Pre-College Summer Programs 2016

july 11 - july 22 Core Studio Concepts
july 11 - july 29 Advanced Studio Concepts

 Improvement was immediate - the first day brought me to a whole new level - work was hard and there was a lot of it, but I feel like I got A LOT out of the program. My professor was definitely the best art instructor I have ever had.

Emma


MIAD's Summer Pre-College is an intense, immersive, and exciting exploration of visual art and design for high school age students. Taught by MIAD faculty, this is an opportunity to create art all day, every day, and experience a college-level curriculum. It is also a chance to connect with other art students from across the country.

There are two programs: The two-week Core Studio Concepts is for beginning or intermediate students interested in exploring two areas of art study: The three-week Advanced Studio Concepts is for students ready for intensive college work in one area of art study; Advanced Studio students also receive 3 elective credits to MIAD.

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2016 Summer Program and Course Descriptions

Core Studio Concepts: Beginning to Intermediate Level Classes

Jul. 11 - Jul. 22
THE PROGRAM
Core Studio Concepts gives students a chance to take 2 classes. Carefully constructed courses address two- and three-dimensional issues of composition, form, design, mark-making and color. 
(non-credit) Beginning to intermediate ability level. Classes are held Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

THE CLASSES
BASIC OBSERVATIONAL AND FIGURE DRAWING
Instructor: Scott Taylor
This class introduces the fundamentals of drawing. Using still-life, self-portraits, the clothed model and other subjects, students learn to see and comprehend from visual experiences. Through experimentation with different drawing tools and techniques from contemporary and historical practices, students learn how to translate three-dimensional objects to two-dimensional images on paper.

DRAWING THROUGH PRINTMAKING
Instructor: Matt Presutti
Drawing through printmaking examines the concept of drawing and its applications to the process of printmaking. Students engage in basic observational drawing exercises and a variety of printmaking techniques. The course is structured to introduce the fundamentals of mark making and composition, as well as non-toxic print shop practices through the creation of multiples in dry point, collagraph, and screenprinting.

GRAPHIC DESIGN (This class has filled. Please contact us at 414-847-3333 to be put on a wait list.)
Instructor:
Nicole Hauch
This course is an introduction to the use of the computer as a tool of visual communication design and a medium of artistic expression. Coursework allows the student to begin an exploration of various software and hardware used by designers and other artists. These objectives are achieved through a series of in-depth studio projects, short exercises, demonstrations, critiques and lectures. Studio projects and exercises include assignments in a variety of graphic software applications.

KINETIC PUPPETRY THEATRE
Instructor: Bruce Humphries
Instruction is directed toward a final project of the student's design, which may include animated toys, disjointed dolls or dancing marionettes. Issues covered include: mechanism design, hand cranks, levers and gears, along with cardboard, wood and/or paper construction techniques aimed at animating puppets.  Prerequisites: Must be comfortable using utility knives.

PAINTING
Instructor: Robert Meincke

This course provides an introductory experience in painting, beginning with methods of underpainting and various approaches to paint handling. The work is from direct observation, but also encourages individual imagination and self-expression. Students are introduced to various wash techniques, painting surfaces and textural manipulations. Assignments seek to promote understanding of the use of color, the importance of composition and the means to represent volume. Students use acrylic paint while working from indoor still-life displays and the external environment.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Instructor: Paul Calhoun

This course covers basic principles of all forms of photography using digital technology. Projects encompass studio portraiture, city landscape, and photojournalism of local events, while incorporating camera handling, digital manipulation and printing. Students engage in the practice of group critiques to gain insight, learn how to talk about their work and others, and to propel their ideas. The session will end in a gallery exhibition of work created during the class. Students must bring their own digital camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed controls.

Core Studio Concepts Costs

Core Studio Concepts
Tuition: $1150
Supplies: $175
Room & Board (optional): $785
Commuters may purchase meals on a cash basis.
This is what your investment gets:
• Portfolio-ready work in every studio class
• Formal portfolio reviews from experienced reviewers
• Strong foundational skills in beginning- to intermediate-level studio classes
• Curatorial skills through a formal exhibition of your summer's work.
• Public recognition at a reception for the summer exhibitions.

Core Studio Concepts Application

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

We are excited that you are planning a summer that will challenge you creatively and connect you to so many rewarding opportunities. What better way to spend your summer vacation? To make sure you get the classes you want, we recommend that you complete a preliminary online registration and submit your $50 deposit (refundable by June 1) to reserve your classes. Then you can move to the next step of filling out, and submitting the completed registration and scholarship forms. Call our office at 414-847-3330 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Core Studio Concepts Application Checklist
• Reserve your classes now with a simple Online Form and a $50 deposit (refundable by June 1), and/or …
• Download your complete Application Form that includes: Contact Information, Housing Request, Permission Forms, Medical History and Teacher Recommendation. After we receive this information we will send you a confirmation letter and an invoice for your final amount due which is payable on or before June 1.

