
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Through the incredible networking possibilities and events that Robert Busch School of Design provides and encourages, I was able to meet a recruiter that landed me in McCann as a junior art director. I now work on global brands, taking the vast knowledge and inspiration from my time at RBSD to a mass-market level.
A group of Kean University students and recent alumni participated in Here Are All The Black People, One Club's annual multicultural career fair and conference for advertising students and professionals of all levels. Pictured from left to right: Gabriela Ulloa, Jeff Phan '18, Mawaddah Nawar, Michael Goubadia '18, Magdalene Torres '18, Fraz Mahmood '18, Kyle Bolton '18, Eric Grullon '18, Omar Inca and Yangan (Van) Zhou '18. Learn more here.
I would be nothing without my professors at Robert Busch School of Design. They helped me find my true calling. I have learned that if you keep your eyes and ears open and your phone down, and if you are punctual and speak up, greatness will await you.
Founded in 1944, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 352 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/design-related endeavors.
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