THE DESIGN PORTFOLIO PROGRAM

With an overall placement rate over 90%, we can help you get ahead. Study online or in-person.​

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Next cohort starts July 2024.​

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Here's What Designers
Actually Do:

A mix of craft, science, design, storytelling, propaganda and philosophy. 

Everything you touch, read or experience has been designed by someone. Branding, publications, packaging, products—restroom signs to the Declaration of Independence. Graphic designers are determined that all those things be well designed. Purpose, vision and strategy; form and function. Graphic Designers seek a more beautiful, more usable, more thoughtful world.

The design portfolio program at Miami Ad School has a strong emphasis on craft. There is a Maker’s Studio at the school for design students to build their models and prototypes.  Students often have real projects from outside clients, ranging from retail product packaging to experiential space design. 

The school is also a crucial part of the wider design community. MODA (Museum of Design) is partnered with our school. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) is also closely involved and holds many exhibits at the school. GRAPHIS (The renowned international magazine of Graphic Design) recently held their 100 Top Graphis Posters Exhibit at the school in cooperation with MODA and AIGA

Carter TindallGraphic Design at Principle​
“I had the opportunity, even as a junior designer, to do work for the biggest clients.”

The Design Curriculum
at Miami Ad School

What (and how) you’ll be learning.

Design is a highly skilled, highly demanding profession. That’s why our 2-year portfolio program is built specifically to help you develop the tools required to excel in that high-stakes world. It’s all about learning through experience. Our curriculum prepares you to work as a designer in agencies, publications, start-ups, and the creative departments of the world’s top brands —all through a carefully built program of mentorship and deliberate practice. You’ll build a personal network to rival the most connected professional, and at the end of it all, you’ll get the same job placement assistance we’ve offered to our graduates for the past 20 years. It’s no wonder our graduates find work at world-leading companies of all kinds.

Here are just a few of the courses you’ll take:

  • Strategic Innovation and Product Design
  • Design History, Modernism, Criticism & Theory
  • Information Design & Data Visualization
  • Symbol, Metaphors & Logos
  • Experiential Design
  • Network Marketing, Identity and Branding
  • Mobile Design & Systems
  • Message & Content
  • Experiments in Digital Photography
  • Introduction to Craft
  • Semiotics
  • Publication & Editorial Design

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE AROUND THE WORLD

The Quarter Away Program

After spending at least one year (4 quarters) in your home location, you can apply for Quarter Away. This program gives students the opportunity to work and learn in up to four more cities around the world. Imagine client meetings in Atlanta, a photoshoot in Tokyo, or a breakthrough brainstorming session in New York. You’ll be working on the front line…and building your worldwide network of professional friends.

Each quarter, we send students a massive list of active opportunities. It’s like a backdoor into the industry. We have partners in cities like:

Jenny LamSVP Brand User Experience at Oracle
“The biggest advantage is all the connections. The friendships. All the friends I made during my time at Miami Ad School are still friends. They are my network. We lean on each other for support. Just the other day I was in contact with some of them. We reach out to each other for jobs."

Teachers Who
Really Know What They’re Doing

Truly stand-out designers aren’t just masters of the technical…they understand the wider creative process. They know the context of their work, and excel at collaborating with other talented artisans and creatives. So how do you learn those intangible traits that will put you over the top—in addition to the hard skills that will allow you to create digital gold? It helps to have a mentor who’s been there themselves.

Campuses Across the U.S.

Each school has a unique charm.

The Miami Ad School represents the best of what America has to offer. The cities we’ve chosen all boast a special blend of people, places, and energy. Just pick your cocktail of choice.

HOW TO APPLY

Four steps to complete your application.
Step 1

Create your account

Enter your information and register for your Miami Ad School account.

Step 2

Choose a city, program, and start date

Select the school you are most interested in right now. Should you change your mind later on, you can easily change your application.
Step 3

Follow the process laid out in the application portal

Show us who you are as a creative thinker. Do three of our fun creative exercises, OR share examples of things you’ve
created.. and do two creative exercises. Finally, schedule an admissions interview with your Admissions Advisor if you haven’t yet connected.

Step 4

Review and Submit

Make sure all your information is correct, and that you’ve paid your application fee. We’ll get back to you soon!

OUR NEXT COHORT IS STARTING SOON

Program Starts: July 4, 2024

Important Program Information

Tuition
Costs 

Tuition of $4,850 is due quarterly. It takes eight quarters which is 2 years to complete the art direction program.Total tuition cost for the program is $38,800.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We strive to make Miami Ad School affordable for students of all backgrounds. For our U.S. students, federal loans can often cover some or all of tuition costs. We also offer a variety of scholarships.

International Students

Students come to us from every corner of the world. You’ll likely be able to attend the campus of your choice. Click for more about the visa process.

Have A Question? Reach Out.

Career advice with no strings attached.

Our admissions team love to chat with people like you—answering questions, proposing solutions, and making plans for a creative future. An advisor can help you figure out what’s next in your creative adventure. Maybe that means Art Direction at Miami Ad School.

Download The Course Brochure

Crucial information about the Art Direction program.
  • Exclusive video content
  • AD Career Facts
  • Average salaries
  • Information on co-ops and internships
  • Example projects for real brands
  • Detailed application process

JOIN THE CREATIVE NETWORK

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Ready for a new career?
Apply by July 2024.

Join Miami Ad School and get paid for your creativity.

  • Learn from the best.
  • Develop your skills.
  • Become who you’re meant to be.

Schedule a Call

This is your chance to meet a MAD career advisor. They can answer all your questions about the application process, choosing a speciality, and building your career.

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Find out more about our admissions process and take the first step towards your dream career today