Now Accepting International Students

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The Moment Has Finally Arrived!

After a long journey, M.AD Toronto is proud to announce that international students can now be admitted into our full time creative programs: Art Direction & Copywriting.

**International Students are not eligible to receive a student visa for the Creative Strategy Program at this time. We will keep you updated.

How to Apply

1. Submit Documents and General Application Form

To start your application and interview process:

1. Choose your preferred start date (Jan, April, July, Oct)

2. Fill out/submit the general form for the program of your interest at M.AD Toronto at least 6 months before your preferred start date

3. Submit 2 pieces of valid government issued photo id

4. Submit your most recent transcript/diploma  (must have Canadian Equivalency report attached)

5. Submit copy of resume/CV

6. Show us any work/ or your portfolio if you have one (optional)

7. Pay $150 CAD application fee

8. Complete 20 minutes interview with a member of the admissions team

2. Get a Letter of Acceptance

1. Get accepted into one of our full time creative programs

2. Sign and return program contract and school policies

3. Pay tuition deposit to ensure your seat in the program

*Tuition deposit amount may vary depending on student visa type

4. Once deposit is processed, you will receive a Letter of Acceptance from us for immigration purposes with a unique code

3. Get a Student Visa

Every international student needs a study permit if they are going to study for more than 6 months in Canada. The student visa process can take anywhere from 1-6 months. Get an approval letter from the embassy and receive your study permit at the border upon arrival to Canada. 

Study Permit Checklist

The Student Visa Process is completed independently, and can only be started after receiving an acceptance to your program of choice.

Everything you need to apply for a Study Permit (Student Visa) in Canada:

Additional documents may be required, please check your home country requirements here.

Student Visas (Study Permit)

Click here to apply for a study permit!

The processing time varies depending on the country of origin. Check the processing time here!

Please note you will not receive a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) with your diploma. Students are encouraged to consider applying for alternative options to remain in Canada post studies, such as a work permit or permanent residency. 

Student Direct Stream (SDS)

Student Direct Stream is an expedited study permit option for international students residing in specific countries. See if you are eligible for SDS.

International Travel Rules

You Can Study and Live in Canada

The permit allows you to study and live in Canada during the duration of (and 6 months after) your education. We do not offer living accommodations for traveling students but can help you connect you with resources to help you sort out accommodations.

You Can Work in Canada

While studying, you are eligible to work a part-time job in Canada up to 40 hours a week to support your education. Students must have a valid student visa in order to be eligible for employment. 

You Can Take Agency Labs in Canada or Globally

A highlight of the programs is the agency experience. Students in the Art Direction and Copywriting programs will have the opportunity to gain experience locally, or abroad (this may require an additional visa), and receive 2 credits per quarter towards their diploma.

Tuition is the Same

International and domestic students will both have the same tuition fee and structure. Tuition at Miami Ad School Toronto for the Art Direction and Copywriting Programs are $40,000CAD (total of 2 year duration).

You need to be proficient in English

All M.AD Toronto programs are offered in English. Our programs feature lecturing and group work and it is important to have an acceptable level of English to communicate with instructors and peers. Your level of English will be measured through your application and interview. M.AD Toronto offers an internal English test which will be administered if deemed appropriate. Please note that IELTS is required to obtain a study permit from the Government of Canada.

You cannot get a post graduate working permit

International students will not receive a post graduate working permit to work in Canada. Graduates are encouraged to apply for a work permit or PR instead.

Long Distance Learning

M.AD Toronto is approved to provide Long Distance Learning. If you choose to stay in your home country and become a student, this option is available. Please confirm with one of our Admissions Advisors for further details on requirements and eligibility.

Details and Deadlines

We divide our year into quarters that each run for 10 weeks, with a 3 week break between them. You can start your journey in any one of the quarters (January, April, July, October). Tuition for the program is $40,000 CAD.

Please check out the Financial Aid Section to see the various scholarships and payment plans we offer.


Deadline to apply
Applications are due 6 months before desired starting quarter. This allows international students the ability to complete the admissions process and commence their student visa application on time. Processing time may vary depending on host country.

If you have any questions please look at our FAQ Section.

Any Questions about International Applications?

Let us know if you have any questions!

 Frequently Asked Questions

If I apply for a short term program, do I need a visa?

International students can still qualify for our part time programs (under 6 months), modules and single courses without the need for a student visa. However, depending on your home country, you may need to apply for a tourist visa.

Will I get a PGWP?

No, the PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit) will not be granted to graduates. You are encouraged to apply instead for a work permit or premanent residency. 

What time are the classes typically held?

The majority of classes will be held in the evening (6PM – 9PM EST) as our instructors are working professionals. This is a full time program and assignments, projects and award shows may be during daytime hours. Students are generally able to balance a part time job as long as the hours are flexible.

