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.