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Introductory Writing Sample

Congratulations on your decision to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design! The transition to college is one of the most exciting experiences in a young person’s life. As a MIAD student, you will receive not only an outstanding studio education, but a first-rate college education in academic areas as well. The writing curriculum involves four semesters of required course work that will support and enhance your education as artists and designers. In order to provide us with an introduction to you as a writer and a learner, you will need to complete the Introductory Writing Sample online.

Your MIAD email account username (firstnamelastname) and email account password will also allow you to access the writing prompt. Once you have logged in, please read carefully through the introduction and instructions for the sample. You are required to watch the Writing Sample Demo Video in order to write your sample. Once you have watched the video, you may begin.

Keep in mind that once you begin, you will have 75 minutes to complete it. Once you start, you cannot log out or close your browser window.


Students with applicable Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or transfer credit for first-year writing are not required to write the sample and will be exempted. If you feel you have Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credit that has not yet been evaluated that will fulfill first-year writing, please contact Mark Fetherston via email at to discuss your options. If you are unsure if you have transfer credit for first-year writing, please contact your admissions counselor directly.

If you experience technical difficulties with the Writing Placement Essay, please contact Kim Tondryk, Technology Training Director, at

The Writing Samples will be read by writing faculty members from the Liberal Studies Division before your starting semester.