Study Advertising in Atlanta.

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Get paid to be creative!

“I walked in the door. A full-sized unicorn greeted me. Immediately I felt the creativity. On the walls: posters, photographs of weird stuff, drawings of human-like animals. Funky chairs. Even the floors looked like something else. Books hanging upside down from the ceiling. Students (dressed like me) running around with video cameras. Other students sitting together on sofas scribbling and laughing.

What’s going on? 

Chaos? Maybe. But everyone seemed engaged, involved, excited. At last, I said to myself, I’ve found my place. THIS is where I belong!”

Creativity fosters more creativity. Any place that trains creative people for jobs in design studios, web companies or advertising agencies must reflect the same kind of creative environment. 

Who wants to work in a sterile environment? Lawyers, accountants, insurance adjusters. Perhaps. But our students would wither in such places.

So what makes our place so different? Well, we are a design school. Wait! Hold on –– we’re an advertising school. We're also a copywriting school. And a photography school. Well more than that actually. A videography school; a web design school, an illustration school, a strategy school.

We’re all those things. The best description is an IDEA SCHOOL. Yes. That’s exactly what we are. Did you ever think that you would actually be paid for your ideas? Something you would do for free? Well, you will. You will be paid for crazy ideas, the crazier the better. And you will work with a building full of people just as wacky. Your workday will be crossed with dancers, actors, artists, musicians, comedians, poets as well as animal trainers and snake charmers. What a life!

Portfolio Programs:

  • art direction 
  • copywriting 
  • design 
  • photography & video


  • account planning
  • social media

2018 Summer Quarter:

  • classes start July 2, 2018
  • classes end September 7, 2018

2018 Fall Quarter:

  • classes start October 1, 2018
  • classes end December 7, 2018

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

All Miami Ad School locations within the United States observe the following holidays:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday & Friday)
  • Christmas Eve & Day
  • New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

Skill and Portfolio Development

Students in the art direction, copywriting, graphic design and digital photography & video programs spend their first year in Atlanta. The advertising courses the students take are practical and class projects are realistic. Since the classroom replicates the real-world, students develop the skills and portfolio needed to get a job in the advertising industry. 

Real-World Experience

In the second year of the two-year program students have the option to study and intern in agencies and companies in other cities around the world where Miami Ad School has programs. Students continue to develop their portfolio, expand their network of industry contacts and get real-world, global experience.

Miami Ad School and all its US branch locations are accredited by the Commission on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road Ste. 325, Building 300, Atlanta, GA 30350, telephone: 770-396-3898.

Miami Ad School is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee 32399-0400, telephone 888-222-6684.

Portfolio Center is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). The COE is a national accrediting agency assuring quality and integrity in career education.

Portfolio Center is licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC). The NPEC assures students that the programs of study and supporting elements of the school meet required standards; assures prospective employers that graduates have acquired appropriate job skills and assures the general public, federal agencies, and other state agencies that programs meet all required standards.

Portfolio Center is also licensed by the the United States Department of Education (USDOE). The mission of USDOE is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Complaint/Appeal Procedure in Atlanta

The appeal process for students who have been denied re- entry or who wish to appeal a termination notice, or who wish to appeal any decision affecting their status in school must follow the procedures below:

a. If the complaint involves a faculty member, the student should first discuss the matter with the faculty member (if this is practicable). If this is not practicable, or does not involve a faculty member, then the appeal should be taken to the president of the school. If the matter cannot be resolved to the appealer’s satisfaction with the president’s assistant, the appealer should continue to step (b).

b. Submit an appeal in writing to the president and request a meeting to discuss their appeal.

c. Should the appeal be denied, the student may request a hearing with the executive committee. This request can be made of any member of the executive committee. The request should be made in writing and include any correspondence concerning the previous appeal to the president of the school. The executive committee is charged with the responsibility of assuring a fair hearing, and must make sure that impartial witnesses are brought into the discussion.

Those students enrolled at Miami Ad School’s Atlanta campus and who have been unable to resolve their concerns though the school’s normal channels may also contact the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305, Tel: (770) 414-3300, Fax: (770) 414-3309 - Website:

Portfolio Programs Application Deadlines:

art direction, copywriting, graphic design, illustration, photography & video and web design

  • Fall- August 27, 2018
  • Winter- November 26, 2018
  • Spring- February 25, 2019
  • Summer- May 27, 2019

Boot Camps Application Deadlines:

account planning:

  • Fall- August 27, 2018 

social media:

  • Summer- May 27, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Financial Aid at Miami Ad School

Over 88% of our students already have college degrees from universities. The problem is their degree didn't lead them to their dream job. Miami Ad School's goal is to provide you with skills, opportunities, experiences and a network of industry contacts you can use to launch your career. So the question isn't "is it worth it?" but do you think you're worth it?

Student loans and grants are the way many U.S. Citizens and legal residents cover their school and living expenses. Click HERE to learn more about the process and get answers to common questions.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) is your first step to secure financial assistance for your education.

You can also use the financial aid calculator to get an estimate of the funding you may qualify for.

Federal regulations require colleges and universities to report information about the success of students who enroll in educational programs that lead to gainful employment in recognized fields.

The gainful employment information posted at the links below is in compliance with U.S. Department of Education requirements, and in a format prescribed and provided by that agency. Content includes general program information, estimated costs, on-time completion rates, placement rates, median debt at the time of program completion, and related occupational information.

Your education is an important and substantial investment in your future. That’s why we want you to have comprehensive and specific information about our programs so that you can determine what’s best for you and your career goals.

Included Information:

  • Total tuition and fees for the program, including estimated book and supply costs and estimated costs of off-campus room and board.
  • Graduate Placement Information.
  • Median debt concerning the program, broken down by financing type.
  • The names of the occupations for which the program prepares students, accompanied by links to a federal government site which contains occupational profiles and potential income, sometime after graduation (we do not guarantee placement or salary).

Select the program you’re interested in to see:

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Student life in Atlanta.

Brainstorming Sessions

Art directors, copywriters and strategic planners brainstorm together and work on real projects from brands and present their ideas to clients.

Industry Professionals

Each week be inspired by industry leaders who host workshops for students. Pictured here: Debbie Millman, Editorial & Creative Director at Print Magazine, and Paula Scher, Partner at Pentagram.

Agency Visits

Get firsthand knowledge of agency life and meet the leaders in advertising. Center: Maurizio Villarreal, graduate and Executive Creative Director at VML.

Come and see us.


How to Apply Online

Step 1 - Download and complete the application.

Step 2 - Schedule a question and answer session.

Step 3 - Show us your creative samples and complete the creative assignments.

Step 4 - Send in your application, creative samples, and application fee.


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