Art Direction

For the average human being, the color green is, well, the color green. For art directors it’s a completely different ballgame. It’s lime green. Or emerald green. Or olive green with 10% more cyan for attitude. You see, art directors sweat all the other details that most don’t think about. They live for craft. It’s not just about making things look pretty – art directors must be strategic and conceptual. Working hand-in-hand with copywriters, art directors will brainstorm big ideas then go to work to bring them to life, whether through print, digital, outdoor, “made you look” non-traditional ideas and everything in between. A few tools of the trade are an exceptional understanding of color, layout, typography, and the occasional exacto-knife. You’ll also be well-versed in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, but bring those Sharpies and sketch pads, too. An art director just isn’t an art director without a hand full of Sharpies. These are just some of the reasons our reputation in creative industries is unparalleled & why we have a 100% placement rate for Art Direction.

Department Head

Dan Balser
Dan Balser Department Head,

Dan Balser

Dan has been in the ad business since 1987. And he has been a copywriter since 1990, with a decade in New York agencies both big and small. In addition to his duties as a full-time instructor and department head at The Creative Circus, Dan is a freelance creative director, podcaster, strategist, father, husband and blogger who’s never short of opinions. Check out his blog DGMS: A podcast about advertising. Contact: Advertising Department Head Dan Balser
Jen Mageau, Art Direction Department Head
Jen Mageau Department Head,
Art Direction

Jen Mageau

Jen is one of those elusive and rare species – an Atlanta native, through and through. After graduating from The Creative Circus in 2001, she worked for over a decade as an Art Director at stints with BBDO, Arnold Worldwide and The Martin Agency, on brands such as Cingular Wireless (now AT&T), Volkswagen, Royal Caribbean, McDonalds, Geico, Burt’s Bees and Wal-Mart. Jen adores teaching and mentoring, and has been a part of the Circus family since 2001. In addition to her duties as Art Direction Department Head, she also runs her own design, branding and luxe paper goods business, Miss Pickles Press. She believes in mixing Target jeans with a Michael Kors handbag. She usually has iced coffee in hand. She knows you catch more flies with honey, and that one is never too technologically advanced for handwritten thank you notes. Jen is married to an overgrown boy scout software engineer from Rhode Island, and you can often find them traveling the backroads in the Airstream they share with their 4-legged wunderpup, Gussie. Please don’t call her Mrs. Magoo. Seriously. Contact: Art Direction Department Head Jen Mageau
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