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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 design programs named among best in Midwest

In its 2023 rankings, Animation Career Review named MIAD’s Communication Design, Illustration and Animation programs among the best in the state and region.


Communication Design Illustration
Close up shot of loteria cards. Mainly pink backgrounds.
Exterior photograph of the riverwalk along MIAD's building

Our Creative Future campaign raises $10 million

MIAD has exceeded its comprehensive campaign goal of $10 million, closing the campaign thanks to the support of its generous donors.


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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 7% 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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Illustration critique
Zine Library against a yellow wall in the E+I center

Creating an
inclusive MIAD.

Whether you’re a student, faculty member, staff or visitor, we encourage you to join us as we create a more equitable and inclusive college.


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Creating an
inclusive MIAD.

Whether you’re a student, faculty member, staff or visitor, we encourage you to join us as we create a more equitable and inclusive college.


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MIAD's Equity and Inclusion Center


Holiday Outlet

Kicking off on Small Business Saturday, November 25, visit MIAD Gallery at The Ave’s first-ever Holiday Outlet.

MIAD Holiday Sale

MIAD’s Holiday Sale returns November 30 – December 2, 2023


A blue and pale yellow illustration of three people using recording equipment.


Collaborative community: Fine Art faculty live MIAD values

Blue and white artisan painted ornament


MIAD alum Sajnani selected as MAM 2023 ornament designer

Sarah Eichhorn


MIAD Values Recognition Award: Sarah Eichhorn

Pink and blue ornament with a nutcracker.


Ornament Trail features MIAD alumni, faculty, students


Frederick Layton Gallery

Works from the Layton School of Art

October 2 – December 8, 2023

Layton School of Art Illustration alum.

Brooks Stevens Gallery

Here & Now
Work from MIAD Faculty

October 16 – November 18, 2023

Matthew Lee, “The Excavation at Hell Creek,” 2023.