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.”
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Start Online this July
Summer quarter is offered entirely Online
Due to Covid-19 our campus in Toronto has been temporarily closed to protect our students and instructors. We have been continuing to run our programs online since March with success, and will be offering the Art Direction Program Entirely online for the summer 2020 quarter. Once it is deemed safe by Health Canada classes will resume in person like they were before, and online classes will no longer be offered for the Full time Programs.
We are also offering individual Classes from our Full time program.
“I’ve really been enjoying the remote learning environment – it’s so unbelievably interesting to decontextualize/ re-contextualize everyone in their own homes. It’s been really amazing to see how everyone presents themselves virtually – that’s been a silver lining of remote learning.”
Why Start Now?
We are offering exclusive scholarships if you start your journey online this July.
Keep Your Brain Busy
Keep your brain sharp in isolation by flexing your creative muscles.
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Start your 2 year journey from the comfort of your own home!
Our Online Learning Environment
We have taken steps to integrate a temporary online learning environment that will ensure that key skills are effectively taught as they would be at our campus in Toronto. We have also been taking cues from our agency partners in adopting their platforms and practices.
This environment consists mainly of online learning platforms listed here. These tools, when used in combination with each other, lead to very effective collaboration and learning. We are also ensuring that there is a tool in place for you to use at any point during your educational process.
This environment is also expanding and adapting as we learn more about creative collaboration in the digital space.
A video and screen sharing platform used for lectures and classes.
A robust messaging software that allows for connection with admin, instructors and other students.
A highly visual platform that is basically a big digital whiteboard that integrates with everything. Used for Project feedback and collaboration.
A virtual working space for people to gather in, chat, collaborate, and share current work. Used for workshop based classes and group work.
Year One: Study in Toronto
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.
Year Two: Study & Intern Around the World
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
Learn how to tell stories with motion and sound by mastering digital shooting, storyboarding, stop motion animation, audio and video editing, and special effects.
Make smarter campaigns and hit your target market by leveraging the power of strategy to influence your creative decisions as an Art Director.
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.
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 about the classes they teach.
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: Fall
September 1st 2020
October 5th 2020
Program End Date:
September 10th 2022
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