Minors

expanding your knowledge. 

MIAD offers a number of minors for students who may be interested in specializing in an area of study in addition to their academic program. MIAD recommends that students declare their intent to minor during the sophomore year. Specific course requirements are available through the Registration Services Office at MIAD.

Studio Minors

MIAD Majors

Students may elect to earn a minor in any one of the fine art or design studio disciplines offered at MIAD: Communication Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture + Design, or New Studio Practice. A total of 15 credits are required to complete the minor. Students majoring in Communication Design, Interior Architecture + Design, and Industrial Design need to complete additional credits to satisfy the requirements of the minor beyond MIAD's 124 credit bachelor of fine arts degree.

Book Arts Minor (NEW FALL 2016)

The minor in book art offers students a wide-ranging set of experiences within the broad definitions of a book. In an introductory class, students will explore a variety of binding and folding techniques that incorporate interdisciplinary processes and utilize a variety of media. Then the student can use a variety of required and/or elective courses to complete a focused minor in book art that fits their interests and skills.
 
Students who successfully complete the foundation book art course will:

  • Learn traditional and non-traditional book bindings in order to influence future projects;
  • Learn appropriate materials to use in book construction for archival and concept purposes;
  • Explore the components of multi-page document creation, such as narrative, pacing, sequence, structure and form to have a successful reading of their book;
  • Develop and hone skills in concept building and use bound structures to support their concept;
  • Create books that use image and text in new and inventive ways;
  • Explore typographic and compositional rules for book layout; and
  • Learn to use materials and tools of book creation

Minor Course Information: COMPLETE 15 CREDITS

Required course (3 credits) to complete the minor (must meet prerequisites).
DS207: Introduction to Book Art 

Select four additional courses* (12 credits) to complete the minor (must meet prerequisites). Note that not all of these elective courses are offered every semester or every year.  
1. POD & Digital bookmaking ­ learn to use InDesign
2. Zine elective                                                                                          
3. Letterpress
4. Broadsides & Books
5. Creative Writing / Book Art
6. Using Special Collections 
7.  Altered Books
8.  Book History and Theory 
9.  Small Quick Books (RPM)
10. Pop­Up Books (RPM)
11. Photography and Book Art
12. Sacred Texts/Contemporary Forms
13. The Mono-print and Collagraph as Page
14. Concept/Design Elective
15. Children’s Book Illustration
16.  Independent Study

*Some required coursework in NSP, CD, IL and LS may offer possible application for the Book Art Minor. Check with the 2D/4D Design Chair for options.  
                                                                       

Book Art Minor Advisor
It is highly recommended that you meet with the 2D/4D Design Chair to discuss the goals that you have related to declaring a minor in Book Art. 

Digital Media Production Minor (New Fall 2016)

The Digital Media Production minor is perfect for a student with a passion for storytelling. The minor allows a student to explore the production process, from concept to completion in a variety of applications and media. Through one focused required class and then selecting four elective courses from a broad list, the student will build a set of experiences that match closely with their career goals and interests.

Students who successfully complete the required Introduction to Digital Media minor will have:

  • An engagement with the professional applications of digital media production and a strong understanding of how one might use these techniques to tell a compelling story.
  • An understanding of professional practices and issues related to the real world employment market of filmmaking, animation, video games, sequential storytelling (comics/storyboarding etc.)
  • The ability to be their own project leader and carry project ideas from concept to fruition.
  • An ability to present concepts and self in a manner appropriate to a professional project and the refined ability to critique their own work and the work of others.

Minor Course Information: COMPLETE 15 CREDITS

Required course (3 credits) to complete the minor (must meet prerequisites).
DS207: Introduction to Digital Media Production 

Select four additional courses (12 credits) to complete the minor (must meet prerequisites). Please note that this is not a complete list and other coursework may count toward the minor.
1. Kinetic Typography
2. Introduction to Concept Art
3. Introduction to Stop Motion
4. Sequential Art (Comic Book/Storyboarding)
5. Art Direction
6. From Storytelling to Gaming   
7. Independent Study  
8. 3D Computer Animation
9. Introduction to Narrative Filmmaking
10. Introduction to Animation

** Some required coursework in NSP, CD, and IL may also offer possible application for the Digital Media Production Minor. Check with the 2D/4D Design Chair for options.    

