2-Year Art Direction Portfolio Program

Creativity, Visualized
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ATTENTION: Due to the threat of COVID-19, we will be running programs as online courses until further notice. Extra measures are being put in place to help students and instructors co-ordinate and collaborate effectively while working remotely. When the spread of the virus is under control, we will be resuming normal classes. We are carefully following the recommendations of Health Canada to protect our students, while maintaining the quality of education. 

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art direction as a career

Channel your passion for art and design into a full-time (and lucrative) career. An Art Direction diploma allows you to be creative for a living. Over time, those big ideas can translate into big bucks with seasoned Art Directors making well over $100,000 a year.

“The reason why I joined advertising definitely is just to do something different every day and to learn something new everyday.”

Ela Kallonen

Art Director, john st.


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program breakdown


Over the course of two years, our Art Direction program will push you to think outside the box, while learning key design skills such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, web design, graphic design, and more. In Year 1, you’ll take classes taught by the city’s top advertising professionals to help you to master design fundamentals, and develop your visual taste and style. With each quarter you’ll add to your repertoire and start designing a professional Art Direction portfolio.


In Year 2, things get real. You’ll spend your time studying and interning as an Art Director in up to four different cities around the world to gain real design experience before you even graduate. You’ll also continue to take Art Direction courses taught by top industry professionals, and complete hands-on projects that will add to your portfolio.

student stories

“Being at Miami Ad School Toronto, with all these killer instructors and full-time agency mentors, it’s inevitable that their essence is going to rub off on you and make you a better creative and professional.”

Runda Dong

Art Director, Rethink

“If you want to get into this industry, this is the place to start. It’s not just a first step, it’s an open door. The moment you’re in the school, you’re in advertising. It’s truly the best experience you could ask for.”

Ela Kallonen

Art Director, john st.


Ideas First

Great design starts with great ideas. Learn how to solve the communication problem first, then find the appropriate media to give the idea maximum creative impact.


Craftsmanship is coming back in a big way. Learn how to use photography, illustration, paper cutting, collage, and other design techniques to take your Art Direction portfolio to the next level.

Video Storytelling

Learn how to tell stories with motion and sound by mastering digital shooting, storyboarding, stop motion animation, audio and video editing, and special effects.

Thinking Strategically

Make smarter campaigns and hit your target market by leveraging the power of strategy to influence your creative decisions as an Art Director.

Digital Photography

Explore techniques in digital photography and learn how to record a decisive moment or create one with tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more.

User Experience

Learn how to put information organization and human-focused design first by developing content strategies, information architecture, and a wireframe that works for your user.

Pop Culture Engineering

Break down the images, perspectives, ideas, and the influence of mass media to find out what makes up mainstream art and culture.

Head to Head

Don’t shy away from the creative competition. Throw your Art Director hat in the ring and make a name for yourself by entering (and winning) every student competition out there.

What am i really learning?

Our courses are taught by industry instructors who constantly revise the classes to be as relevant as possible to the industry. What you get is the most up to date skills and best practices, applied to real projects based in reality, which produces the best work for your portfolio. Watch some of our instructors talk bout the classes they teach.

Real Projects

Work you can show off


Top Industry Mentors


Go beyond Toronto and study in other countries


Work at top agencies before you even graduate


We divide our year into quarters that each run for 10 weeks, with a 3 week break between them. Tuition for the program is $5,000 per quarter. As an established school financial aid is available as student lines of credit, with a 1 year grace period after graduation. We also offer various scholarships you can apply for.

Next Quarter: Spring

Application Deadline:
March 16th 2020

Start Date:
April 6th 2020

Program End Date:
March 12th 2022

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