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Your creative path
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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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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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Summer Pre-College 2023

Summer pre-college registration is open!

MIAD Merchandise

View MIAD’s new merchandise now available for sale!  


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Liberal Studies faculty on art history

Filigreed metal human-shaped sculpture reaches with sunset in the background


Neighborhood markers and community: Brandon Minga

Assortment of protective and medical objects for taking care of a premature baby laid on a green cloth


Photography alum featured in Madison, WI solo exhibition

Mixed media multicolored tapestry with yarn and seeds


NSP: Fine Arts students exhibit at TASK Creative


Upcoming Exhibit

Art Against the Odds (Art of Incarcerated Individuals)

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


Call for Proposals

MIAD Call for 2024 Exhibition Proposals

Submit your proposal by January 31, 2023