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The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is where emerging technology meets creativity. The MIAD Innovation Center is the college’s hub that fosters innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and making to challenge our students’ individual interests, support academic programming and collaborate with corporate and nonprofit partners.

The MIAD Innovation Center develops innovators through three unique approaches to engagement:

Virtual Reality

Students use emerging technology in a variety of art and design projects.

Incubation – provides a common space open to all students, regardless of  major, to experiment, develop and generate creative ideas, projects and methodologies.

Collaboration – supports students to come together and explore opportunities to collaborate outside of structured courses, while providing corporate clients, nonprofits and innovative industry leaders opportunities to work with students and provide students with real-world, hands-on experience.

Education – engages students and the community in ongoing educational seminars, discussions and demonstrations on inspiring topics and ideas, innovative methodologies, the entrepreneurial spirit, legal issues, market understanding and social and cultural diversity.

Innovation Center project presentation

“Our work with the students at the MIAD Innovation Center was an incredible experience. Students were full of energy and certainly not afraid to venture into the new territories that our path took. I was most impressed with the creativity of each student and how diverse their finished products were from one another  well beyond my expectations.”

– Ken Matthews, Owner, Ink 360, following a project to design 360° bottle labels


Contact Us

For inquiries about collaborative projects and educational programming, contact:

For inquiries about supporting the MIAD innovation Center, contact:

  • Vivian Rothschild, Vice President for Development and Communications,, 414.847.3239 (office), 414.507.7364 (mobile)

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