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Your Creative Path Starts Here.

Your creative path
starts here.

There is an energy to this place, and we thrive on it. We collaborate, innovate and solve problems together. We connect in meaningful ways and take inspiration from the vibrant world around us. We believe in the power of art and design to not merely reflect the world, but to change it. 

This is where your passion finds purpose.

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MIAD announces new
Fashion and Apparel Design major

Long recognized as a conduit to pattern, apparel and textile designers and makers in the industry, MIAD is thrilled to announce its new Fashion and Apparel Design major beginning in fall 2023. Apply now to express your vision, while learning to navigate the industry. Make clothing. For everyone.


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A person wearing a silky pink off-the-shoulder crop top and floral pants poses in front of a brown backdrop and cherry blossoms.

MIAD by the numbers. Ranked in the top 20 small art colleges in the nation. Ranked in the top 10 best schools for Illustration in the Great Lakes. Ranked in the top 10 in the Midwest for Communication Design. 4 MIAD NSP Students have been accepted to the prestigious Yale Norfolk summer program in the last 4 years. Nearly 30% of MIAD graduates own their own businesses.

“The included artists [MIAD Alumni] demonstrate strengths in a variety of media, a testament to the college’s multimedia approach and trends of the current art world.”


John McKinnon

Former Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Milwaukee Art Museum

“You don’t measure MIAD’s impact just by the wonderful artists it educates. Its grads work in companies throughout the region… MIAD is a vital part of our creative capital.”


Julia Taylor

Retired President, Greater Milwaukee Committee

“The talent of the MIAD students is inspiring, and the faculty really does a great job of leading the students toward a real-world experience. That is a goal where all truly benefit.”


Ray Drea

Chief Stylist, Harley-Davidson Motor Corporation


Do what you love
for life.

You’ll be prepared to take on the professional world with a voice and vision all your own. Do what you love for a living. Do it for life.


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Explore studios, labs, classrooms, student apartments and MKE.


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Application & Merit Scholarships

MIAD’s Application & Merit Scholarship priority deadline is February 15, 2023. Submit your application today!

Info Day

Join us in person on MIAD’s campus on February 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for MIAD Info Day! 

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MIAD Creativity Series

MIAD Creativity Series presents Cas Holman: The Power of Play on Wednesday, February 15 at 6 p.m. Learn more and register!


"For those who want to leave a mark" text overlaid on a screen printed butterfly


MIAD student work highlights Unfinished Legacy

Detail of a painting of two rabbits in a pink and orange field of flowers with metallic accents.


Two MIAD alumni featured in Museum of Wisconsin Art

Two pairs of wooden earrings laser cut in a flower pattern. Live white flowers are in the top of the background.


Product photography serves MIAD alum’s business

Tiled bathroom ornamented with mop heads. A yonic red tapestry hangs above the bathtub.


Sarah Ball Allis exhibition interrupts expectations


Upcoming Exhibit

Art Against the Odds (Art of Incarcerated Individuals)

Dates: January 16 – March 4, 2023
Reception: January 19, 6 – 8 p.m.


Upcoming Exhibit

Wig Heavier Than a Boot: Work by David Johnson & Philip Matthews

Dates: January 16 – March 4, 2023
Reception: January 26, 6 – 8 p.m.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.