Academic Programs

MIAD's Academic Programs are separated into two categories: Undergraduate degree programs and non-credit programs.


FOUNDATIONS: All first-time freshman and many transfer students take Foundations courses in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program. Foundations courses teach students to try everything, and assume nothing. 

LIBERAL STUDIES: In addition to studio coursework, all MIAD undergraduate students take liberal studies (academic) courses. Liberal Studies at MIAD serves as the bridge between the studio and the world, between the classroom and the community.


MINORS: All MIAD studio majors can be taken as a minor. In addition, students may receive a minor in Book Arts, Digital Media Production, Furniture Design, Advertising, Art History, Business, Copywriting, Humanities, Natural Science, Psychology and Writing.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: MIAD offers many mobility, study abroad, and cross-registration opportunities.

SENIOR THESIS: Senior Thesis is nearly a yearlong endeavor, and a requirement for graduation. Each student creates an independent, highly developed and refined body of design or fine art work, which is presented to the public at an opening reception that draws thousands of viewers. Employers, gallery owners, museum curators, and patrons of the arts join our students in their transformation to creative professionals. Senior Thesis is the culmination of a student’s education at MIAD, and it truly is the beginning of a lifetime of learning, and realization of one’s distinctive creative voice.


MIAD also offers evening and weekend, non-credit Continuing Education courses for every skill level, and Creative Educator's Institute focused on educators. In addition, MIAD offers Open Figure Drawing on many Tuesday evenings, as well as the Creative Pathway Series.

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