HOT! Small Talk Big Ideas One More Time

Join us Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00 A.M. PDT, and meet John Paul Napleton from Mother New York. Working with some of the most influential brands in the industry, JP excels at connecting creatives with clients.

Update: If you missed the talk, watch the recording now.

Small Talk & Big Ideas Returns

Yes, our industry speaker series is back, albeit in work-from-home-friendly form. Join us Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 A.M. PDT, and meet Aisha Ann Hakim, Sr. Art Director, Venables Bell + Partners. She has been named one of the top 30 most creative women in advertising, judged the One Show judge, and founded Fellow—the first woman-to-woman advertising professional community. Have your questions about starting a career in uncertain times ready and click through to the Zoom room.

Small Talks & Big Ideas Tomorrow!

Need a break from finals? Come by tomorrow, 12/17 at the 5th floor gallery @ 11:00am. We’ll be hosting Austin O’Connor, an Associate Creative Director at Heat (advertising, not basketball). Meet this top-level creative who avoids making ads that feel like ads. Steal his tricks on landing dream jobs and winning tons of awards. Not only has he won them himself, but he has also managed to lead students to 4 Pencils and 15 Merits in the One Show. Hope to see you there!

Meet Derek Man Liu, Creative at Wieden + Kennedy on Tuesday, October 8

We’re excited to announce the Small Talk Big Ideas speaker series. Creatives from the industry will share their success stories and answer your questions.

Join us for the kick-off event Tuesday, October 8, 11:00 A.M. Derek Man Liu (ADV BFA 2009), Creative at Wieden + Kennedy London will be with us at 180 New Montgomery, 5th floor gallery. Stop by to learn how an American copywriter built a successful international career at top agencies in Beijing, Shanghai and now London.

ADV + WNM Potluck Social / Town Hall Meeting Next Friday 9/27!



We hope you’ve had a smooth transition to the Fall 2019 semester! We’re hosting a department potluck next Friday, September 27th @1:30pm on the 5th floor Gallery of 180 New Montgomery to officially welcome you all back and mingle with faculty & fellow students! Bring any yummy dish or beverage (no alcohol, please) to share and feast with everyone.

Please stick around immediately after the potluck @ 2:00p-3:00p for the ADV + WNM Town Hall meeting. We want to keep everyone updated on what’s happening in our department, and answer any questions/concerns. Plus our Chief Academic Officer Sue Rowley will swing by and say hello. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Sign Up for the 2019 One Club Creative Bootcamp!

Competition season has begun again, and what better way to kick it off than by participating in this year’s One Club Creative Bootcamp? Work in teams alongside art directors, copywriters and strategists to create an awesome campaign in four days. Creative professionals will be around to help mentor you throughout the intensive workshop.

Event dates are October 1-4, and breakfast and lunch are provided!

Don’t be shy, sign up and get those creative juices flowin’ (before it’s too late).

Share Your Creative Writing to Win a Cash Prize

If you keep a journal full of slam poetry or write short stories in your free time, this contest was meant for you. Enter the Page One literary performance contest for this Friday, April 26 from 6:00-9:00pm. The sign up sheets and event will be held at the AAU Library on the 6th floor of 180 New Montgomery. First place winners will receive $100 and second place winners get $50 for each category. The categories available are:

  • Fiction
  • Memoir/Creative
  • Non-Fiction
  • Poetry/Spoken Word

Entry is limited to the first ten students, so sign up sooner than later. If you don’t wish to enter the contest, feel free to attend to watch others perform and snack on free food. If you have any questions about the event or contest rules, visit the AAU Library Circulation Desk. Good luck and have fun!

Creative Jam is Back: Bigger than Ever & Hosted at Adobe HQ!

Time to get your Jam on! March 6th is a special night of creation, competition, and inspiration at Adobe HQ at 601 Townsend. Free to register, just for you. Sign up to compete or attend today!

Get Your 15 Seconds of Fame

Wanna be an extra for a national commercial? We know you’re used to creating ads, now you can be in one. Next Wednesday, September 26th @ 5:00pm, Grammarly will be shooting AAU social media and fashion journalism instructor Stephan Rabimov for their next commercial for national distribution. Stephan has invited ADV students to help recreate a class environment at 180 New Montgomery Rm. 505 with Stephan “teaching” the class. Come dressed like you’re prepared to post a classy picture of you at the MoMA on Instagram. Or going to interview at a chill ad agency. First come first served until the classroom is full!

If you need any more convincing, it’s rumored this ad could get 100 million views. You could be as popular as a Drake music video. See you there.

AD2SF Event: Make Opportunity Equal

AD2SF invites you to join speakers from Tesla, LinkedIn, Periscope Data & Neo on Thursday, September 20. The panel will focus on how individuals can impact and grow diversity and inclusion initiatives in their organizations. They’ll explore the perceptions people have versus the reality of diversity in the tech industry today and, more importantly, how others have already made an impact in their organizations.

The evening filled with food, drinks, and inspiring stories directly benefits local nonprofit, Hack the Hood, which has developed an innovative model for introducing low-income youth of color to careers in the tech industry. As an Academy of Art student, you can get $5 off individual tickets with STUDENTDISCOUNT promotional code.