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FYE: First-Year Experience

discovering the why.

FYE: First-Year Experience nurtures your individuality. It challenges you to ask deeper questions about the nature of visual culture, art, design, technology, media, materials, influences and process. In FYE studio courses you’ll be immersed in making in two, three, and four dimensions. You will blend contemporary and traditional technologies in your courses and work: whether you’re 3-D printing in our maker space, pulling prints, editing audio files for a video, filling up your sketch book with systems of drawing, creating a process book based on your experience in our various labs, creating visual maps of the Third Ward where MIAD is located, or uncovering the history of art and design through a study of objects, you’ll be constantly making and thinking. You’ll be engaged in conversations and critique, while connecting experiences with skills and knowledge. You’ll make meaning.

FYE offers you the freedom to ask questions through multiple tools and media. You’ll discover that what you do, and how, is vitally important to becoming an artist or designer. But it’s the why that enriches your making and learning. And FYE is steeped in the why. We position you at the center of your learning, and it’s your questions, observations, making and research that will fuel your growth. Visit the FYE Image Gallery to see more examples of this discovery process, and facilities and labs available to you during this exploration.


View hundreds more examples in the FYE Image Gallery

FYE courses will challenge you to experiment and expand. They will challenge you to think both critically and creatively. You’ll meet students and professionals in the academic programs. You’ll learn digital technologies that are essential for today’s creative marketplace. And you’re never alone. You will always be surrounded by the support of MIAD’s vibrant creative community. In FYE, you’ll discover how and where you belong in our creative culture.