At M.AD you'll have access to a network of past graduates who were just like you...and are now taking the world by storm. No wonder our copywriting grads are hired by the most innovative and creative organizations in the world.
Listen, we know it's not easy to make creatvity your career. If it was, everybody would do it (or at least everyone creative).
That's why it pays to get training and experience with industry professionals—to build your skills, your network, and your creative worldview.
That's what the M.AD Master's program is all about. We help creatives master their talent and sell themselves. And it works.
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We push our students to explore their creative boundaries, and produce work at a professional level. It’s not easy—but it’s worth it. Our students develop a deep and impressive portfolio of work that recruiters (and international award juries) love. And most importantly, we help you develop the presentation skills required to sell yourself to the decision-makers who will help you build your career.
Your career starts the day you start at M.AD. That's not just a line—it's how we operate.
Here, you'll be challenged. You'll have to work hard. Our standards are high...because the standards of your future employers and clients will be to.
Now here's the good news: it's all fun as hell. Hard work is worth it when you're creating real-world projects (often for real clients) and collaborating with other world-class creatives on a daily basis. Hard work is inspiring when you're doing it under the watchful instruction of current indsutry professionals, who want to see you produce the brilliant output you're capable of.
In a nutshell, M.AD isn't like other schools. And that's a good thing. In fact, it just might be why our students have won 1,000+ industry awards.
Senior Vice President, Brand User Experience at Oracle
“The school introduced me to my first ever job in tech (Microsoft). At the time, I didn’t even know that User Experience (UX) design was even a thing. I wouldn’t have survived my first year in the real world without the confidence that I built in the hundreds of hours in rigorous critiques in school.”
Senior Experience Design Lead at Adobe
It is crazy to be considered a small part of web design history...it feels like just yesterday I was walking into Hank ['s office asking permission to make a design portfolio website.
Junior Designer at Principle
M.AD has taught me that the good things in life are worth the struggle. It has brought me a new sense of confidence in who I am and my capabilities as a creative. I encourage all prospective students to take the leap and give it your all. Who knows…you could end up getting everything you’ve ever wanted!
Being a Designer means waking up every day to a new creative challenge. At M.AD, that fun starts from day 1. We help you build the skills, portfolio, and industry connections you need to find a job you really love. We push our students to excel—and the things they achieve are worth it.
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The Design Master’s Degree
A unique partnership program. Earn a Master's degree from Furman University. Develop a portfolio with M.AD.
Meet Our University Partner
Students spend the first summer term (8 weeks, June – August) at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Classes focus on type, design, and rhetoric. Additional evening programming enhances team building, inclusion, inspiration and confidence.Greenville housing: Students live on campus in an apartment setting with a total of four students per apartment.
Housing at Furman costs $1250 for the entire 8 weeks. Meals are not included.
The next 11 months, October – September, are spent taking classes at M.AD in Atlanta and further developing skills through rigorous practice. Students take four courses a week, taught by industry professionals. Assignments focus on the real-world skills needed to strategize, concept and execute traditional, digital and social advertising campaigns. Students also participate in weekly networking sessions with a leader in the advertising and design industry. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of projects that demonstrate your creative ability and a network of industry connections.
Students live in the Atlanta area during the terms they are in school at M.AD. Housing in the Atlanta area is the student’s responsibility. The school has a list of suggested housing options located within a few blocks of the school and roommate list. Contact your admissions advisor for more information.
Students spend their final term October – December completing the coursework for their practicum and developing their portfolio. The location is determined by the student’s interests and career goals. This term can be completed in Atlanta or getting hands-on experience in a top advertising agency in the US or abroad. You will graduate with a portfolio and earn a masters degree granted by Furman University.
Interested candidates MUST apply to BOTH schools individually. Two applications are required: One for Furman and one for M.AD.
How does a Master's program boost your career in design?
Award-Winning Student Work
AND a M.AD Design Grad.
The Design Master's Curriculum
- Ideas First
- Introduction to Design
- Typography as Message (Furman University)
- Symbols, Metaphors, and Content
- Publications & Editorial Design
- Strategic Innovation Project / Service Design
- Design History, Modernism, Criticism & Theory
- Experiential Design
- Portfolio Development (Furman University)
- Argument and Visual Narrative (Furman University)
The NoM.AD Experience
Teachers Who Really Know What They’re Doing
View ProfileDevan CarterDesigner, Atlanta Hawks
View ProfileTricia RusoChief Strategy Officer, BBDO
View ProfileLarry LukDirector of Brand Partnerships, Localeur
View ProfileAnja DueringExecutive Creative Director, Chemistry
AND M.AD Design Grad.
Study in Atlanta
Hidden at the end of Bennet Street lies Atlanta’s hidden gem: a revolutionary campus training the next generation of creative innovators. And just wait until you see the inside (it’s more like an agency than a school)…
There is a Maker’s Studio at the school for design students to build their 3D models. Students often have real projects from outside clients, ranging from retail product packaging to experiential space design. And naturally, the school is an important part of the design community. MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta} is partnered with our school. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) is also closely involved and holds many exhibits at the school. Students develop a huge network of industry contacts.
How To Apply
The application is as creative as the career.
Choose a city, program, and start date
Follow the process laid out in the application portal
Review and Submit
For Furman Applicants (next cohort in June 2022)
•Early Applications due Jan 15
• Regular Applications due April 1
For FIU Applicants (next cohort in January 2022):
• International applications due August 1
• Domestic applications due October 1
Important Program Information
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- Design career facts
- Average salaries
- Information on co-ops and internships
- Example projects for real brands
- Detailed application process
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