The grandson of a well-known author, musician, professor and artist, Chris Clark grew up with art all around him. The fondest memories of his childhood include the sweet smell of oil paints from his grandfather’s art studio and the sounds of Spain coming from his flamenco guitar. These impressions left an indelible mark.
Recognizing a similar calling, Chris became enamored with the advertising arts while attending college at Point Loma Nazarene University. It was through being a professional skateboarder and recording artist that he discovered he also had a strong passion for writing and design. Following his heart, he relentlessly pursued a career that reflected his passions. That pursuit led him to a career as a hybrid advertising creative and professor. He loves every minute of it.
Chris has almost 20 years experience as an award-winning hybrid advertising creative, producing work for such brands as Intel, Qualcomm, Shure Audio, Red Envelope, Total Gym and The Corky McMillin Companies, to name a few. Active in the industry, he currently works as a designer, copywriter and commercial music composer.
Chris has 12 years experience as an award-winning creative advertising and design professor, having previously taught at The Art Institute of California—San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, UCSD and the Academy of Art University, before joining NewSchool as their lead creative advertising and media design professor. In the almost 3 years he’s been leading NewSchool’s media design program, the program has had many successes—including multiple American Advertising Award wins.
Providing instruction from a real-world perspective, Chris passionately seeks to create the strongest of creative practitioners—ones that have both the design-mindedness to conceive strong conceptual solutions and the production skills to bring them to life.
Chris has an MFA degree in advertising from the Academy of Art University. He and his family live in San Diego, near the NewSchool campus. Still skateboarding and playing music, you might see him doing both around town after class.