I can’t leave my country yet. Can I start online?

Yes, you are able to study remotely from your home country. Classes will be conducted in Toronto time (EST), please be mindful of the time difference.

Can I arrive earlier to start working?

No, you can only start working in Canada when you start your study program. You can’t work before your studies begin. Students who are granted a student visa will have a specific entry and exit date marked on their visas. For more information please visit the offical page about International Students Working in Canada.

I took a single course online from MAD Toronto, will I get a credit for it?

Yes, successful completion of a single course can/will be granted a credit. You must apply and be accepted into the full time program first. 

Can I have a checklist of the application process?
  1. Please visit our application page and create a student profile
  2. Fill out the general application form, and submit the required documentation
  3. Submit your Canadian Credential Equivalency report
  4. Submit a payment of $150 CAD for the application fee (non-refundable).
  5. Once we have received your complete application, CCE and payment, you will be contacted by the admissions team to schedule a video interview.
  6. Wait up to two weeks for a final decision

For those of you who are accepted into the program, the next steps are crucial.

1. Submit tuition deposit to secure your seat.
2. Sign school contract and policies.
3. Receive acceptance letter with a unique code, this code will be necessary for you to commence your student visa application.

You will need to contact your local embassy to see what the requirements of your host country are to enter Canada. The application process can take anywhere from 1 – 6 months.


Do you offer any scholarships?

Yes, we offer scholarships ranging from $2000CAD to $6000CAD for students registered in our full time programs, or bootcamps. To learn more please take a look at our Financial Aid Page.

Is there a refund policy in place?

The tuition fee is subject to our refund calendar. Before the first day of class, students can receive 100% of their tuition refunded. After the commencement of class, the amount can vary depending on the week the student chooses to withdraw from the course.

What programs do I need a visa for?

For international students, in order to enroll in Any program at a Canadian College/ University with a duration of over 6 months requires an authorized student visa. This will allow you to legally live, study, and work up to 40hrs per week for the duration of the program.

What is the duration of the programs?

Our Art Direction & Copywriting programs are 2 years long. (8 quarters)

Where can I live? Is there a residence?

No, we do not have a residence for students. Each student is responsible for sorting out their own accommodation prior to commencing the program. Rent is between $800-$1,900 per month depending on if you wanna live downtown, midtown, uptown or with/without a roommate.

Our admissions team is happy to share helpful links and resources, or connect you with a student, but the school is not responsible for finding you a place to live. We highly recommend that you find a short term rental, arrive in Toronto and then finalize a long term option.

Is Toronto expensive?

As one of the most cosmopolitan cities in North America, it can be very easy to spend. It is advised that students set a realistic budget for the duration of their stay. There are many discounts, incentives, and free resources available to students studying in Toronto.

What are the language requirements / exceptions?

At this time, M.AD Toronto only offers courses in English.

For IRCC – Student Visa Application, you will need to submit your english lanaguage test results. Please visit the immigration Canada website for more details.

English Proficiency Requirements: 

Suggested IELTS Overall 6 or above, no band below 6.
TOEFL 560 for paper-based test OR 84 (21L, 21W, 21S, 21R) for internet-based test


If the applicant’s first language is English
If the applicant has demonstrated a successful completion of a full time 2 – 4 year program at an accredited post secondary education at a school whose primary language of instruction is English.

For Program Acceptance:

We understand that exam scores aren’t always reflective of one’s ability to speak/read/write/understand the English language. For this reason, in addition to the IELTS score, or proof of previous experience, applicants will need to have a one on one interview with a member of the admissions team, where they will be evaluated on their English language proficiency.

I want to transfer from another college, can I use my credits?

No, we do not accept credits from other institutions. We do however honour other Miami Ad School credits. Up to 8 credits max.

If you believe you have mastered a specific skill, you may be able to test out of that class. Please consult the admissions team for an in depth assessment.

Are there any textbooks, devices, or software needed?

No, you will not require the use of a mandatory textbook to complete the course. You may find that your instructor recommends reading certain books. These recommendations are optional.

All students must ensure they have a stable internet connection and a fast computer (Apple is recommended) in order to participate in classes. You will also need access to the Adobe Creative Cloud, and it is recommended you have a camera that allows for manual control and Video. 

Who do I contact if I have a problem or question related to technical or administrative issues?

You can connect with an admissions advisor at admissions@adschool.ca.

Is MAD Toronto accredited?

Yes, Miami Ad School Toronto is registered under the Private Career College Act, 2005.

How will we be graded / are there any tests?

There are no exams or tests. Your final mark is based on your projects. Students will be assessed on their participation, submission of a series of assignments, as well as a culminating project. The intent of the course is to produce strong portfolio pieces.

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