The Design Portfolio Program
2-Year career accelerator for media creators.
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 M.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
The Design Curriculum at M.AD
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
- Publication & Editorial Design
Hands On Experience Around The World
After spending at least one year (4 quarters) in your home location, you can apply for NoM.AD. 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:
Teachers Who Really Know What They’re Doing
View ProfileBelen MarquezGlobal ACD/AD, FaceBook / WhatsApp
View ProfileElizabeth KelleyDesign Director, Principle
View ProfileKatie WallCreative Agency Partner, Facebook
View ProfileDavid TannFounder and Creative Director, Tantrum Agency
View ProfileJustin Monroe Kwame AduGlobal Social Media Marketing & Community Management, THX Ltd
View ProfileCarter TindallDesigner, Compass
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Experience the School of Ideas for yourself.
Check out our locations in: Atlanta, Miami, New York and San Francisco
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
Our Next Cohort is Starting Soon
Program Starts: October 4 | Application Deadline: September 17
Important Program Information
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.
We work tirelessly to make M.AD affordable for students of all backgrounds. For our American students, federal loans can often cover some or all of tuition costs. We also offer a variety of scholarships.
In the past decades, students have come to us from every corner of the world. If you’re worried about getting here, never fear: you’ll likely be able to attend the campus of your choice. Click for more about the visa process.
Have A Question? Reach Out.
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 M.AD.
Download The Course Brochure
- Exclusive video content
- Design Career Facts
- Average salaries
- Information on co-ops and internships
- Example projects for real brands
- Detailed application process
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