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Admissions Events

MIAD offers several in-person and virtual events throughout the year for prospective students to learn more. From information sessions to Portfolio Days, we invite you to join us for an event!

Experiment. Explore. Discover. You are welcome here.



Are you an admitted student attending MIAD in fall 2024? Please join us for Admitted Student Day on Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.! This event will be held at MIAD located at 273 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Get an up close and personal look at our facilities and see what it’s like to be part of our community!



MIAD participates in many in-person and online National Portfolio Day events. View the full schedule at

All events (both online and in-person) require pre-registration at

To learn more about Milwaukee National Portfolio Day and to pre-register, please visit


You can meet us at the following National Portfolio Day events (all times are Central unless noted):


May 4 Online Online 11AM – 3PM CT




MIAD admissions representatives participate in many college fairs and regional events throughout the year. We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event! Please check back soon for upcoming events.

Many events require registration. Please visit the event website for registration details.


*all times are local to the venue unless otherwise noted

A MIAD representative will be available to meet with you at all Wisconsin Education Fairs (WEFS) in spring and fall 2024.

View the WEF schedule here.

March 23 Art ConnectED Central Regional Exhibition Normal, Illinois 1 – 4 p.m.
April 21 Illinois High School Art Exhibition Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois TBD

*If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in MIAD Admissions events, please contact the Office of Admissions at 414-291-8070.

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Battle of the Bands: Product Design class showdown

French Renaissance alt rock met space cowboy country from the future in one Product Design class at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Students in Storytelling: Compelling Narrative of the Design Process were tasked with creating a band, complete with newly designed instruments, stage plots and lighting, costumes and even a feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary work: Growing Resistance

In the 50th anniversary year at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), the college presents “Growing Resistance: Untold Stories of Milwaukee’s Community Guardians,” an exhibition in the Brooks Stevens Gallery running January 8 – March 2, 2024. Related programs include zine making, a book club, student-guided tours and a story circle with community partners.

Metalwork and molds: MIAD alum on Kohler Residency

Eye-opening and awe-inspiring: this is how Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) describes learning to work with liquid metal. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alum recently completed the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency in Kohler, Wisconsin.

MIAD Values Recognition Award: Dale Shidler

Dale Shidler, Professor of Communication Design, received the January 2024 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Dale’s nominations highlighted his embodiment of MIAD’s Core Values, especially Integrity, Kindness and Community.

MIAD students, alumni, faculty create work for ThriveOn King

Four Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) community members will contribute to the first floor of the new ThriveOn King community hub on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They make up part of the 20 Milwaukee artists who will convey the history and heritage of Bronzeville in this collaborative space.


Accepting applications for Fall and Spring 2024
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December 31, 2023
FAFSA available for 2024-25 school year
Use MIAD's FAFSA code: 014203

February 15, 2024
Application & Merit Scholarship Priority Deadline
Apply now!

April 27, 2024
Admitted Students Day

June 1, 2024
Tuition Deposit Deadline
Pay your tuition deposit