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Bringing creative minds together for professional development and personal enrichment.
New trends, technology and challenges need new ideas, skill sets and relationships. MIAD’s Continuing Education helps meet these challenges through innovative programming that fosters:
• Interdisciplinary thought and practices
• Re-envisioning of personal and professional creativity
• Collaborative cultural and business relationships that enhance exceptional learning opportunities

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Choosing the Right Ability Level

Beginning or Introductory Classes develop basic skill sets in a variety of disciplines that span fine arts, design and related technologies and have no prerequisites. The foundation built through introductory-level instruction:
• Teaches basic competency levels
• Enhances and regenerates creative development
• Establishes a pathway to higher levels of learning
Intermediate and Advanced Classes have the prerequisites listed which are considered the minimum knowledge needed to participate effectively in a class that is designed to:
• Explore subject areas in depth
• Assist participants to develop a body of work
• Promote interdisciplinary practices
• Encourage conceptual development
• Provide art/design historical context
• Conduct regular critique sessions
• Develop portfolio-ready pieces
• Promote professional networking opportunities
Questions about these programs? Contact MIAD Continuing Education: 414‑847‑3333, conted@miad.edu

Registration for the Fall Semester

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS ONE WEEK BEFORE START OF CLASS

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Fall Classes

The health and safety of the MIAD community, including all guests on campus, will continue to drive our decisions as we navigate and remain flexible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we have converted all possible courses to an online format for the Fall Pre-College and Continuing Education programs.

Policies for Online Courses:

  • Minimum technical requirements to ensure a successful experience will be posted on the supply lists.
  • Courses will be taught synchronously. Therefore, students will need to attend during the scheduled time as if the course were at MIAD.
  • If an instructor or student becomes ill before or during the program and cannot complete the course, a reimbursement will be issued for the remaining classes. Reimbursements will not be issued unless a student cannot return to class.

Online Saturday Morning Classes 9am–Noon

SB734A: Introduction to Storyboarding (NEW)
This class is designed to teach students how to visually represent sequences in a coherent, easy-to-understand manner. Students learn the basics of storytelling, perspective and shot choices and the rules of shooting cinematically. Using the thumbnail technique, students are encouraged to sketch through multiple ideas quickly and collaboratively, resulting in polished storyboard sequences that can be used in a variety of mediums.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Jon Brown

SB741A: Drawing with Intention (NEW)
Learn how to express your personal values by exploring your physical surroundings and the unique relationships you share with the places and people in your community. This class assists students in investigating what’s important to them and highlights different artistic approaches to representing their unique point of view. Students can expect to complete expressive, observational and collage drawings and engage in group conversations that help identify potential narratives for their drawings. No experience necessary.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215
Instructor: LaNia Sproles

SB503A: Beginning Drawing: Techniques and Strategies
This class introduces the basics of drawing and engages students with a variety of drawing tools and techniques that advance them to the next level of drawing competency. Through experimentation, students develop their mechanical skills and observational ability, as well as strategies to continue their explorations.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

SB537A: Intro to Digital Photography
Students develop competency in the digital darkroom through lessons and projects that teach photography and digital editing skills that result in expressive visual language. No previous experience with Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom is necessary; however, students must have their own DSLR camera. This course includes photography assignments that require some minimal time commitment beyond the scheduled classes.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Rebecca Kames

SB715A: Introduction to Calligraphy
Western calligraphy is rooted in the beautiful tradition of diversity. In this course, students discover the basic principles of hand lettering that reach back nearly 2,000 years and established our modern alphabet. Students learn to find the similarities in calligraphic writing through weekly projects built upon an understanding of the tools and techniques used to create historic letter forms. You are invited to be part of a wonderful tradition of royal court scribes, medieval monks, Italian merchant record keepers, and English engravers in the art of beautiful writing. All levels welcome!
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Craig Kalbas

SB743A: Fundamentals of Oil Painting (NEW)
Fundamentals of Oil Painting considers the materials and process used to construct a painting. Students are exposed to the processes and ideologies of a variety of artists working within contemporary and historical contexts. Observational work is approached through the implementation of still lifes and interior spaces. Students are instructed in the support/ground construction for a painting, optical and palette mixing, as well as glaze application. Students may opt to participate in optional canvas preparation instruction, with the extra materials being purchased at the student’s expense.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Joe Boblick

