Phil Hamlett is the Director of Graduate Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the largest private art and design school in the country. His students emerge from the MFA Program as advanced design practitioners and go on to acquire jobs at the highest levels of the profession. Prior to the Academy, Phil was communications director at Turner & Associates in San Francisco. As such, he identified client objectives and facilitated the development of the core messages, conceptual frameworks and communications vehicles best suited to address their needs. His extensive experience with a wide variety design and communications — for companies both large and small — provides him with the perspective necessary prepare students for the challenges of the real world.