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Thousands of the industry’s top creative leaders got their start here.
Started in 1978, this school, originally named Portfolio Center, was the first portfolio school in the world. The school’s concept? Partner with industry to provide real-world, hands-on education.
Practical courses, projects for real clients.
You’re surrounded by others as passionate and hard working as you. And you’ll start in a city with enormous resources. Atlanta is the New York of the south with global agencies, start-ups and a growing film industry. The best of NY but with much cheaper rent.
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A life-size unicorn painted by folk artists. An Airstream trailer inside the building used as a writing room. A classroom that looks like a hunter’s lodge. A table made like an upside down Herb Lubalin book. Funky reading rooms all around. Galleries of student work. Happy dogs all over the place. This school feels exactly like a cool design firm or advertising agency.
Instead of work, school feels like play because these are the kind of projects you love doing. You develop a portfolio and put what you’ve learned into action in internships in Atlanta and around the world.
When it’s time to graduate, we sponsor a Portfolio Reviews in Atlanta and New York. And we give our grads job placement assistance from our super list of contacts. Our grads, working in the business in senior level positions, love hiring from their alma mater.
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Portfolio programs (art direction, copywriting, design, photography & video) start four times a year: January, April, July and October. The program lasts for 8 quarters. Each quarter lasts 10 weeks with a break between each quarter. In the second year students can study and intern in other cities. The strategic planning boot camp starts once a year in October, The boot camp last for 3 months (12-weeks).
The application deadline is six weeks prior to the start of classes for the boot camps and portfolio programs. Please see our FAQs for application deadlines and the school calendar.
Accreditation: Miami Ad School and all its US branch locations are accredited by the Commission on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road Ste. 325, Building 300, Atlanta, GA 30350, telephone: 770-396-3898.
Licensing: Miami Ad School is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee 32399-0400, telephone 888-222-6684.
As the entire communications industry is in the midst of the most profound transformation in consumers’ relationship with media, the Mission of the Miami Ad School is to train the creative thinkers of the future before the future has happened; to engineer pop culture with creative insight and strategic thinking from a global perspective. Students learn to solve problems with whatever discipline, channel, skill or craft necessary, using new and emerging media as well as traditional media.
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“How is it that plastic—something that cannot breakdown, is toxic to our waters, lands and all life and will continue to be for many generations to come—so incredibly prevalent in modern life today? Such statistics really make one think about choices and consequences.” –Melanie Maynard
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“Miami Ad School is a great environment to learn in because everyone has something different to teach. We all come from different corners of the world!”
“Learning from so many planners gave us exposure to different kinds of agencies and strategic tips, I am very grateful for the experience.”
“You have to make every little pixel of your portfolio contribute to your personal brand.”
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Account Planning, Brand Strategy, Strategic Planning, Ninja what? Is the Discipline Having an Identity Crisis?
“It turns out that one of the only things all of our teachers agreed on was how much they disliked the ‘account planner’ job title.”
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Advertising awards put students on the radar of creative recruiters all over the world. Students get noticed, and then they get interviews. Job offers are soon to follow.
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“Long story short—we got the internship, and still haven’t quite recovered from the shock.”
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“Planning is the place where you can be most eclectic—outside of being a professional artist. You’re hired specifically for your point of view in the world.”
“We met in school, and we’ve been working together for five years, or roughly 1,877 days. But who’s counting?”
Spare Time Gallery is a space for the after-hours personal work, the artistic play and exploration creatives engage in. The kind of experimentation that often influences the work they do for their companies and clients.
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“Every time I travel, my mind is consumed, wondering what the lives of the people that live at my destination are really like. What do they do for a living? What do they do for fun? Are they happy? Maybe I should’ve been a sociologist, but instead I’m a copywriter. But I guess that sometimes, it’s the same thing.”
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On September 11 a group of Miami Ad School New York Students set out for the crosswalks surrounding Ground Zero to bring the city together.
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Miami Ad School student interns and Ogilvy & Mather came up with an idea to team Amnesty International with Dubsmash to give supporters a new way to join the human rights organization’s global fight against censorship.
