UndergraduateGraduateContinuing EducationSpecial ProgramsAboutAdmissionsAlumniStudents

BFA Advertising students at SVA work with industry leaders to develop critical thinking along with execution skills such as typography, digital production and design. As they advance through the curriculum, students move from working on single ads to developing entire campaigns in traditional and digital formats, developing a portfolio that demonstrates their grasp of various creative roles, from art direction and copywriting to typography and television commercials. Select courses meet at the agencies of faculty members, all of whom are working professionals, and fourth-year advertising students gain automatic membership to the Art Directors Club and The One Club.

2016 – 2017 student population

161 matriculated students

Department chair

Richard Wilde (founder, SVA BFA Design; Hall of Fame laureate, Art Directors Club and The One Club)

Some notable faculty members

Gideon Amichay (cartoonist, communication artist, writer and former chief creative officer and joint managing partner, Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R), Frank Anselmo (executive creative director, KNARF New York), David Arnold (executive creative director, Pereira & O'Dell), Sung Chang, (CCO, MRM, McCann East), Mark DiMassimo (founding partner, CEO, chief creative officer, DiMassimo Goldstein), Craig Gillespie (director, Lars and the Real Girl, United States of Tara), Bob Giraldi (film and TV director and principal, Giraldi Media), James Kuczynski (creative lead, Zocdoc), Bob Mackall (former executive creative director, DDB Needham), Jack Mariucci (president and creative director, M&M Creative Group), Thomas Shim, (global creative director, Young & Rubicam), Tal Shub (associate creative director, R/GA)

Some notable alumni

Molly Adler (creative director, BBDO), Matthew Ammarati (founding partner, chief creative officer, Ammarati), David Arnold (executive creative director, Pereira & O'Dell), Jayson Atienza, (creative director, art director, artist), Roger Camp (founding partner, chief creative officer, Camp & King), Jason Campbell (creative at Wieden + Kennedy), Andrew Christou (executive creative director, Publicis USA), Pete Favat (chief creative officer Deutsch, Los Angeles), Justin Gignac (co-founder, Working Not Working), Craig Gillespie (film director), James Kuczynski (creative lead, Zocdoc),  Stephen Landsberg (founding partner and chief creative officer, Grok), Tal Midyan, (senior art director, Spotify), Todd Seisser (principal, Todd Seisser creative services), Thomas Shim, (global creative director, Young & Rubicam), Tal Shub (associate creative director, R/GA), Je Seok Yi (creative director at large, Ad Man of the Year Award winner, Seoul Advertising and Public Relations Club)

Some up-and-coming alumni

Jonas Christiansen (product designer, Facebook), Camilo De Galofre (senior art director, Droga5), Jisoo Delilah Kim (art director, BBDO Worldwide), Taejun Park (art director, J. Walter Thompson, New York).

Student exhibitions and publications

The department hosts a portfolio review attended by studio representatives from around the country. Student work is showcased in Senior Library, an annual publication, an annual exhibition at the Art Directors Club, School of Visual Arts and a screening of advertising projects at the SVA Theatre. The department also participates in the annual One Club for Art & Copy Student Exhibition held in May. 

More information

SVA Admissions: 212.592.2100 | [email protected]

Media requests

SVA Communication: 212.592.2010 | [email protected]


209 East 23 Street, New York, NY 10010-3994 | Tel 212.592.2010 | Fax 212.929.0325 | sva.edu

School of Visual Arts | 209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 | Tel: 212.592.2000 | Fax: 212.725.3587