Our vision is to be a galvanized educational and creative community, addressing universal needs through our thought, design and expression. Each year we share with you highlights of our college community’s amazing achievements and acknowledge our generous supporters who help ignite curious minds through art, design and service.
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Five-Year Strategic Plan
Launching Milwaukee’s Creative Professionals
Art and design practice is rapidly changing in a world defined by emerging technologies, an entrepreneurial spirit and new ways of communicating. MIAD’s programs and experiences hone the top skills employers worldwide demand. Students ask “What’s Possible?” and then develop real solutions to meet real needs.
Nowhere are these top professional skills more needed than in Milwaukee, and nowhere is a college more poised to provide them.
MIAD is growing its enrollment, integrated academic programs and student and community experiences. Unique applications of emerging technologies are flourishing through the MIAD Innovation Center.
All these achievements help students excel on a professional journey that begins from their first moments on campus.
At the midpoint of our strategic plan, the college already has exceeded many of our aggressive goals – growing enrollment 40% over the past five years and retaining 80.5% of first-year students from their first to second year. Out of state enrollment is approaching 50%, and many of our graduates remain in Wisconsin after graduation for at least their first job.
Through this strategic plan, MIAD is launching the programs and creative professionals who are transforming our community.
Goals & Objectives
1. Recruiting: Seeking future artists and designers
- Increase new student enrollment to 274 (14 percent) by fall 2022.
- Provide scholarship and grant aid at appropriate levels to maintain affordability of, and access to, MIAD’s education.
- Diversify enrollment of new students demographically and geographically.
2. Retaining: Promising our students a four-year professional journey
- Increase first-time, first-year student retention 2 percent annually, to reach 82 percent by 2022.
- Increase sophomore-to-junior retention rates in the majors to 90 percent by Fall 2022 (i.e., sophomore attrition no higher than 10 percent).
- Increase retention rates of various groups such as first-generation students, minority students and commuters, among others with identified needs, by fall 2022.
3. Learning: Launching new and compelling curricular programming
- Create new curricular tracks to respond to students’ evolving interests in contemporary design and art programming and careers.
- Energize student learning through increased role of digital technology in studios, classrooms and courses.
- Build inclusivity and diversity in our curriculum and academic experiences (Adopted April 2019).
4. Making: Revitalizing the campus to transform learning
- Create a compelling physical and external presence that invites the community to engage with MIAD’s galleries, programs and facilities.
- Establish our brand throughout the campus to reinforce the MIAD experience.
- Create an engaging learning environment to transform student learning.
- Promote MIAD’s distinctive strength in professional preparation (Adopted April 2019).
5. Living: Building a life of purpose in the professions and the community
- Develop a center to foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.
- Strengthen the college’s commitment to Service Learning to continue to distinguish our students’ roles in the community.
- Develop programming to increase the economic, cultural and societal role MIAD plays in the region.
- Strengthen the college’s commitment to inclusivity by making visible, educating about and celebrating diversity (Adopted April 2019).
For more information about the Strategic Plan, contact President Jeff Morin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-847-3210.
(Updated September 2019)
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is a private, non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Wisconsin for the purpose of providing a professional education to students of the visual arts and related design fields. The college offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Communication Design, Illustration, Industrial Design (Product Design), Interior Architecture and Design and New Studio Practice: Fine Arts.
The Wisconsin State Approving Agency under Title 38, US Code, approves the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree of MIAD for the training of veterans for federal veterans’ education benefits.
HEERF Grant Reports
MIAD is eligible to receive funds under Section 18004(a)(1) and 18004(a)(2) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
CARES Act Grant Report – Student Emergency Funds – ARP – 123121 FINAL
CARES Act Grant Report – Student Emergency Funds – ARP – 093021
CARES Act Grant Report Q2 – 2021-0630
CARES Act Grant Report – Student Emergency Funds – CRRSSA – 03/31/21 FINAL
CARES Act Grant Report Qtr Ended – 03/31/21
CARES Act Grant Report Qtr Ended – 12/31/20 REVISED
CARES Act Grant Report Qtr Ended – 12/31/20
CARES Act Grant Report Qtr Ended – 9/30/2020
CARES Act Grant Report – Student Emergency Funds – 09/30/20 FINAL
CARES Act Grant Report – 09/30/2020
CARES Act Grant Report – 08/07/2020
CARES Act Grant Report – 06/24/2020
CARES Act Grant Report – 05/20/2020
Three MIAD Communication Design students received 60th anniversary American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine. The students were selected from over 8,000 entries, and judged alongside professional design work. Fewer than 10% of entrants received an award.
Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) seniors from MIAD were taken to new heights on November 13 when they toured the construction site of The Couture, a 44-story skyscraper under construction that will be Milwaukee’s tallest residential and mixed-use building. The tour was part of a series of tours their senior thesis “Building Systems” class is taking with instructor Dan Kalkman, AIA.
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) selected the design of MIAD alum Debbie Sajnani ’16 (Communication Design) for its 2023 annual ornament. The ornaments are recreated each year by artisans using a reserve painting technique, according to MAM.
For decades, Milwaukee has hosted an annual Holiday Lights Festival. To commemorate the festival’s 25th anniversary, Milwaukee Downtown will also host the new Ornament Trail this year. Five Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alumni and one instructor, who teamed up with both students and alumni, produced giant ornaments for the event.
Sarah Eichhorn, Visiting Instructor of Fashion and Apparel Design, received the October 2023 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Eichhorn’s nominations speak to her Kindness, Inclusiveness, Innovation and support of MIAD’s Community.