M.AD San Francisco

A creative wonderland by the bay.

Welcome to M.AD San Francisco—a cutting-edge learning space and a mind-bending creative experience. Here you’ll explore the boundaries of what you ever thought possible.

Collaboration, Innovation, and Ideas

From Chinatown to The Marina, Haight & Ashbury to the Muir Woods across the bay, San Francisco is a city where people come together to express their voice. Your creativity won’t just live here, it will thrive. 

The school is just a block away from the very popular and very funky Polk Street restaurant and bar scene, and only a quick MUNI ride to places to live and explore in the city. Whatever inspires you, whether it’s a stroll through a farmers’ market to find the perfect avocado, a secret house party featuring your favorite DJ, or a quiet cup of espresso and a good book, you’ll find a place for it and people to enjoy it with.

The school is just a smaller version of the city.

Art directors and copywriters huddled or hustling all over. A copywriting class in one corner critiquing Instagram posts. The teacher howling at them. In the photo studio a female student dressed as Elvis with wings attached, gyrating and singing a bad impression of “Are You Lonesome Tonight”. One teacher in the corner with a student who has an idea for an app and the instructor tells the student, sadly there is already such an app. First quarter students headed out the door going somewhere loudly. The group spreads open to let a very tall man stepping high in slow motion while paying “Beautiful Dreamer” on his flute.

No Professors Here—Just World-Renowned Experts

Our instructors have the jobs you dream of having. They come from all the top advertising agencies, design firms and companies in San Francisco: Adobe, Goodby Silverstein, Tribal DDB, FCB, Pereira O-Dell, R/GA, Google, Razorfish… In class you’ll collaborate with other students (writers, art directors, strategists, designers and coders) and create things you didn’t know possible. Every assignment has the potential to be your next portfolio piece or the beginning of your first business.

Our Programs In San Francisco

Want to be the copywriter for the next viral Super Bowl ad? We can get you there. Looking to make a splash in the world of design? We have classes for you. At our San Francisco campus, we’re training the next generation of creative superstars…all across the professional spectrum.

Dirección de


Hatem El Akad
Creative/Copywriter at Mischief USA
AND M.AD San Francisco grad
“I am where I am because of Miami Ad School."

Important Details About M.AD San Francisco

In the second year of the two-year portfolio programs students have the option to study and intern in agencies and companies in up to four other cities around the world where Miami Ad School has programs. Students continue to develop their portfolio, expand their network of industry contacts and get real-world, global experience.

Portfolio programs (art direction, copywriting, design, photography & video) start four times a year: January, April, July and October. The program lasts for 8 quarters. Each quarter lasts 10 weeks with a break between each quarter. In the second year students can study and intern in other cities. The strategic planning boot camp starts once a year in October, The boot camp last for 3 months (12-weeks).

To find out more about upcoming deadlines and how to apply, visit the Admissions page.

Accreditation: Miami Ad School and all its US branch locations are accredited by the Commission on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road Ste. 325, Building 300, Atlanta, GA 30350, telephone: 770-396-3898.

Licensing: Miami Ad School is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee 32399-0400, telephone 888-222-6684.

Have A Question? Talk To Me

My name is Mireidys Garcia, and I’m your program advisor for San Francisco. 

Reach out if there’s anything you’d like to know about our programs here in the city…or anything else you’re wondering about living in San Francisco. I’m here to help!

Go M.AD For A Day

Spend a day with us here in San Francisco. Take a tour, visit a class, talk to students and instructors. Leave inspired, with a concrete plan for your future.

Learn more about the different careers.

Sit in on a class.

Talk to students about their experience.

Learn more about the type of projects students work on.

La red creativa

Únete a los 50.000 creativos que reciben el boletín de M.AD.

Hemos construido silenciosamente la red creativa más influyente del mundo. Es hora de que lo aproveches. Cada semana recopilamos el contenido creativo más importante del mundo y lo compartimos directamente en tu correo electrónico de forma gratuita.

Cuando los vientos de cambio cambien de dirección… vas a saberlo primero.

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