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School of Visual Arts, NYC, Adjunct Professor:  Advertising Classes & Workshops

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Guerilla Ads
Salvation Army Thrift Store
Student Work - Laura Chang
Social Media - Home Depot
Advertising Workshop session
SVA Student Exhibition
Zoey Luo - Student Work
BFA Advertising & Design
Richard Wilde, Chairman
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Home Depot NYC
Advertising Workshop
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Director Sophy Holland
Advertising Workshop
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores
Nickelodeon Creative Advertising Gaeun Oh
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Event Marketing
Summer Advertising Workshop
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Digital Compositing
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Digital Imaging Center, SVA
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Museum of Modern Art
Team Up App
Spotify Virtual Concert
Final Projects
Virgin Galactic Space Travel
SVA, Neil Raphan Creative Director
Ringling Bros Circus
SVA digital workshop
Adobe Creative Suite
Carly Raphan
Student Work in Progress
Salvation Army Thrift Stores

Student work


This course is held online and designed to help you create a professional advertising portfolio, without having to commute every week to midtown New York. You'll learn the skills of conceptual advertising, how to strengthen and execute your ideas, and how to prepare your work to be shown digitally. The goal? Getting a good job as an art director or copywriter.


Each week there will be an assignment to create an advertising campaign for a product or service using a wide variety of media. There will also be weekly discussion about award winning ad campaigns and tips to develop your skills. This course is held in the evening once a week where we meet online with live interaction.  Instructors: Neil Raphan, Creative Director/Art Director.  Richard Pels, Creative Director/Copywriter




In these advertising workshops I offer college students more than an introduction into the creative world of advertising. Students are taught how to come up with compelling, persuasive and creative ideas with an emphasis on Art Direction.

Students work on integrated projects as art directors, both conceptually and through craft, and also how to use their strengths and interests from other visual fields such as Design, Photography, Illustration, Motion, and Typography and apply toward advertising. Students will learn to expand strong campaign ideas via web, social media, video, tv, ambient, event, guerilla--every medium.

Each student is provided with their own mac workstation and will create work in collaboration and also at home.

Visual assignments/exercises will also be given to strengthen art direction skills. Students will begin developing exciting work for a portfolio. Group projects will enhance collaboration skills. Critiques of student work will strengthen conceptual thinking and strengthen ideas. Good ideas will constantly evolve and be pushed forward until they become great. Do not take the class if you are lazy. Instructors: Neil Raphan, Creative Director. Lea Ladera, Creative Director.


Undergraduate   Production in Motion-The Advertising Process  

This course introduces students to the advertising production process as well as the creative process primarily focusing on commercials, videos, and digital content. We will chronicle the creation of television, video and online content from concept to screen. Topics include briefs, scripts, storyboards, bidding, prep, pre-production, shoots, editorial and animation. Projects will include team collaboration, visualization, storyboarding, director's treatment, location scouting in NYC and learning the steps to bring an idea to fruition.


Guest speakers will include agency creative teams, directors and production personnel. There will be field trips to production facilities in NYC as well. Instructors: Neil Raphan, Creative Director. Hafeez Saheed, Executive Producer.


Pre-College Program   ADVERTISING & 3D WORKSHOP 

These are one-week, full day workshops that explore the basics of advertising and design including concept, typography, digital and social media, exploratory problem solving and execution for portfolios. The course is part of a three weeks Pre-College program.

Advertising Week One will be in the SVA Digital Imaging Center where each student will work on their own advertising ideas and be guided into the executional comp phase. Students will create their ideas as an art director on Mac workstations using Photoshop & Adobe Creative Suite with assistance from college student TAs and instructor. This will be a fun hands on week where you can experience events throughout NYC, what an art college class is like, and how advertising is done in the real world. Final student work will be printed using SVA's printing facilities. On the last day of classes, work will be displayed at a student exhibition and reception that is open to parents and the public. Instructor: Neil Raphan

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