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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.



Check back in late Spring for upcoming MIAD Info Days!



Are you an admitted student attending MIAD in fall 2023? Please join us for Admitted Student Day on Saturday, April 22, 2023! 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!



Join MIAD and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design​ on Saturday, April 22 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center for our Denver area Visual Arts and Design College Fair and Portfolio Review! This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 

10 – 11:30 a.m. 
Visual Art and Design College Fair
Come meet with representatives from MIAD and other colleges of art and design from around the US and Canada. Learn about their different programs, campuses, student opportunities and admissions information.

12 – 12:45 p.m.
Panel Presentation “Portfolio Building and Prepping for a Portfolio Review”
College admissions counselors talk about their recommendations for building a portfolio for students interested in studying art and design, things to avoid in your portfolio, and what to expect during a portfolio review with a college. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.

1 – 3 p.m.
Visual Arts and Design Portfolio Review

Meet one-on-one with MIAD and other college admissions representatives to receive feedback on your portfolio before you apply to college. No admissions decisions or scholarships will be given at this event.



MIAD participates in many in-person and online National Portfolio Day events. The 2023-24 season is now underway. This year, a mixture of in-person and virtual events will be held. 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 6 Online VisitDays at 12-4PM EST




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

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 2023.
View the WEF schedule here.

March 23 Lane Tech College Prep College Fair NW Chicago, Illinois 6 – 7:30 p.m.
April 20 Johnsburg High School College Fair Johnsburg, Illinois 12 – 2 p.m.
April 23 Illinois High School Art Exhibition Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois TBD
April 23 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition Rhodes Tower, Columbus, Ohio  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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MIAD Gallery at The Ave celebrates opening

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) celebrates its first offsite gallery during its grand opening on April 6, 2023 from 6 – 8 p.m. MIAD invites the public to attend the event and to explore the new Gallery at The Ave, located at 301 W. Wisconsin Ave in The Avenue near the 3rd Street Market Hall.

First-Year Exhibition 2023 winners announced

Four winners and three honorable mentions were selected at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design’s (MIAD) First-Year Experience Student Exhibition opening reception on Friday, March 24, 2023. Renato Umali, Mariah Tate Klemens and Gabrielle Banzhaf, the three jurors, commended all the participating students for their strong work.

Communication Design senior lands Nike Internship

Catherine Currie ’23 (Communication Design), a senior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), was selected for the highly competitive graphic design internship at Nike. The internship will take place over 10 weeks this summer at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

MIAD Defines 2023: Day of play

For the 2023 iteration of MIAD Defines, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design dedicated Tuesday, March 21 to playing. With the aim to connect, converse and learn across majors, years and disciplines, this year’s MIAD Defines was a resounding success.

Peter Barrickman selected as NSP: Fine Arts full-time faculty

Following a national search, Peter Barrickman has been selected as the newest full-time faculty member in New Studio Practice (NSP): Fine Arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). An internationally recognized artist, Barrickman also co-founded Mazzzagine, a publication dedicated to supporting artists and fostering collaboration.


Now accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2024
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October 1
FAFSA opens for Fall 2023 applicants

April 21
High School Teacher and Counselor Night
Learn more!

April 22
Admitted Students Day

May 1
Tuition Deposit Deadline
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