MIAD's campus is located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward; some twenty blocks of renovated warehouses, artists lofts, theaters, businesses, shops, and restaurants. A destination for both tourists and residents, the Third Ward possesses a distinct and unique urban flavor.
A mainstay in the Third Ward, MIAD has since become the catalyst for further growth in the area. Now at the center of this thriving arts community, the college benefits from the region's new-found prosperity while continuing to add to it.
Safe, public transportation stops near MIAD's campus, and within walking distance are the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum and Library. There are also various lakefront activities, and assorted festivals at the Summerfest grounds featuring music and entertainment from around the world. Within a block there's the Broadway Theater Center, with three resident companies. And just a few blocks away is the Marcus Center, featuring major pop and classic concerts as well as local touring performance groups. Throughout the city are scores of ethnic, fast food, and high cuisine restaurants, and the nearby Shops at Grand Avenue offers 160 diverse stores and shops.