Miami Ad School graduates (and team at Deutsch NY) Erika Kohnen and Lauren Cooper win a Titanium Lion at Cannes for their “First Ever Pinterest Yard Sale” for Krylon.
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Miami Ad School Atlanta @ Portfolio Center team lightens up the presidential election with “Caption That Candidate.”
Miami Ad School Alum Ryan Kutscher’s agency, Circus Maximus, is recognized with the Small Agency Campaign of the Year honor from Ad Age.
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Miami Ad School is the most awarded institution of its kind. But what’s it like to be a student? Our ongoing Facebook Live broadcasts give you a peek.
Miami Ad School is the most awarded institution of its kind. But what’s it like to be a student? Our new Facebook Live broadcasts will give an inside view.
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“What I like most about Facebook is that everything has a purpose. That’s why I know I’m in the right place for me.”
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We were a diverse class of world perspectives and experiences from Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Spain, Puerto Rico, India, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Israel, Japan and the U.S. As we wrapped up week one and quickly kicked off week two, I was amazed at how fast the week flew by and how much we had already experienced, learned and done.
Miami Ad School and Portfolio Center proved the benefits of collaboration with a stellar showing in the 2016 Graphis New Talent Annual, with Portfolio Center students winning over five times as many awards as last year.
Who would have dreamed that the smartphone would become the camera of choice for advertising agencies. (Thank you Steve Jobs for your vision!) The smartphone’s small size, attachable lenses and editing and photo-manipulation apps make it an amazing production tool.
Great News! Advertising Jobs Are at Their Highest Level Since 2001. Here’s Why:
With the boom of social media, brands need content for all the different platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, SnapChat…) The demand for content for social media has created a whole new discipline called content creation. Content creation is the hottest and fastest growing area of the business and one of the reasons advertising jobs are at their highest level since 2001 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Business Insiders’ List of the 30 Most Creative People in Advertising Under 30 has consistently featured young creatives that are on the cusp of becoming huge names in the industry. This years list features five Miami Ad School grads.
On Friday, February 19th, helpkenyanotkanye.com went live. Gabriel, a Miami Ad School grad, tweeted it to media outlets and influencers and, slowly, the buzz began to build.
“We found a way to get our creativity flowing and had a blast doing it. We were working but also having fun. It actually made the work we were doing for our clients better.” Art direction graduate, Freddy Jana, now Creative Director at Ogilvy shows what he does to warm up his creativity.
Miami Ad School is throwing a Super Bowl party and hosting The 3% Conference Tweetup. Real-time feedback from women at the party and across America on their attitudes toward the 2016 Super Bowl commercials will show which spots connect with women. Super Bowl spots that appeal to women have the best return on investment, because women buy products and share on social media in greater numbers than men on Super Bowl Sunday.
PORTFOLIO CENTER (Miami Ad School’s location in Atlanta) along with the Museum of Design Atlanta is sponsoring a series on the evolution of design in business and what role designers play in making a company successful. This is a free series.
At Miami Ad School, from the day you start, you learn by doing. This video, created by three, first-quarter students, is an example of that philosophy. The project, part of their Video Storytelling course, was “Why Miami Ad School?”. The finished two-minute video, a collection of interviews of students and staff and footage of the school, tells the reason “why”. In the process of telling their story the students learned to shoot, light, direct and edit.
All of Miami Ad School’s locations are very dog-friendly places (as are many ad agencies, design firms and companies like Google). Students, instructors and staff are welcome to bring their dogs. The school’s founders bring their dogs, currently three, to school everyday. When the dogs aren’t in class or playing ball they hang out in Ron and Pippa’s offices. Lately the newest school mascot, a Doberwoman, has been very busy redecorating. Read the story of the accidental mascot
Gift Wrap My Face has solved the problem of boring wrapping paper across the world!
If you can’t decide what career is right for you it’s very likely you’ll thrive, grow, bloom and even flourish in a creative career in advertising, design, social media or content creation because these fields incorporate a little of everything: creativity, business, innovation, story-telling, technology, photography, psychology…
“We remember our “first times” more than any other. In a sense Portfolio Center was my first kiss: I was young, dumb and very lucky but the kiss was sweet and unforgettable. What a gift to my life to be back where it all started.”
