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Career Resources

Career Services offers a variety of services and information for MIAD students/graduates.

Career Services Contact Information

CanvassCareers on Handshake
This is Career Services’ job search web system. Full-time and part-time job announcements, freelance and commission projects, internships, and exhibit opportunities are posted through the CanvassCareers on Handshake. Student/graduate profiles that can be viewed by employers can also be set-up on this system. Please visit CanvassCareers on Handshake to register.Please note: The CanvassCareers web site is only for currently enrolled MIAD students and MIAD graduates.

For assistance with and questions about the CanvassCareers on Handshake web site, please contact us at or 414‑847‑3276.

On-Campus Jobs
Click “On-Campus Jobs” on the right.

Web Sites for Job Search and Professional Research
Various career and job search resources are located in the Career Services section (course) on MIAD’s Canvas Course Management Site. You will find information about assessing your interests and skills, art/design career options, the professions/careers of MIAD alumni, types of businesses where creative professionals work, resume and cover letter information, interviewing and portfolio review advice, job search resources, self-employment information, and graduate school resources. Visit MIAD’s Canvas Site, click “Courses by Category”, then locate “Career Services”. Please note: MIAD Canvas site is only for currently enrolled MIAD students.

One such web site resource is Glassdoor. This site is known as the world’s most transparent jobs and career community with a mission to help people find jobs in companies they love by offering an inside look into what it’s really like to work at these companies.

Career Library
The MIAD Library (west end of River Level) has career resources maintained by Career Services. There are over 350 books, magazines, and newsletters specifically about art/design professions, the job search process, and directories of business names.

The Career Services Staff are available to discuss and provide information about your career and job questions. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments assure availability.

Questions and discussion topics have included:

  • Career/job options
  • Contracts
  • Cover letters
  • Exhibiting
  • Freelancing
  • Graduate school
  • Grants and funding
  • International information
  • Interviewing
  • Marketing and self-promotion
  • Portfolios
  • Relocation
  • Researching businesses
  • Resumes
  • Salaries and wages
  • Telephone skills


MIAD student work highlights Unfinished Legacy

Unfinished Legacy, a brand started by Milwaukee artist Brema Brema, enjoyed a promotional video created by current Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design senior Hannah Davis for her Digital Media: Video Production elective course in fall 2022. The semester-long project culminated in a three-minute video and three shorter clips advertising the brand.

Two MIAD alumni featured in Museum of Wisconsin Art

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), located in West Bend, has announced its “Ten at Ten” exhibition celebrating the work of ten emerging artists for the tenth anniversary in its new Mothership building. Two MIAD alumni, Lindsey Yeager ’21 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts & Illustration) and Eduardo Zavala ’22 (NSP: Fine Arts), were selected to show work at the exhibition.

“Girl Hero” creator, MIAD alum, on art and subversion

During her final year at MIAD, Zachary Ochoa’s senior thesis was majorly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ochoa ’20 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) bounced back by creating a fantastical universe of paintings featuring Girl Hero, a trans Mickey Mouse-esque warrior.

Milwaukee sculpture business tapped for NBA trophy

Milwaukee is fast becoming a national hotspot for basketball. Not only is the city home to NBA champions the Milwaukee Bucks, it recently played a pivotal role in creating the newly designed Michael Jordan Trophy, awarded to the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player of the year. Milwaukee’s Vanguard Sculpture Services, the “best fine art foundry on planet Earth,” according to their website, poured and cast the final trophy.

Design Internship approved for NEA grant

Milwaukee high schoolers are getting a head start on their creative careers through the Design Internship at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. The free, year-long program was recently approved for a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to expand the program for 2023-2024.