The Advertising program offers a unique combination of courses in the business of advertising, including marketing, principles of market research, organizational behavior, media and strategic planning, sales, brand management, public relations and promotion. In concert with these business courses are some course offerings from the graphic design world, such as color theory, design skills, and digital photography. Students also have the opportunity to learn the basics of interactive design for the Web.
Students in the Advertising program have the opportunity to apply practical concepts gleaned from case studies in a variety of areas such as branding, online marketing, strategic management and account planning, and are taught by experienced faculty who have worked in businesses or advertising agencies in concept development, sales management, account management, and media planning. Advertising program graduates may act as liaisons for client and creative teams, conveying key industry trends and metrics in effective visual language. The growth of interactive commerce has led to the demand for advertising and marketing online, and graduates of the program are prepared to address this industry trend.
An internship in the field of advertising is a required part of the program, and the fast-growing advertising communities in Atlanta, Nashville, and Washington provide a range of opportunities for students to develop skills in the field before graduation. Advertising program graduates learn a unique skill set for careers in a broad range of industries and specialties, including account service, public relations, brand management, corporate marketing, entertainment and the arts, and market research.