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.