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Strategic Planning Boot Camp
Graduate with the skills and case studies you need to show your future employer you can build brands as a strategic planner.
Learn by doing. In 12 mind-expanding weeks you’ll learn to understand and analyze data, develop insights and write creative briefs. You’ll be partnered with an art director and a copywriter. Your team will develop campaigns based off of your insights. The Strategic Planning Boot Camp culminates with a real project presented pitch-style to the client.
Each week your instructor will be a different strategic expert. A dozen planning directors from top agencies like The Barbarian Group, Google, Droga5 and Ogilvy take you through 3-day sessions that cover different aspects of account planning.
In the final week of the Boot Camp visit a variety agencies and meet with planning directors. See first hand the different types of planning environments. You’ll meet the people in the strategy departments and increase your network of industry contacts.
Starting Salaries for Strategic Planning Graduates
$70,000 and over: 27% of recent graduates
$50,000 – $60,000: 9% of recent graduates
$40,000 – $50,000: 45% of recent graduates
$30,000 – $40,000: 18% of recent graduates
Results of our last survey of U.S. grads for the reporting period July 30, 2015 – June 1, 2016.
Application Deadlines and Program Schedule
The strategic planning boot camp starts once a year in October. The boot camp lasts for 3 months (12-weeks).
The application deadline is six weeks prior to the start of classes. Please see our FAQs for application deadlines and the school calendar.
The strategic planning boot camp is a condensed program with classes during the week and weekends. Guest lectures on Friday evenings with weekend workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. Class schedule will change slightly halfway through the boot camp to provide additional skill-building courses. We do not recommend working during the boot camp.
At the end of the strategic planning boot camp, students will spend an intensive week in which they will go from door-to-door and be exposed one-on-one to many advertising and design company representatives in both interview and critique sessions. The representatives will, at the same time, inform them of their company’s philosophy, culture and give insight into their planning department. Students are expected to modify their presentation from their advice and counsel.
Tuition & Materials
Tuition is $10,000 total for the 12-week program. Private loans are available for US Citizens.
All students must have:
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro with external hard drive storage (2 TB) with maximum RAM Airport-equipped computer (approximately $1,299 to $3,000)
Keynote software (approximately $20-30)
InDesign is suggested for your portfolio but not required.
Additional anticipated supplies cost is $100-$350
Diploma & Job Placement Assistance
This is a twelve week diploma program with the primary purpose of assisting students in developing the skills that can get them a job as an account planner or junior account planner in an advertising agency or company with an account planning department.
Graduates have the opportunity to attend portfolio review and interview with multiple agencies. Miami Ad School also supplies graduates with job leads throughout their career. Our institutional graduate placement rate is well over 90%.
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Strategic Planning Courses & Topics
Role of a Strategist
An overview of the strategy discipline. Understand the many types of strategy including brand, content, social, experience, and many more. Start to identify your strengths and the type of strategist you want to become.
Understanding the Challenge
Learn to uncover the core business and marketing challenge or opportunity. Examine the challenge through the lens of the consumer, competition, category and culture.
Learn about the different research tools, which ones are right for a specific project and how to transform data into knowledge and insight. Discuss the pros and cons of traditional quantitative and qualitative tools to newer tools like Google Insights, online forums, discussion groups, and social listening.
Develop Insights and Brand Positioning
Differentiate between weak and strong insights. Identify a core insight that connects the brand and the audience. Learn to ideate and build a brand positioning around this meaningful insight.
Explore new ways of thinking like digital product innovation, service design, as well as newer tools such as AR, VR and AI. Use agile thinking and strategy to create ideas and bring them to life through prototypes.
Identify all the touch points in which a user and brand can interact. Where are the unmet needs? What are the moments of opportunity? How do you integrate all the touchpoints together to create a connected ecosystem.
Understand the universe of media and platforms from traditional media to digital, mobile, social and everything in between. Learn the efficiency and efficacy of different channels and when to use one vs. another.
Now you know how to create an ecosystem of touchpoints. Examine how these can be activated to create delightful, brand experiences for your audience.
New Business Storytelling
Smart research, insights and ideas will fall flat without a good story to engage your audience whether it’s your supervisor or client. Learn to use the principals of storytelling (themes, archetypes, and mythology) to create engaging presentations. Identify win themes, determine roles and casting of the team members and different ways to close a presentation.
Each week, industry professionals from all over the world including Creative Directors, Designers, Art Directors, Copywriters, Content Developers, Social Media Strategists, Planners, Chief Marketing Officers, and Data Analysts give weekly presentations covering the latest trends, techniques and other aspects of the business.
The planning instructor provides practical exercises to help the students learn the topics of the week. Assignments are given to the Planners based on the weekly topics. The Planners develop insights and strategies from research and brief their creative partners. The art director/copywriter teams then work with the planners to create integrated campaigns from the planner’s research, insights and creative briefs. Class meets for intensive work sessions on two successive days.
Throughout the term, strategy students partner with several different art director/copywriter teams. Together they create campaigns, new products or business solutions from the insights and briefs developed by the strategist. The Boot Camp culminates in a live client project. Student teams give pitch-style presentations to an actual client who selects the winning team.
This course will explore the daily essentials in a Strategist’s life; brief writing and briefing, brainstorming techniques, measuring success, and portfolio development. Students will learn how to write a good brief to inspire their team. Finally, students will develop a portfolio of three to four case studies that reflect their thinking and perspective.
This week is an intensive experience in which you will go from door-to-door visiting ad agencies and design firms to experience their philosophy and culture to gain insight into their planning department. You will also meet the people who work there for interview and critique sessions.