Half school, half real-world.
This philosophy is why our graduates are successful.
education + industry = the best training ever
Portfolio Center, founded in 1978 by Ron Seichrist, is the first portfolio school in the world. Based on his own experience working in advertising and design, Ron reimagined education. He understood how all the disciplines are interconnected and decided to start the first school that would have the students in the different disciplines interacting the way they do in the real world while being mentored by creative professionals.
Housed in a 1940’s factory building at the end of Bennett Street in Atlanta, Portfolio Center feels more like an agency than it does a school. The spaces are unexpected. The outside walls are covered with street art by artists from around the world. The inside is equipped with a photo studio, maker lab, co-working spaces, conference room style classrooms and multiple galleries displaying student work.
In 1993, after selling Portfolio Center, Ron and his wife, Pippa, started Miami Ad School. They grew Miami Ad School into a global network of 15 schools that allow students to study and intern around the world. In 2014, everything came full circle. Portfolio Center came back to Ron (and Pippa) and is now part of the Miami Ad School network.
ACCREDITATION & LICENSING
Portfolio Center is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). The COE is a national accrediting agency assuring quality and integrity in career education.
Portfolio Center is licensed by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC). The NPEC assures students that the programs of study and supporting elements of the school meet required standards; assures prospective employers that graduates have acquired appropriate job skills and assures the general public, federal agencies, and other state agencies that programs meet all required standards.
Portfolio Center is also licensed by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). The mission of USDOE is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
Portfolio Center proudly stands by our veterans who are eligible for VA benefits according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA’s mission is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise to care for those who have “borne the battle” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. The VA provides veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned.
Complaint/Appeal Procedure in Atlanta
The appeal process for students who have been denied re- entry or who wish to appeal a termination notice, or who wish to appeal any decision affecting their status in school must follow the procedures below:
a. If the complaint involves a faculty member, the student should first discuss the matter with the faculty member (if this is practicable). If this is not practicable, or does not involve a faculty member, then the appeal should be taken to the president of the school. If the matter cannot be resolved to the appealer’s satisfaction with the president’s assistant, the appealer should continue to step (b).
b. Submit an appeal in writing to the president and request a meeting to discuss their appeal.
c. Should the appeal be denied, the student may request a hearing with the executive committee. This request can be made of any member of the executive committee. The request should be made in writing and include any correspondence concerning the previous appeal to the president of the school. The executive committee is charged with the responsibility of assuring a fair hearing, and must make sure that impartial witnesses are brought into the discussion.
Those students enrolled at Miami Ad School’s Atlanta campus and who have been unable to resolve their concerns though the school’s normal channels may also contact the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305, Tel: (770) 414-3300, Fax: (770) 414-3309 – Website: gnpec.org.