The Design Portfolio Program

2-Year career accelerator for media creators.

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What does a designer do?

A mix of craft, science, design, storytelling, propaganda and philosophy. 

Everything you touch, read or experience has been designed by someone. Branding, publications, packaging, products—restroom signs to the Declaration of Independence. Graphic designers are determined that all those things be well designed. Purpose, vision and strategy; form and function. Graphic Designers seek a more beautiful, more usable, more thoughtful world.

The design portfolio program at M.AD has a strong emphasis on craft. There is a Maker’s Studio at the school for design students to build their models and prototypes.  Students often have real projects from outside clients, ranging from retail product packaging to experiential space design. 

The school is also a crucial part of the wider design community. MODA (Museum of Design} is partnered with our school. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) is also closely involved and holds many exhibits at the school. GRAPHIS (The renowned international magazine of Graphic Design) recently held their 100 Top Graphis Posters Exhibit at the school in cooperation with MODA and AIGA

Carter TindallGraphic Design at Principle​
“I had the opportunity, even as a junior designer, to do work for the biggest clients.”

The Design Curriculum at M.AD

What (and how) you’ll be learning.

Design is a highly skilled, highly demanding profession. That’s why our 2-year portfolio program is built specifically to help you develop the tools required to excel in that high-stakes world. It’s all about learning through experience. Our curriculum prepares you to work as a designer in agencies, publications, start-ups, and the creative departments of the world’s top brands —all through a carefully built program of mentorship and deliberate practice. You’ll build a personal network to rival the most connected professional, and at the end of it all, you’ll get the same job placement assistance we’ve offered to our graduates for the past 20 years. It’s no wonder our graduates find work at world-leading companies of all kinds.

Here are just a few of the courses you’ll take:

  • Ideas First
  • Video Storytelling
  • Story Writing
  • Short & Sweet
  • Wordsmithing
  • Everything is Media
  • Improv/Standup Comedy
  • Script Writing
  • Digital Campaigns
  • Pop Culture Engineering
  • Social Media
  • The Brand Called You
  • Sound Bites
  • Content Creation
  • Get a Job
Want to know what else you’ll be learning? Learn more about the courses you’ll take in the course brochure.

Hands On Experience Around The World

The NoM.AD Program

After spending at least one year (4 quarters) in your home location, you can apply for NoM.AD. This program gives students the opportunity to work and learn in up to four more cities around the world. Imagine client meetings in Atlanta, a photoshoot in Tokyo, or a breakthrough brainstorming session in New York. You’ll be working on the front line…and building your worldwide network of professional friends.

Each quarter, we send students a massive list of active opportunities. It’s like a backdoor into the industry. We have partners in cities like:

Teachers Who Really Know What They’re Doing

Truly stand-out designers aren’t just masters of the technical…they understand the wider creative process. They know the context of their work, and excel at collaborating with other talented artisans and creatives. So how do you learn those intangible traits that will put you over the top—in addition to the hard skills that will allow you to create digital gold? It helps to have a mentor who’s been there themselves.
Jenny LamSVP Brand User Experience at Oracle
“The biggest advantage is all the connections. The friendships. All the friends I made during my time at M.AD are still friends. They are my network. We lean on each other for support. Just the other day I was in contact with some of them. We reach out to each other for jobs."

Campuses in Florida and Georgia

Each school has a unique charm.

The M.AD School of Ideas represents the best of what America has to offer. The cities we’ve chosen all boast a special blend of people, places, and energy. Just pick your cocktail of choice.

Schedule A Tour At Any M.AD Campus

Experience the School of Ideas for yourself. 

Check out our locations in: Atlanta, Miami, New York and San Francisco

Processo Seletivo

Sua carreira criativa começa aqui.
Se você já tem uma pasta ou trabalhos prontos e quiser nos mostrar, tudo bem. Instruções: os trabalhos podem ser apresentados em layouts, impressos, desenhos (em folha branca A4 com caneta da cor que preferir), colagens, o que você achar melhor. Divirta-se! Criatividade é diversão, tenha senso de humor. Entregue-nos tudo, até mesmo aquelas ideias que não tenha gostado tanto – nós poderemos gostar delas. Coloque seu nome, telefone e endereço em todos os papéis.
ETAPA 1

Elaborar e apresentar os 3 trabalhos:

Briefing 1 – Séries Favoritas. Escolha aquela que você mais gosta e crie uma nova versão do cartaz de divulgação.

Briefing 2 – Abrace uma Causa. Pense em ideias que possam lutar contra algum tipo de preconceito: machismo, racismo, homofobia.

Briefing 3 – Toyota Prius. Pense em ideias para vender um carro elétrico.

O quanto você é interessante e criativo? Você tem um hobby?  Você participa de algum projeto social? Mostre para nós.

etapa 2

Fazer a inscrição e pagamento da taxa de R$ 149,00

(referente ao processo de seleção e não reembolsável).

Etapa 3

Passar pela entrevista com o coordenador do curso.

Quando começa a próxima turma?

Data de início: 8 de Março de 2022

Informações importantes.

INVESTIMENTO
  1. Programado ( até 25/12/21): No cartão R$7.400,00 (em até 1ox ) ou R$ 7.030,00 à vista no boleto.
  2. Antecipado ( de 26/12/21 à 11/01/22): No cartão R$7.908,75 (em até 10x ) ou R$ 8.325,00 à vista no boleto.
  3. Últimas vagas ( de 12/01/22 à 17/01/22): No cartão R$9.250,00 (em até 10x ) ou R$ 8.787,50 à vista no boleto.

Have A Question? Reach Out.

Career advice with no strings attached.

Our admissions team love to chat with people like you—answering questions, proposing solutions, and making plans for a creative future. An advisor can help you figure out what’s next in your creative adventure. Maybe that means Art Direction at M.AD.

Download The Course Brochure

Crucial information about the design program.
  • Exclusive video content
  • Design Career Facts
  • Average salaries
  • Information on co-ops and internships
  • Example projects for real brands
  • Detailed application process

O network criativo

Faça parte da nossa rede.

Há 20 anos, estamos construindo a rede criativa mais influente do mundo: ex-alunos, profissionais que fazem a indústria e professores. Chegou a sua hora de fazer parte dela.

Quando alguma nova ideia surgir…você será o primeiro a saber. Ou quem sabe essa nova ideia não é a sua?

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