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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. 

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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 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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YouVisit 3D tour

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


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Take a look inside

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


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YouVisit 3D tour


Dear Nature

Visit The Avenue until October 2023 to view Dear Nature, an exhibition in partnership with Sculpture Milwaukee!

Shop MIAD Merch

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A high heeled shoe sculpted out of ice with "Creative Fusion 2023" engraved on it


Successful Creative Fusion gala closes Our Creative Future campaign

Illustration of a fantastical monstrous gray creature with a long face and long fingers and limbs.


Magic: The Gathering tournament in Italy features Illustration faculty

Poster design for a fundraising gala. A bear with firey phoenix wings and a bag full of croquet equipment carries children on its back.


2023 Penfield Poster Competition bolsters professional experience

gener8tor Art 2023 Spring Cohort


MIAD alumni, faculty selected for gener8tor x Sherman Phoenix 2023 Spring Cohort


Brooks Stevens Gallery

Boyfriend Material

May 22 – July 15, 2023
Curated by LaNia Sproles ’17

Anwar Mahdi, “Persephone Escaping the Underworld,” 2023, installation view.

Frederick Layton Gallery

Don’t Call Me Junior! Showcasing student work from the 3rd year

June 5 – July 22, 2023
Gallery Night: Friday, July 21