SB744A: Illustrator Basics + Laser Cutting (NEW)
In this course, students become familiar with a foundational understanding of Adobe Illustrator and learn to apply this knowledge to create projects for laser cutting/etching. No prior experience is required, but students should be comfortable with computers. Class begins by looking at what is possible with laser cutting and moves into translating ideas and sketches into digital renderings with Illustrator. Each student may choose which materials they would like to cut/etch their renderings into and is instructed on laser cutter operations to complete their project(s).
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Kayle Karbowski

Online Saturday Afternoon Classes 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

SB735B: Portrait Illustration (NEW)
Have you always wanted to tell the stories of our time by illustrating the people shaping it? In this class, students explore a variety of approaches to portrait illustration that reveal the character and/or story of their subject. Sessions are spent looking at inspirational contemporary work, discussing research techniques and experimenting with different styles using a variety of traditional materials. This class is a perfect way to imaginatively comment on and engage with the personalities forming our cultural landscape!
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215
Instructor: David Beyer

SB727B: Art, Activism and the Sketchbook
In this course, students are asked to consider and juxtapose their personal life experiences with those of other citizens, and examine how the actions of art-making and political activism can be a conduit for powerful narratives. Through the active maintenance of a sketchbook (aka visual journal or field book), students engage with contemporary texts that highlight art and personal practices that reside (and slide) on this intriguing continuum of the personal vs. the political. Through various modes of working, including stenciling, zines, collage, painting and performance, students learn to question and locate their current position on this conceptual, creative spectrum and how personal investigation might transform what and how they create in the future.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Zoë Darling

SB745B: Design Is Play (NEW)
Learn and practice the creative power of play. This course explores the history and current applications of play across different design disciplines. Through sometimes silly and spontaneous collaborative activities, students practice imaginative and playful ways of thinking and problem-solving together. These design practices encourage students to think about the ways we interact with each other and our world, and how we can use playful modes of thinking and creating to make positive changes. Students then use these practiced methods to guide them through their own individual projects.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Elias Mittelstadt

SB746B: Acrylic Painting Basics (NEW)
Designed for beginners, this course teaches students how to get started painting in acrylics. The class covers: the difference between acrylic and oil paints, how to use acrylic paints to the best effect, basic primary color palettes and mixing, color theory, basic tools and equipment and the correct use of value in painting. The instructor provides one-on-one feedback as you develop your paintings.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Robert Meincke

SB517B: Figure Drawing
In this course, students consider the figure within space and context as the basis for the development of their compositional skills and understanding. Using portraiture to investigate the form of the human body and developing an awareness of anatomical structures, students learn to structure the space of the “stage” the figure is presented in. While models are not used in the online course, students explore the figure by working from observation and real life settings.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Joe Boblick

SB747B: 2D Animation (NEW)
This course introduces the concepts of traditional 2D animation and allows students to create animations based on the 12 Principles of Animation first defined by Disney Studios. Students are given an overview of animation processes and introduced to techniques and strategies including: Squash and Stretch, timing, anticipation and staging to help them draw their own characters in motion.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215
Instructor: Jon Brown

In-Person Saturday Morning Class 9:00 a.m.–Noon

SB740A: Mild Steel Forming and Fabrication (NEW)
This class is an opportunity to get your feet warm with an introduction to steel fabrication including: forging and cold forming, welding, basic machining, alongside design and layout techniques. The course looks at architectural elements and fine art tactics from Milwaukee and beyond. Students are asked to come prepared with three rough concepts, moderately scaled, from which we will select one to develop into a finished work of art. This course is not open to Pre-College students.
Oct. 17 – Dec. 5 (No class Nov. 28), 7 sessions
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Mira Rychner

Policies for Mild Steel Forming & Fabrication at MIAD:

  • Class size will be restricted to 8 students and will engage in appropriate social distancing.
  • Face masks will be required. Students are required to bring their own face mask.
  • Sanitization products and instructions for properly sanitizing work spaces will be provided in the classrooms.
  • Students will be expected to properly clean their work areas before and after use each class.
  • Students are expected to follow MIAD protocols for navigating the building (one-way staircases, limits to the number of passengers in the elevators, etc.).
  • Students should self-monitor for signs of COVID-19, and we ask that students stay home if they are feeling ill. Reimbursements will not be issued unless a student cannot return to class.
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