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How long are the programs?

Portfolio Programs:

  • Art Direction – 2 years (8 quarters)
  • Copywriting – 2 years (8 quarters)
  • Creative Technologist – 2 years (8 quarters)
  • Graphic Design – 2 years (8 quarters)

Boot Camps:

  • Strategic Planning Boot Camp – 3 months (1 quarter)

What is the academic calendar?

2019 Winter Quarter:

  • classes start January 2, 2019
  • classes end March 8, 2019

2019 Spring Quarter:

  • classes start April 1, 2019
  • classes end June 7, 2019

2019 Summer Quarter:

  • classes start July 1, 2019
  • classes end September 6, 2019

2019 Fall Quarter:

  • classes start September 30, 2019
  • classes end December 6, 2019

2019 Winter Quarter:

  • classes start January 6, 2019
  • classes end March 13, 2020

2020 Spring Quarter:

  • classes start April 6, 2020
  • classes end June 12, 2020

2020 Summer Quarter:

  • classes start July 6, 2020
  • classes end September 11, 2020

2020 Fall Quarter:

  • classes start October 5, 2020
  • classes end December 11, 2020

What is tuition?

Portfolio programs:  art direction, copywriting, creative technologist or graphic designer

  • €2,600 per quarter / €10,400 a year / €20,800 total tuition cost for the 2-year program (8 quarters)
  • Application fee €100 (one-time payment)

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (B.A.) including Portfolio Program in conjunction with Steinbeis SMI School of Management+Innovation (over three years – shortenable)

  • €2,600 per quarter (€866.67 monthly – Portfolio Program)
  • Application fee €100 (one-time payment)
  • Additional €288.89 per month (Steinbeis SMI Bachelor over three years)
  • Plus €500.00 enrollment fee and €500.00 examination fee at the Steinbeis SMI (to be paid once)
  • Overall costs for the Bachelor Program are EUR 31,200.– to 33,800.–

Masters program over two years including Portfolio Program in conjunction with Steinbeis SMI School of Management+Innovation

  • €2,600 per quarter (€866.67 monthly – Portfolio Program)
  • Application fee €100 (one-time payment)
  • Additional €415.00 per month (Steinbeis SMI Master over two years)
  • Plus €500.00 enrollment fee and €500.00 examination fee at the Steinbeis SMI (to be paid once)
  • Overall costs for the Master Program is €30,760.–  Fees for application, immatriculation and examination may be charged additionally.

Strategic Planning Boot Camp (One Quarter)

  • €4,500 total tuition cost
  • Application fee €100 (one-time payment)

Is there student housing?

We’ll support you with housing tipps. 
Students rent apartments in the area where the school is located on their own.

Can I take more than one major?

Our portfolio programs are designed to prepare you to be a creative with skills that are broad and appropriate. Although you only have time to study one major in your two years here, you will get a lot of cross pollination. Copywriters take Adobe Creative Suite. Art directors take a writing course. You will be well prepared no matter which major you choose!

What quarter should I start?

The quarters are identical so start at the time of year that is most convenient for you.

The portfolio programs in art direction, copywriting, creative technology and graphic design start four times a year: January, April, July and October.

Strategic Planning Boot Camp starts in July.

What is Quarter Away?

The Quarter Away option allows students in the portfolio programs to study and intern in up to four additional cities around the world. You can study in a different school location, intern or participate in an Agency Lab, where you actually go to school every day inside an agency.

Look at the Internships section of the website to see the different options and read stories from our students about their amazing experiences. Or see the short film on YouTube with explanations by Niklas Frings-Rupp and Ina Behrendt. 

*Please note:  

International students within the United States can intern in agencies outside of the US, participate in Agency Labs or attend other Miami Ad School locations. International students are not eligible to intern within the US.

Since Boot Camp students are only in school for one quarter they don’t participate in Quarter Away. Sorry guys.

Is Miami Ad School accredited?

Miami Ad School is accredited by the Council of Occupational Education, a national crediting agency, and licensed by the Florida State Board of Non-public Career Education, the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office and the San Francisco Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

Further the school is acknowledged and supported by the german Government via the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg and the Senat for Education.

The school is BAFöG accredited (for German citizens) and CSN accredited (for Swedish citizens).

Can I transfer credits?

We never want you to repeat a course if you are already accomplished in the subject matter. We have skills tests to test out of the different Adobe applications. Just contact your admissions advisor for information.

Sometimes advanced placement is awarded for prior training or work experience but keep in mind the typical Miami Ad School student already has related educational or work experience. If you skip over too many classes then you are not building a portfolio. The most advanced placement allowed is eight classes/two quarters and this happens very rarely.

Do I need health insurance?

Medical expenses in Germany are very costly. We strongly recommend that you purchase a health insurance for your time in Germany. Please contact your local health insurance office. They may have plans that can cover you.

How do I apply?

Application requirements and due dates for each program can be found in the How to Apply section. If you are ready to apply, Apply Now. Select the desired program from the menu above, click on it and you will be guided through all the points.

What kind of background do I need to have?

Our students are like snowflakes, no two are alike. Are you a lawyer who is bursting with creativity and needs to get out of that large law firm? Did you just graduate with a 4-year degree and realize that you really need a portfolio to get your dream job? Have you always been creative and wanted a career rather than be a starving artist? Then this school is for you!