Advertising Design

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Build a better mousetrap? Build a better concept.

Advertising is made of ideas: a well-developed concept makes brands memorable and takes hold in the popular imagination. Advertising strategies seek to persuade, but the really good ones inspire. Art Directors create long-lasting imagery with impact, stirring emotion and influencing cultural change.

In Advertising Design at CCS, you’ll learn to devise advertising strategies — based on research and consumer insights — that integrate digital and social media, content creation and user experience, print and television and study how innovative approaches to persuasion (viral and guerrilla marketing) have redefined the playing field. You’ll partner in teams to simulate the structure and demands of real-world advertising environments and start building a professional portfolio from day one.

What Sets Us Apart?

Design Emphasis
Although much of advertising revolves around reaching a target market and being able to sell a product through a variety of tactics, it also requires extremely high-level design ability. At CCS you will learn design from some of the greatest art directors in the world.

Industry Connections
CCS employs faculty directly from the advertising industry that surrounds our campus. The Advertising department’s faculty comprises working art directors, creative directors, copywriters, producers, directors, agency principals and more. Their industry knowledge and experience offer direct connections to internships and future career opportunities.

Digital, Social and New Media Curriculum
Advertising isn’t just about coming up with a new ad campaign for a Fortune 500 company, it’s also about being able to communicate with multiple audiences in all marketing avenues, including social networks, online advertising and all digital engagements. This knowledge will provide you with the ability to strategize and design immersive user experiences for current and emerging technologies.


Career Choices

Account Executive
App Designer
Art Director
Brand Manager
Brand Strategist
Creative Director

Design Director
Digital Ad Strategist
Digital Designer
Graphic Designer
Interaction Designer
Motion Graphics Designer

Social Content Manager
Social Copywriter
Social Media Graphic Designer
Social Media Manager
TV and Radio Producer
Visual Designer
Web/Mobile Media Designer

Previous Internships

Solomon Friedman
The Creative Group
Think Detroit
Weiden + Kennedy
Young & Rubicam
MARS Advertising
McKesson Pharmacy Systems
Mother NYC
Ogilvy & Mather

Pandora Outside the Box
Pure Energy Advertising
Radish Creative
SMZ Advertising
Draft FCB
Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
JWT Team Detroit

Leo Burnett
Marketing 101
Marketing Associates
20th Century Fox
Barbarian Group
Brogan & Partners
CBS Outdoor
Clear Magazine
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Daniel Brian & Associates

Contact Us

Advertising Department
T. 313.664.1665
F. 313.664.1650

Department Chair
Ryan Ansel