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 the Program Online
Miami Ad School Toronto has shifted to an online learning environment in response to Covid 19 and will continue to offer classes in our successful online format. This will provide accessibility to students who wish to continue social distancing or are unable to travel yet. Please read about our Online Learning Environment if you wish to learn more, and you can also take a Virtual School Tour.
For our non full time students, we will be offering a new selection of individual classes exclusively online.
“For any digital native that’s comfortable with online collaboration, I think it’s a no-brainer that online learning will naturally feel like a second home“
“I think the school has done a great job with online learning so far. The instructors have used the zoom platform to encourage discussion and keep lessons engaging.“
Year One: Study in Toronto
The 1st year of our Art Direction program will push you creatively to think outside the box. Students will develop and refine design skills, concepting, and their presentation ability. All courses will be taught by experienced and current advertising professionals. These four quarters are focused on preparing you for the workplace. With each quarter you’ll add to your repertoire and start designing a professional Art Direction portfolio.
Currently all classes will be conducted virtually.
Year Two: Study & Intern Locally or Around the World
Year 2, the midpoint of the program, students will begin to gain agency experience while still continuing to take 2 Art Direction courses each quarter. You will be able to choose up to 4 agency placements locally or around the world. Meet new mentors, adapt to new markets, and work on real brands. Student’s will have the option to participate in remote/online placements.
“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.”
“I recently came across a list of goals I had written to myself 3 years ago, before applying to go back to school. On that list included “Learn Design, meet more creative & inspiring people, work in a new city”. MAS has given me the opportunity to achieve all those goals (and honesty more). I am so grateful for the MAS community and the experiences I’ve had!”Victoria Lyons
(Some) Grads Hired in 2020
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.
As the media landscape has “morphed”, so has the role of the ad agency. Today’s leading shops not only promote products, they come up with product ideas and then develop them. This course is a primer on the process.
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.
Learn how branding affects the strategy behind the message and communication, product and brand development, storytelling, packaging, marketing, promotion, and signage.
Discover how an idea can be expressed across multiple online platforms in a concerted effort to reach and connect with users, regardless of digital media.
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?
In our program you’ll be trained in all the fundamentals to help you succeed in the advertising industry. Our courses are led by current industry professionals, who are working on the brands and campaigns of today. Students will be equipped with the latest skills, best practises, mentorship, agency experience and a jaw dropping portfolio.
Be sure to watch our inspiring instructors talk about the classes they teach.
Go beyond Toronto and study in other countries (even remotely!)
Work at top agencies before you even graduate
Tuition & Quarters
We divide our year into quarters that each run for 10 weeks, with a 3 week break between them. You can start your journey at any one of the quarters (January, April, July, October). Tuition for the program is $5,000CAD per quarter.
Please check out Financial Aid Section to see the various scholarships and payment plans we offer.
We are now accepting International Students! The tuition for International students is the same as Domestic ($5000CAD per quarter). Please look at our International Students Page for more info on applying and FAQ’s.
Next Quarter: Winter
December 10th 2020
January 4th 2021
Program End Date:
December 10th 2022
Start Your Creative Career
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