For MIAD’s Merit/Need-Based scholarship (April 1 Deadline)
Complete the downloadable Scholarship Form and make sure to include:
• Digital Portfolio with 10 images of recent work. Images must be saved in JPEG format with each image kept under one megabyte. Include a list of images stating the title, medium and year created. Submit images to our dropbox: http://www.miad.edu/precollegedropbox/, or clearly print your name on a CD and submit it through the mail.
• Current high school transcript
• Family Income Statement
• Teacher’s recommendation form in closed envelope with “signed seal”


Advanced Studio Concepts: Advanced Level Classes

Jul. 11 - Jul. 29
THE PROGRAM
Advanced Studio Concepts gives the serious high school junior, senior or graduate the opportunity for a focused studio experience that reflects the dynamic environment of MIAD’s Foundations year of college. You are challenged to ask deep questions about the nature of contemporary art and design, media, materials, influences and process. We want you to craft answers that you feel are important to your visual identity, and focus on new ways of seeing, thinking, creating, and communicating. Inquiry and research-based modes of teaching help you connect and contextualize the work you create. An important goal for Advanced Studio Concepts is the development of a portfolio that illustrates the talent and skill essential for entrance to colleges of art and design. Students must submit 10 slides of original work to be considered for this program. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(3 MIAD college credits) Advanced ability level.

THE CLASSES
ANIMATION
Instructor: James Barany
This animated time-based journey is an intense overview that includes Storyboarding, Animatics, Stop-Motion Animation fundamentals, Rotoscoping, Kinetic Typography, Non-linear Editing, Video/Audio Compositing, and Media Installations. The course begins with intensive ideation and screen-writing sessions that are designed to help define the student's focus. Participants then apply these ideas as they explore MIAD's animation and video facilities working between the animation drawing studios, stop-motion capture labs, green screen studio, sound booth and video editing suites to create phenomenal animated works that will reinforce numerous portfolio requirements. Once introduced to the facilities and digital equipment through a series of initial investigations, students will then be required to draw back upon those preliminary experiences and challenged to create individually driven work that connects with these new discoveries. Numerous screenings by contemporary time-based media artists will help to develop a historical context and sense of awareness within this new body of work. Prerequisite: 1. A proven ability/comfort with drawing and figure drawing. Drawing will not be the only means of creating in this course, but it will serve as the foundation throughout.  2. A sense of comfort with digital media and technology. Some experience with Photoshop or Illustrator is preferred. Additional exposure to animation or video software such as: After Effects, Premier, iStopmotion, iMovie, Dragonframe, Garage Band, etc., would be very helpful – but not required

ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN
Instructor: Robert Lynch
Students who want to become designers learn how to re-invent the world - by offering design proposals communicated through sketches, drawings, and scale models. They must be willing to embrace and explore what they know, and ultimately to challenge, or even abandon, conventional ways of thinking. In this class you are introduced to architecture and interior design - the products, objects, spaces, and structures for which these disciplines are responsible, and the design processes and methods for conceiving of, and creating these designs.You will be immersed in your existing circumstances and environments, and asked to propose and create new ones. Projects will range from the design of an interior space to that of a small-scale architectural environment. Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward and near the downtown area, MIAD is ideally situated to take advantage of the city’s rich architectural heritage. Visits to local historic and modern buildings, and to professional architectural and interior design offices, serve to introduce students to the professional working environment.

FIELD PAINTING AND DRAWING
Instructor: Brooklyn Henke
Students investigate methods of observational drawing and painting while exploring the urban and natural spaces of Milwaukee. Engaging with the space around them, students produce a naturalist's portfolio of space, urban landscape, birds, plants, and insects. This course includes multiple field trips and outdoor experiences, and is meant for students with a keen interest in the world around them. Along with field studies, students can expect a rigorous study of composition, color, value, perspective, form, space, and development of the portfolio. Students will look at naturalist and explorer John James Audubon, Walton Ford, Fabrice Moireau, The Hudson Rive School artists, and many others for inspiration.

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Instructor: Adam Setala

Graphic Designers work to create visual communication that motivates and inspires the viewer. Employed by a wide range of industries, they serve as a primary creative force to promote products, concepts and image. Class assignments explore the many hats worn by Graphic Designers today, and will engage you in real-life “concept to completion” product development through an Identity and Branding Campaign. Instruction includes exploration of design principles that include hierarchy, compositional arrangement and typographic form and how they apply to the profession. You will complete assignments using traditional and digital applications. The digital applications allow you to explore page layout, illustration and image creation and manipulation. Software is used as a production tool only; course emphasis is placed on design process, concept and creativity.

