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Derek Lee

Ever trekked somewhere and saw something so stunning, you just stood there to take it all in? That’s what Derek loves to do. He turns the awkward and complicated, into objects of desire. 


Because of his art and design background, Derek is seen as a Swiss design enthusiast and type fiend. Combine this with a background in education and a slew of experiences gathered from traveling to over 35 countries, you get a level one mahout with a deep and varied skill set. 


Through making new friends, sharing stories, and keeping an open mind, Derek acquired the ability to understand motivations, define concepts and tell a good story. 


But, if Life has taught Derek anything, it would be the value of resourcefulness, flexibility, and character.


Derek is looking forward to working with SVA’s inspiring faculty, getting to know his talented peers, and showing the world what he can do.

The curriculum for The Masters in Branding Program allows students to create frameworks to guide brand, design and business development, critically evaluate brand, business, marketing and design strategies and Master the intellectual link between leadership and creativity. Learn more...


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Debbie Millman
Chair, Co-founder


Emily Weiland

Director of Operations, Graduate Advisor


Steven Heller
Co-founder, Faculty Advisor