Miami Ad School Sri Lanka & Maldives

Celebrating M.AD Grads & the future of thinkers and innovators in Sri Lanka

Miami Ad School Sri Lanka & Maldives’ inaugural programmes were launched in late 2020 – the Strategy and Social Media Bootcamps. Both 12-week high-intensity immersions into the power of insights, psychographically mapping the world, converting thoughts into plans and plans into experiences that ignite the theatre of the mind with possibilities – and building brands and causes into the cultural phenomenons they can become.

Since its inception, these maverick programmes have mirrored, celebrated and in ways, elevated, their original global pedigrees. Curated with timely, relevant modules that are adapted in real-time to learning needs. Conducted by best-in-class practitioners of strategy and social media across a multitude of industries. Steadily producing the next waves of innovative thinkers and content creators as it has for years now.

M.AD SL & Maldives is privileged and proud to present a year of graduates – the first from Sri Lanka. A class apart in their diversity, versatility, inclusivity and representation of creative thinking in South Asia today. They stand alongside hundreds of graduates from Miami Ad School’s 15 other international campuses, including New York, San Francisco, Madrid, Mumbai, Berlin and Miami.

From business development heads to founders of start-ups; art directors to brand managers; creative marketers to technical writers; strategists and analysts to students – M.AD’s Graduating Strategy and Social Media Classes are a kaleidoscope of perspectives, cultural considerations, intellectual journeys and creative adventures.

With 50 graduates from four boot camps over the past year, we’ve seen the incredible metamorphosis of local superstars in their respective fields into international-standard strategic thinkers, innovative producers and planners with the ability to transform their inherent talents and skills into viable business endeavours, value-additions that take companies to the next level and most importantly, they’ve built formidable personal brands that are promotable and hire-able across industries.

A feature of M.AD’s Strategy and Social Media Bootcamps is our partnership with each participant from the rigorous selection process all the way through to graduating and beyond – where we assist you with preparing for career shifts, job placements and internships.

“In fact, Miami Ad School globally is renowned for producing graduates who can be instantly and seamlessly integrated into work environments – because an integral part of the boot camps is real-world experience and constantly converting theory into practice.

What sets M.AD apart is that it isn’t just a knowledge bridge, it’s a superhighway of hands-on experiential learning that makes it effortless to hit the ground running. You’re not moving from books to boardrooms – you’re already there.”

  • Kandeban Balendran, Founder and President of Miami Ad School Sri Lanka & Maldives.

M.AD’s Strategy and Social Media Bootcamps have already produced award-winners and headliners like Kavi Rajapaksha, VP/Head of Marketing at Softlogic Life who was recently named one of the Top 50 Professional and Career Women (Marketing & Communications) in Sri Lanka for 2021 by Women in Management, in collaboration with Women in Work, IFC and the Government of Australia.

Another graduating boot camper, Shehan Samarasinha, Chief Strategy Officer of Triad was named South Asia’s Strategic Brand Planner of the Year by Campaign Agency of the Year (AOY) Awards 2021.

They are living the M.AD promise we uphold and strengthen every day – when you learn with us, you’ll be transformed by a simple, powerful truth: there’s no knowing without doing.

There must be no hesitation between the gaining of skills and the applying of them. We produce braver, sharper, more confident souls for whom there is no separation between ideating and executing – they occur in parallel, in waltz, in harmony.

Our graduating class showcases the calibre of creators we tirelessly mould because they are more impactful, practical dreamers who seek tangibility and realisation. They are restless and will not settle for plans that remain unmade. They are the fuel of our future.

And they’re starting now.

If you’re inspired by the world of M.AD and like our glittering graduates, want to shine brighter and build on the facets of your mind that will set you apart – you belong here.

When you’re in one of our boot camps, you’re in the company of instructors from pioneering companies like Spotify, Facebook and Apple. You’re learning from industry heroes responsible for brands like Coca Cola, Kraft and British Airways. You’re receiving a qualification you share with senior players in places like JWT, Havas and Grey Worldwide.

  • Welcome to a global family of changemakers.
  • M.AD’s graduation ceremony will take place on 5th March 2022 at Cinnamon Lakeside.
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