Digital Media Production Minor Advisor
It is highly recommended that you meet with the 2D/4D Design Chair to discuss the goals that you have related to declaring a minor in Digital Media Production.

Creating an animation in MIAD's digital production studio

Furniture Design Minor (new Fall 2016)

This cross-disciplinary minor is ideal for students interested in designing and building well crafted, modern furniture. This minor allows the student to learn the core principles of woodworking, joinery, and fabrication, as well as more exploratory bending and forming techniques - molded plywood, bent lamination, steam bending, and vacuum-formed plastic. Students embrace all phases of the design-build process from conception to completion – and the structure is equal parts design (sketching, drawing, modeling, physical studies, and material exploration) and build (millwork, joinery, sanding, assembly, and finishing). Design and manufacturing companies in southeastern Wisconsin provide a rare opportunity to work locally with manufacturing resources from traditional lost wax casting to emerging manufacturing technologies such as laser cutting, multi-axis CNC, and rapid prototyping.

Design by Jessica Ziarkowski

Minor Course Information: COMPLETE 15 CREDITS
 
3cr   F121: Intro to Furniture Making – Designing with Wood

3cr DS226: IAD Theory/Practice Joinery & Fabrication for IAD majors,
or DS240: Materials & Methods I for ID majors,
or NSP206: Wood for NSP majors

3cr DS227: IAD Theory/Practice: Furniture Design-­‐Build I

3cr DS326: IAD Theory/Practice: Adv. Fabrication

3cr DS327: IAD Theory/Practice: Furniture Design-­‐Build II 
                          [Substitute for DS341 for ID majors]

 

MIAD's expansive 3D and Sculpture lab

Liberal Studies Minors

Advertising Minor

MIAD offers an Advertising minor in conjunction with nearby Marquette University. This minor is primarily targeted to students in MIAD’s Communication Design program to augment their degree. The main focus is on advertising and best serves students whose goal is to work in an advertising agency. A total of 15 credits are required to complete the minor.

Required:

ADVE 1400 – Advertising Principles
ADVE 3000 – Advertising Research and Account Planning

6 Credits

Business Electives:

ENTP 3001 – Understanding Entrepreneurship
LEOR 1500 – Intro to Entrepreneurship

3 Credits

Advertising Electives:
ENTP 3001 – Understanding Entrepreneurship
LEOR 1500 – Intro to Entrepreneurship
ADVE 3400 – Advertisitng Copywriting
ADVE 4100 – Advertising Media Planning
ADPR 4300 – Advertising, Public Relations and the Internet
ADVE 4500 – Advertising and Public Releations Account Mgmt.
ADPR 4600 – Multiculteral and International Advertising and Public Relations
ADVE 4953 – Seminar in Advertising and Public Relations

9 Credits

Art History Minor

The Art History minor is particularly valuable for students considering graduate study, curatorial work, or as part of professional training in design areas that stress verbal as well as visual skills. A total of 15 credits within the Liberal Studies division at MIAD are required to complete the minor. Students who minor in Art History fulfill their requirements through a variety of art history electives and discipline-specific courses.

AH212 – History of Modernism: Fine Art
AH213 – History of Modernism: Design

3 Credits

AH318 – Art History Elective
AH212/213* – History of Modernism

12 Credits

*a non-required section of Modernism may be taken as elective requirement.
Example: Design Majors may take Modernism: Fine Art as an elective towards their minor.

Business Minor

MIAD offers a Business minor in conjunction with nearby Marquette University. MIAD students electing to minor in business have a unique opportunity to explore a variety of business theory and practice areas. This minor is equally useful to designers or fine artists who intend to begin their own business or work in an established organization. A total of 15 credits are required to complete the minor.

