The Art of Art Direction: How to Design in Collaboration With Illustrators and Photographers

Credit Option
Non credit
Program Type

Learn how to grow from designer to art director.

Students will develop the real-world skills necessary to take their creative abilities to the next level—as the leader of a team. Skills include: designing with a focus on collaboration; conveying a creative vision; guiding the artistic output of professional freelancers; and synthesizing various visual media into a stunning finished product. An invaluable workshop for those who want to bring their skills into creative departments in organizations large or small.

Can be taken individually or as part of the Real-world Graphic Design Skills certificate program.

Workshop Information

Course Dates

October 18 and 25, 2023

Meeting Time

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.



Who can benefit:

  • Seasoned professionals looking to brush up on skills or learn newer design tech skills and approaches
  • Beginning designers who want to know how they can succeed in creative departments or other design-related workplaces
  • Any design professional who wants to expand their knowledge base and build on their existing skills


Basic interest in or knowledge of graphic design and typography. General working knowledge of computers. Basic knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.


Ryan Flanders

Ryan Flanders is the former Design Director of iconic humor publication MAD Magazine, and is currently the Art Director of the magazines Scholastic News 2 and Storyworks 2 at Scholastic. His two decades as a professional designer includes print and digital freelance work for clients such as Warner Bros., Old Westbury Gardens, The John Lennon Real Love Project and the popular satirical website The Hard Times. Ryan has received the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts and the Silver Medal for Art Direction from the Society of Illustrators, and has been a member of the judging and nomination committees for the National Cartoonist Society’s Graphic Novel Awards and New York Comic Con’s Harvey Awards. He has lectured as a guest speaker at the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan and at Adelphi University, where he is an Adjunct Professor with AU’s “For the Love of Art” high school education initiative. Ryan is a graduate of Adelphi’s Graphic Design program, and his work can be seen at

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