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Ross Chowles

Academic Specialist/Professor of Practice
Advertising + Public Relations


Ross Chowles attended the Johannesburg high school for art, ballet and music. His artistic skills landed him a job as a junior art director in advertising in 1980. Since then, Chowles has spent his time creating advertising, and helping others create advertising, that impacts consumers.

In 1994, Chowles co-founded The Jupiter Drawing Room: Cape Town Africa’s most awarded independent advertising agency. Over the years, The Jupiter Drawing Room has won gold, silver and bronze awards in all the major award shows. Chowles has also served as a judge at these same award shows from Cannes X2 and One Show X2.

Chowles has had the privilege of judging all over the globe, from Canada to South Korea. In 2015, he was appointed to the international board of the One Club. He has participated every year in One Show’s China workshop since 2003.

Chowles will teach graduate students in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He says the one real skill he picked up working in advertising is the ability to understand people and how to motivate them—something he says that manifests through his teaching as an MSU academic specialist/professor of practice.

Chowles focuses his research and teaching within areas of the advertising and creative industry. His interests span the application and research of creative direction, strategy, brand management, presentation techniques, creative workshops, art directions, design and copywriting.

Chowles and his independent advertising agency have received numerous gold, silver and bronze awards from South African and international organizations, including:

  • Clio
  • Epica
  • Cannes
  • One Show
  • D&AD
  • Art Directors Club of New York
  • New York Festivals
  • London International

Chowles has also judged numerous international and local events, including

  • Cannes (twice)
  • One Show (twice)
  • Clio
  • Art Directors Club of New York
  • Ad Stars South Korea (twice)
  • One Show China
  • Local award show (27 times)
Work Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences 404 Wilson Rd East Lansing MI 48824
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