– Ron Seichrist, Founder of Portfolio Center & Miami Ad School
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These three very awarded individuals have never shared the stage together. They are the leaders of the 2015 Agency of the Year, 2015 Agency Network of the Year and the 2015 Multicultural Agency of the Year. Come hear how they led their companies to record growth and creative recognition with their work for Nike, Beats Music, Coke, Lego and McDonald’s.
“Miami Ad School teaches people how to think creatively. There’s nothing else in the world quite like this school which is why the placement rate for grads is close to 100%. I believe Miami Ad School is a critical part of the educational ecosystem for agencies and I want to contribute.” – Barry Wacksman
The Pick of the Litter Competition recognizes genius account planning strategy. Present your award-winning work at the 4A’s Strategy Festival October 4th!
Yachin has worked with J Crew, MCM, Milo Tricot, Maggie Jeans, WEB Denim and is a regular contributor for Essence Magazine. Find out the one unexpected skill he honed that led to his success.
Pharrel Williams Made Me Happy, Happy, Happy but Cindy Gallop, Wendy Clark, Piera Gelardi and Jessica Walsh Inspired Me
The best advice I received was from Mark D’Arcy, VP, Chief Creative Officer of Facebook Creative Shop. He said, “If you can’t find your perfect role in an agency go and create your own, change the game and make it yours.” Hear more inspiring bits of wisdom from the brightest minds at the Cannes Lion Festival.
That’s not Ron. (He doesn’t look that good in a dress.) That’s Pippa Seichrist, his wife and cofounder of Miami Ad School. She accepted the award on his behalf at the American Advertising Federation award show in Las Vegas. Find out the unlikely person who changed Ron’s life forever and how Ron has paid it forward ever since.
Never eat alone again. Breakin’ Bread, a new app, takes those uncomfortable meals by yourself and turns them into a time of sharing and creativity.
Dave Droga is one of the hottest creatives in the world. While he is pretty darn cute, what makes him so hot is his creative mind and the work he and his ad agency, Droga5, creates. Later this month many of the world’s top art directors, copywriters, designers, strategists and developers will be in France for the Cannes Lions’ festival. (It’s like the Cannes Film Festival but instead of the best movies, the Cannes Lions’ festival recognizes the power of creativity and celebrates the people shaping the future of creative brand communications.) Maddy Kramer, Miami Ad School graduate and Interactive Art Director at Latin Works, will be there too as part of See It Be It. Only 12 women creatives from all over the world were selected!
Why on earth did the co-founder of Miami Ad School give Portfolio Center a unicorn?
748 OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ART DIRECTORS, COPYWRITERS, STRATEGISTS AND DESIGNERS AT THIS TOP AGENCY. Last week I was at the New York Festivals award show and hung out with a big group of our graduates. (Twenty-two of them won advertising awards that night.) Seeing...
Having Miami Ad School as a common link helped me land my first job in the film industry faster than I ever dreamed.
The Creative Recruiters from Saatchi & Saatchi and VML have been big supporters of Miami Ad School for many years. They always attend our New York Portfolio Reviews to meet with our recent graduates. A couple of weeks ago we invited them to the school to give the students advice how to build a better school portfolio. Here are their top 10 portfolio tips.
Miami Ad School is the best way to start a creative career in advertising. You’re trained by industry pros who inspire you to climb higher.
Student subletting and housing will never be the same. We’re all too familiar with how difficult it can be to find housing when moving to different campuses or attending internships in other cities. Miami Ad School is excited to introduce The Network.
Ice cream sounds a whole lot better when it involves design and a good spoof.
“Miami Ad School provides an environment where students are constantly challenged to think creatively while FIU provides a analytical backdrop to help students make informed decisions based on the client brief. It’s really the best of both worlds.”
TWO MIAMI AD SCHOOL GRADS CREATE SCORE, A MOBILE DATING APP THAT IS THE ULTIMATE ICEBREAKER. “When we date these days it's not our chances which are keeping us apart, it’s the way that we take those chances. We pick a date with our eyes closed and our fingers crossed....