Program Director, Advertising Design

Program Director, Advertising Design


The University of the Arts seeks a Program Director to oversee the new BFA Advertising Design program in the School of Design in the College of Art, Media & Design. Reporting directly to the Director of the School of Design, the Program Director will provide management and academic leadership in program coordination and curricular development, and is responsible for the day-to-day program supervision and its operation.

This innovative program has been designed to equip students with the skills needed to enter the fast-changing advertising industry. It is intended to be an integrative program, bringing together the academic areas within the College of Art, Media & Design (Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Illustration, Photography, Film, Animation, etc.) as well as academic areas across the University (Acting, Music, and the new BFA Creative Writing program housed in Liberal Arts). Additionally, strong industry links will be developed.

The successful candidate works in Advertising, and is an experienced teacher and administrator., The candidate will be able to teach a wide range of advertising-related subjects from beginning to advanced levels, and possesses a deep, current knowledge of industry trends and best practices as well as a strong record of professional achievement. Candidates should have at least seven years teaching experience at the college level.

The combined enrollment for the College of Art, Media and Design is approximately 1200 students. The BFA in Advertising Design (with an initial primary focus on Art Direction) will be the fourth program within the School of Design. The other three programs are Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Web Development and Interactive Design. The School of Design programs offer multidisciplinary options as well as a broad range of elective coursework for College of Art, Media & Design students.

Geographically located prominently on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City, Philadelphia, the University of the Arts is one of the oldest and largest comprehensive private institutions of higher education centered in the arts in the United States. Its undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for more than 150 professional career paths in the visual, performing, media, design and communication arts, and related fields.

In recognition of the University’s Academic and Strategic Plans and the recommendations that support a commitment to the spirit of experimentation and invention in the education of young artists and designers, the new Program Director will be expected to lead the BFA program faculty in artistic and academic innovation and change. The hallmarks of the Academic and Strategic Plans include greater opportunity for collaborative learning and encouragement of our faculty and students to interrogate the conventions and boundaries that underpin disciplinary traditions.


An advanced degree in Advertising or a related field (such as Graphic Design) and professional experience in Advertising Design are required (with a primary focus on Art Direction preferred). Applicants should provide evidence of both professional and academic leadership as well as teaching experience that would warrant an appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.


Applicants should submit:

A Letter of Application detailing qualifications and administrative experience

An up-to-date CV

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

A Vision Statement of Advertising in the 21st century

Sample Syllabi

A digital portfolio (MAC-readable) of 20 examples of recent work and 20 examples of work by students not to exceed 10mb per attachment

Contact information for three professional references


Send to:

Program Director Search, Advertising Design Program

The University of the Arts

College of Art, Media & Design

Office of the Director of the School of Design

320 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Or via email to: Rachelle Smith,

Applications received by January 18th will receive full consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

NOTE: We will be conducting interviews at the CAA Conference in February ‘14, in Chicago.