Prerequisite for Accounting Electives:

MATH 1100 – College Algebra
OR
PRST 1140 – Foundations of Applied Math

not towards minor

Required:

LEOR 1500 – Intro to Entrepreneurship
LEOR 2050 – Leading Teams & Groups

6 Credits

Accounting Electives:

LEOR 2210 – Accounting Principles & Applications
BUAD 2100 – Accounting & Finance Fundamentals

3 Credits

Business Electives:

LEOR 2220 – Economic Theory and Practice
LEOR 2280 – Marketing Conccepts and E-commerce
LEOR 3320 – Organizational Processes

6 Credits

Copywriting Minor

MIAD offers a Copywriting minor in conjunction with nearby Marquette University. Copywriting Minor blends a rigorous study of brand strategy with creative practice. Students learn to write across all media and create a portfolio showcasing their copywriting talents. This is a great minor for Communication Design students who wish to strengthen their portfolios. It is also an excellent choice for students who want to hone their creative writing skills inspired by brands.

Required:

ADVE 1400 – Advertising Principles
ADVE 3400 – Advertisitng Copywriting
ADVE 4400 – Advanced Advertising Copywriting

9 Credits

Copywriting Electives:

DGMD 2335 – Intro to Scriptwriting
ENGL 3210 – Writing Practices & Processes
ENGL 3220 – Writing for Workplaces
ENGL 4250 – Creative Writing: Fiction
JOUR 4953 – Seminar in Journalism

6 Credits

Humanities Minor

The Humanities minor is particularly valuable for students who wish to pursue a broad-based humanist inquiry to compliment their studio experience. The minor is also valuable for studentes interested in graduate study, curatorial work, or as part of professional training in areas that stress an understanding of culture, society and foundations of the human condition. A total of 15 credits within the Liberal Studies division at MIAD are required to complete the minor. Students who minor in Humanities fulfill their requirements through a variety of humanities electives and discipline-specific courses.

HU340 – Humanities Elective
OR equivalent upper-level humanities elective*
15 Credits**

*A student may petition to apply 3 credits of HU380 based on demonstrated topical focus of the minor with approval of the Minor Advisor and Department Chair.
**Students that wish to declare Humanities and Psychology minor will need to complete an additional 6cr.

Natural Sciences Minor

Students may also elect to earn a minor in Natural Sciences. The Natural Sciences minor best fits students interested in learning more about nature, or who seek a career path where Natural Sciences and visual studies merge. Students may take electives in topic-based courses, seminars, or field experience. Final coursework in this minor is fufilled through an independent study coordinated with a science faculty member. A total of 15 credits in the sciences in the Liberal Studies division at MIAD are required to complete the minor.

SC220 – Patterns in Nature

3 credits
SC320 - Natural Science Elective 6 credits
SC350 - Natural Science Elective 6 credits
SC321 - Field Experience 6 credits
Science Independent Study 3 credits

*If a student bypasses SC220, an extra 3 credits in SC320/350/321 will be required to fulfill a minor.
**Final 3 credits must be an Independent Study with a science faculty instructor.

Psychology Minor

MIAD offers a Psychology minor in conjunction with nearby Marquette University. Psychology Minor is designed to help students gain a better understanding of psychology, which is the science of behavior, emotions, and mental processes. Coursework will also introduce students to possibilities in the practice of art therapy, though an advanced degree is generally required.

Required:

PSYC 1001 – General Psychology

3 Credits

Psychology Electives:

PSYC 3101 – Developmental Psychology: Conception to Adolescence
PSYC 3120 – Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging
PSYC 3201 – Introductory Social Psychology
PSYC 3210 – The Psychology of Prejudice
PSYC 3220 – Human Sexuality
PSYC 3230 – Business and Organizational

Psychology
PSYC 3401 – Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3501 – Theories of Personality
PSYC 3560 – Psychology of Religion

12 Credits*

*Students that wish to declare both a Humanities and Psychology Minor will need to complete an additional 6cr.

Writing Minor

The Writing minor is particularly valuable for students considering graduate study, curatorial work, or as part of professional training in design areas that stress verbal as well as visual skills. A total of 15 credits within the Liberal Studies division at MIAD are required to complete the minor. Students who minor in Writing fulfill their requirements through advanced-level writing courses, internships, independent study, and elective writing courses.

WR300 – The Creative Professional in Context

3 Credits

WR400 – Writing Seminar

3 Credits

WR340 – Writing Elective

9 Credits

You can find more information by downloading the MIAD Minor Requirements and Declaration Form.



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