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As the most diverse city on the planet, Toronto is a (extra polite) multicultural mosaic that never sleeps – even in the winter.
Instead of one cohesive identity, Toronto offers a slice of every culture imaginable. This means mouthwatering food, endless
events, and a thriving advertising industry. In Toronto, you’ll have an opportunity to work at top agencies such as john st., One Method, Rethink and Canada’s “Agency of the Year,” Cossette. At each location, you’ll also have an opportunity to work on real projects with iconic brands such as McDonald’s, Nike, WWF, Sephora, and BMW. When you’re not working or studying at our colorful downtown campus, you’ll have an opportunity to sink your teeth into spicy dumplings, catch a hockey game with 20,000 screaming fans, and paddle your way around Toronto island in a canoe. So come visit, eh? The views are different here.
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Art Direction & Copywriting
Our Art Direction and Copywriting programs run year round in quarters. Each quarter runs for 10 weeks followed by a three week break. You can choose any quarter to be your start date. Students do 4 quarters in Toronto and can then travel to other locations.
2019 Start Dates
- Winter: January 2nd 2019
- Spring: April 2nd 2019
- Summer: July 2nd 2019
- Fall: October 2nd 2019
Miami Ad School Toronto offers several professional development programs throughout the year. We run two programs concurrently so they work together for a more collaborative and engaging experience for the live client projects. Programs usually run 12-16 weeks, with 4-5 classes a week during nights.
- Strategy & Planning: Starts September 2018
- User Experience: April 2019
- Front End Development: April 2019
- Social Media: September 2019
- Strategy and Planning: September 2019
Miami Ad School is registered under the Private Career College Act, 2005. Students receive a Ontario College Diploma for the two year program. Our bootcamps are ministry approved to give certificates.
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“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
“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
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