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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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MIAD's Equity and Inclusion 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


National Portfolio Day

Join us for the 2023 Milwaukee National Portfolio Day at MIAD on Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10am to 2pm.

Shop MIAD Merch

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A colorful mural depicting Olmsted and scenes from public parks.


MIAD Fine Art faculty selected for national Olmsted panel

Latine Student Exhibition, September 15 - October 13


Inaugural Latine Student Exhibition announces winners

Colorful digital painting of a person surrounded by saguaro cactuses


MIAD alum designs Kohl’s collection for Hispanic Heritage Month

Anna Hillary


Anna Hillary selected as Writing and Humanities full-time faculty


Frederick Layton Gallery

Works from the Layton School of Art

October 2 – December 8, 2023

Layton School of Art Illustration alum.

Brooks Stevens Gallery

Make Me Feel
Artifacts to Challenge Convention

August 21 – October 6, 2023

“Swing-A-Way ice crusher,” produced by Swing-A-Way, donated to MIAD by Edward and Dorinne Green.