ILLUSTRATION (This class has filled. Please call 414-847-3333 to be put on a wait list.)
Instructor: John Matson
Illustrators are visual problem solvers and communicators. The work of illustrators can be found in many different formats, from picture books and magazine covers to skateboard graphics and concept art for video games. Illustrators work with paint, collage, charcoal, ink, watercolor, sculpture and digital media. What unifies all illustrators, regardless of style, media or final application of their art, is the ability to visually communicate an idea with imagery. Students enrolled in MIAD's Illustration Pre-College program will learn how a professional illustrator works with clients, how to think through assigned projects, develop effective concepts, and translate their ideas into compelling visual solutions. Class assignments will challenge conceptually, explore traditional and digital media techniques, and clarify, through first hand experience, the relationship between illustration and communication design.

IMAGING THE FIGURE IN COLOR
Instructor: Rosalie Beck
Enhance your drawing skills through interpretation of the figure and its surroundings using color-drawing media (pastel and pencil). Instruction includes a thorough study of basic figure gestures, proportion and value, and is structured around art historical color concepts comprising three primary focuses:
1) Traditional value-based use of color, 2) Impressionism, optical mixing, Pointillism, and 3) Expressionist use of color. Each component of the course includes slides to investigate artists who influenced color during the dominant historical period.  This research forms the basis for a group of self portraits produced by the student.

PHOTOGRAPHY: STORYTELLING STRATEGIES
Instructor: Naomi Shersty
Learn the various ways in which photographers bring storytelling strategies into image making.   Instruction includes both traditional and experimental techniques for implementing narrative into singular, as well as sequential, photographic experiences.  Further attention will be dedicated to how the book form can be utilized in conjunction with photographic imagery and text to relay a story. Prerequisites: Must bring your own DSLR camera, and understand its basic operating functions.

Advanced Studio Concepts Costs

Advanced Studio Concepts
Tuition: $1430
Supplies: $175
Room & Board (optional): $1260
Commuters may purchase meals on a cash basis.
This is what your investment gets:
• Portfolio-ready work in every studio class
• Formal portfolio reviews from experienced reviewers
• Development of conceptual skills in advanced-level studio classes
• 3 MIAD elective college credits
• Work with premier MIAD faculty in state-of-the-art faciities
• Curatorial skills through a formal exhibition of your summer's work.
• Public recognition at a reception and final awards ceremony.

Advanced Studio Concepts Application

THE APPLICATION PROCESS
We are excited that you are planning a summer that will challenge you creatively and connect you to so many rewarding opportunities. What better way to spend your summer vacation? To make sure you get the classes you want, we recommend that you complete a preliminary online registration and submit your $50 deposit to reserve your classes. Then you can move to the next step of filling out, and submitting the completed registration and scholarship forms. Call our office at 414-847-3330 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Advanced Studio Concepts Application Checklist
• Reserve your classes now with a simple Online Form and a $50 deposit (refundable by June 1), and/or …
• Download your complete Application Form that includes: Contact Information, Housing Request, Permission Forms, Medical History and Teacher Recommendation. After we receive this information we will send you a confirmation letter and an invoice for your final amount due which is payable on or before June 1.
• Digital Portfolio with 10 images of recent work. Images must be saved in JPEG format with each image kept under one megabyte. Include a list of images stating the title, medium and year created. Your work can be submitted on our dropbox at: http://www.miad.edu/precollegedropbox/, or clearly print your name on a CD with images that you mail to us.
For MIAD’s Merit/Need-Based scholarship (April 1 Deadline) Complete the downloadable Scholarship Form and make sure to include:
• Current high school transcript
• Family Income Statement
• Teacher’s recommendation form in closed envelope with “signed seal”


Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to the generous support from our funders, MIAD is pleased to present the following scholarship opportunities.

Digital Portfolios can be submitted on our dropbox at: http://www.miad.edu/precollegedropbox

MIAD's Merit/Need-Based Scholarship Competition
DEADLINE APRIL 1
Partial tuition scholarships are awarded to local and out-of-state students based on merit and financial need.
MIAD's Merit/Need-Based Scholarship Competition Form

DPI Scholarships
There is a limited amount of grant money supporting the DPI scholarships, and it is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those students applying after the grant money has been allocated will be notified and placed on a waiting list. Students will be notified if an opening in the program occurs.
DPI Scholarship Application Form (Students should not submit $50 deposit)

DPI Pre-College Scholarships --APPLICATION MUST BE SIGNED BY YOUR PRINCIPAL!
Students must reside in Wisconsin and be free- or reduced-lunch eligible in school. Scholarship covers tuition, supplies, meals and room for students beyond commuting distance. Complete the DPI downloadable form and return to MIAD's Pre-College office.

Mark Your 2016 Calendar

  • Apr. 1, MIAD Scholarship Deadline
  • Apr. 1, DPI Scholarship Deadline
    June 1, Registration/Final Payment Deadline (no refunds after June 1)
  • July 10, Orientation Sunday
  • July 11-22, Core Studio Concepts
  • July 23, Core Studio Concepts Exhibition and Reception
  • July 11-29, Advanced Studio Concepts Program
  • July 30, Advanced Studio Concepts Exhibition and Awards Ceremony