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Admitted Student Day

Meet MIAD: Early College Planning

MIAD invites you and your family to Admitted Student Day on Saturday, April 23 from 10am-2pm, an open house event offering a walk through of MIAD’s facilities, demonstrations, workshops and presentations, information tables, and one-on-one guidance for students admitted for fall. You’ll have the opportunity to explore our campus including Two50Two: MIAD’s Student Apartments, view our Senior Exhibition, speak with faculty and staff, and connect with your future MIAD classmates! Student and faculty volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions and welcome you throughout the day.

Scheduled events include:

Make a Book! 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Books are a great way to display your art and design, and give you an opportunity to explore narrative, time and motion in your work. In this demo, you’ll get to try your hand at least 2 simple folds which could open up many creative possibilities.

Exquisite Corpse Zines – 10:45 a.m.
In this workshop, we will explore how to cut, fold and bind a zine (or booklet) and fill its pages through a collaborative collage activity. What makes zines so accessible and limitless? What can we make when we share our stories and creativity? Join us!

Ceramics Demo on Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Visit our Sculpture Lab to view wheel throwing and hand building with ceramics, blacksmithing on sculptural hardware, and process-based examples of sand molds for metal casting and plaster molds for slip casting.

Presentation: Creative Careers & Alumni Success – 11:30 a.m.
MIAD graduates are employed in a variety of art, design, and leadership roles at companies and cultural centers such as Harley Davidson, Netflix, GE Healthcare, Pokemon Company International, Kohl’s Corporation, the Milwaukee Art Museum and more. Learn how the MIAD student experience prepares students to become successful 21st century innovators, and hear about MIAD alumni who are impacting our creative marketplace.

Sculptural Six-Foot Spoon Carving – 11:30 a.m.

Blacksmithing Demo on Sculptural Hardware – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Wood Lathe Turning Demo – 12:30 p.m.

All day events include:

Faculty Meet & Greets in all academic areas

Concept Drawing and Perspective
Concept Drawing and Perspective are essential tools designers and creatives use to visualize what the 3-D Future can be for an audience. These ideas are drawn by hand and can use many kinds of media, both analog and digital. The manual aspect of this kind of image-making offers an organic interpretation more personal than computer-generated visuals. Please stop by to see how the process can help express an idea.

CNC Machining
View a pre-programmed cut set to run for the duration of the event.

Process-Based Examples of Sand Molds for Metal Casting and Plaster Molds for Slip
View examples of sand molds for metal casting and plaster molds for slip casting.

Mini Loom Weaving Demo
Textiles lab students will demonstrate weaving on mini looms. Come join us and tour everything our Textiles Lab has to offer.

Photobooth Experience
MIAD alumnae Becca Kames and Katie Grinell will run a photobooth in our lighting studio. Join the fun and learn about our Photography Lab. You will also receive a print from the photobooth.

Vandercook Letterpress Printing with Moveable Type & 3D Printed Matrices
View our Printmaking Lab and experience our Vandercook letterpress using interchangeable 3D printed elements. You will walk away with a print at the end of your visit and receive a basic understanding of how the print lab works and the potential for process collaborations between lab spaces.

Stop-Motion Animation Demo
James will demonstrate a dragon frame stop motion using our D4D digital software. Stop by to have some fun!

Wacom Tablet Demo
Visit the MIAD Innovation Center for a story-telling, dungeon-building card game designed by MIAD student Cameron Maas who will be drawing on a Wacom tablet. Ask questions and learn some cool digital drawing tips.

Illustrated Music Video Showcase
See the in-progress work from the 2022 elective course, “Illustrated Music Video,” where students learn how to develop a visual narrative inspired by an audio track. The outcomes feature a variety of different animation methods including frame- by-frame animation, digital puppets and kinetic illustrations. Adam will be available to talk about how illustrators use animation toolsets and answer questions about our new Animation Track.

Explore MIAD’s Emerging Technology Center (ETC)
See students working on the laser cutter and using VR sculpting technology. See 3D printing up close!


We encourage you to bring your tuition deposit and applicable paperwork to this event to secure your place in our fall class.

*Pre-registration is required.