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Miami Ad School Europe, Hamburg & Berlin, Hamburg, Germany
Niklas Frings-Rupp started his career as an account manager working for agencies like DDB London, TBWA Germany, Springer & Jacoby and Jung von Matt. Over the years he worked for a large number of clients like BMW, Mini, Apple, Media Markt, GlaxoWelcome, Weihenstephan, Der Spiegel, Unicef and many more.
In 2003 he founded Miami Ad School Europe together with Oliver Voss, one of Germany's leading creatives. The school started in an old hospital in Hamburg with only 12 students. Ever since the school grew rapidly and now has over 90 students with about 30 nationalities. Recently Niklas and Oliver expanded the school with opening part time locations in Stockholm, London, Amsterdam and Paris and are planning a school in Shanghai. In summer 2009 he opened the MAS Berlin.
After the second year the school was already the most awarded school in the world, collecting the top prizes at all major student award shows. Titles won by the students so far include; 3 x German “Student of the year”, Dutch “Student of the year”, the first ever Lüerzers Archive “International Student of the Year” (this title was won 4 times until now) and last years “Student Young Gun of the Year” - next to awarding the title “Best school of the decade”. In 2010 D&AD named him “Best teacher of the year”. The school is the only advertising school outside of the US to be always mentioned in the Gunn report among the best advertising schools worldwide. Work done by students interning have resulted in 8 lions at Cannes, 5 pencils at the one show, Andy’s, Clios, nominations and 7 yellow pencils at D&AD and a couple more at the German ADC where he became member in 2006.
In his spare time Niklas likes to race his dusty somewhat old Porsche on the German Autobahn and professional race tracks or surfing some waves on the north coast of Germany and on the Atlantic Ocean. (2012)