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Mark Allen

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Mark Allen

Senior Lecturer

Over the course of his career, Mark Allen has worked as an art director and designer for clients like the History Channel, the New York Yankees, Norton/Symantec, Martha Stewart, The Walking Dead, A&E Networks, HBO, the U.S. National Parks Service and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. His work has been recognized for creative excellence in the Print Regional Design Annual and Applied Arts magazine, as well as by the Promotion Marketing Association, the Illustrators Society of Los Angeles and the Dallas Society of Visual Communications.

Allen joined the then-newly established Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU in 2003 to help start and build a new creative program for aspiring art directors and copywriters. Work produced by Allen’s students has been consistently recognized by the advertising industry’s most respected publications and organizations: The One Club, Lürzer’s Archive, Adweek, The Art Directors Club, CMYK Magazine, The American Advertising Federation, the DSVC National Student Show and the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. His students’ work has also garnered the attention of media outlets beyond the industry-standard venues, including The Today Show, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Elle and D Magazine, among others. Such honors have paved the way for his students to work for many of the world’s most recognized brands, advertising agencies and design studios.

Allen has also pursued graduate studies in both theology and philosophy—currently working toward his Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in aesthetics and modern art history at the University of Dallas. His primary areas of interest center on the parallels between design principles and ethical principles. Additionally, his dissertation offers a contribution to the literature surrounding the notoriously elusive definition of art by putting into dialogue the philosophy of Arthur Danto with the readymades of Marcel Duchamp. By concentrating his philosophy of art on the values of meaning, craftsmanship and beauty, Allen hopes to repair the real and perceived rifts between traditional and modern art, the artworld and the general public, as well as the fine and communication arts.


Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Dallas (concentration: philosophy of art; modern and contemporary art history)
M.A. Philosophy, University of Dallas
M.A. Philosophical Theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary
B.F.A. Communication Design (concentration: art direction), minor in Advertising, University of North Texas


ADV 1360 - Creative Production
ADV 2322 - Concepting
ADV 4322 - Advanced Portfolio
ADV 4363 - Logo and Trademark Design
ADV 4364 - Publication Design
ADV 4366 - Visualization of Information
ADV 5301 - Design Studio
ADV 5301 - Commercial Concepting & Production 
ADV 5301 - Creative Freelance Practice 
ADV 6383 - Creativity, Art, and Problem-Solving
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