Spring 2021 ADV/WNM Director Online Town Hall

Our virtual town hall is coming up, Tuesday, March 9th @ 4:00pm PST. If you want to get to know your directors, other classmates, and/or have a question regarding your department please attend! 

To participate, register here: https://art.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FQR17TPDTEqL0ByxetEHEg

If you have any issues accessing the Zoom Webinar, please contact the Online Help Desk:

Email: online@academyart.edu   Phone: 415.618.3545 or 1.888.431.ARTS 

Spring 2021 Office Hours

We hope your spring semester is off to a good start! If you’re itching to attend your co-directors’ or full-time faculty’s virtual office hours, you’ve come to the right place. Even if you don’t have any of them as instructors this semester, we still encourage any student to use these resources for help and/or feedback. If you have any general questions regarding your department, or not sure who to specifically ask, you’re welcome to email advertising@academyart.edu. 

Andrea Pimentel: https://art.zoom.us/s/4244937250

Fred McHale: https://art.zoom.us/my/fmchale2

Mark Edwards: https://art.zoom.us/my/medwards2

Terry Jones: https://art.zoom.us/j/6094220033

DC Scarpelli: https://art.zoom.us/my/dcscar

D&AD Submissions Now Open!

D&AD submissions are open, so now is a great time to polish up your work. Incase you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the cliff notes: International competition. 17 briefs. Big name brands. 

Don’t worry, if you didn’t know or forgot, you still have time to knock a brief out of the park. Visit their site here to take a look. If you have projects ready to submit, please enter them through our Google form by March 5th, 11:59pm PST: https://forms.gle/jpzqxqbTxuTRPwy3A

You are required to have your directors evaluate your work and approve the submission in order to have your entry fees sponsored. 

If you have any questions/concerns please email newmedia@academyart.edu. 

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity

BLAC (Building Leaders and Creators) is accepting internship applications for the summer. Their mission is to bring more young, Black creatives in advertising, and several agencies across the US are involved, including barrett sf. This is a paid 8-week internship from May 17 – July 16. Applications are open until February 26. Read more about the internship, agencies involved, and submission instructions at https://www.blacinternship.com/. Good luck! 

Get Computer Assistance From Mac Lab This Semester

If you need help on your Mac or PC regarding setting up Adobe programs, learning software, or minor IT issues, the AAU Mac Lab is here to help! They will provide their online services Feb 8th – May 29th this semester. Use the Zoom link shown to connect with them. Have a great spring semester! 


Work with VW or NASA in Cross-Departmental Collab Class this Spring

This spring semester there are two exciting corporate sponsor classes ADV and WNM can apply to join! You will work on cross-discipline teams, receive feedback directly from clients, and have a fantastic portfolio piece. These classes are challenging, and require director approval. 

Please check below if you’re eligible, and email your advisor if you are interested in enrolling.

IND 494 01 Corporate Sponsor: VW 

(ADV and WNM eligible)

Work on an auto project with Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Fashion, Architecture, and Interior Design students on 

IND 494 04 Corporate Sponsor: NASA

(WNM eligible)

Work on Astrobee robots with Industrial Design, Graphic Design, and Game Development students. 

Last semester’s work example: https://www.audiglobal2050.com/

Sign Up For Young & Hungry Creative Lab!

The rumors are all true. Young & Hungry Creative Lab is happy to announce two new long term projects with Red Bull and the Chinese Historical Society! Yes, we know, we’re kind of a big deal now.

Y&H will work with the Chinese Historical Society on their immersive Bruce Lee exhibit in SF. The exhibit celebrates the remarkable life of the Chinese American icon who transcended race, geography, and culture through uncanny strength and resilience. The exhibit plans to open in Fall 2021, and you can check out their website.

For at least the next three semesters, Y&H will help promote Red Bull’s new Esports initiative “Red Bull XP”. The brand has always encouraged chasing your dreams. Now, through a wide range of workshops, mentorships, and other training opportunities, Red Bull XP aims to inspire and enable Millennials and Gen Z’rs to break into the Esports industry, as either a professional player or in one of the many different aspects of game development.

You’ll collaborate with students from a wide range of majors, develop mad brainstorming chops, sharpen your pitch skills by presenting to real client reps, and crank out some outstanding work for your portfolio. Our professional exposure while still in a learning environment will give you a definite advantage when you enter the industry.

Sign up for Young & Hungry today and become part of this exciting project that features a globally recognized brand and explores the massively expanding Esports industry!

Open to all majors. Email your advisor to enroll in ADV 498/695.

2021 ADDYS Submissions are now open!


We’re now accepting entries for the 2020/2021 American Advertising Awards competition (a.k.a. Student ADDYS Awards). As always, the School of Advertising will be sponsoring a select number of entries. If you would like to have your work considered for submission and payment by the university, please complete the ADV Competitions Submission form by Monday January 18, 2021. For more information and complete rules for the competition, please visit the Greater SF Addys.

Mary Kay & ArtsThread Challenge is on!

Hi students!

Check out this awesome opportunity to design a brand campaign for cosmetics giant Mary Kay:

Mary Kay cosmetics is looking for you to create a 360 omni-channel brand image campaign. This global campaign would target 20-25 year old women with the goal of introducing this demographic to the Mary Kay brand by highlighting and celebrating Mary Kay’s core values, unique culture of empowering women, and heritage of celebrating women business owners.

THE PRIZES – 1st Prize $2000 USD / 2nd Prize $1000 USD / 3rd Prize $750 USD
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday 05 March 2021 11.59 PM EST

More details about Mary Kay and the challenge here:


Jared Kozel: Creativity during Covid

For those of you who were able to attend our virtual grad party last week, we had the honor of having alum Jared Kozel stop by with some encouraging words & advice for our grads. Check out this article from Art U News and learn more about Jared and how he’s finding creativity and innovation during this pandemic: