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Fall 2020 New Student Information

Welcome to MIAD!

On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, we look forward to welcoming you on-campus. This page is exclusively for new students who have decided to attend MIAD in the upcoming fall.

What Happens Next?

You have questions, we have answers. Download the What Happens Next? PDF for information about class registration, new student orientation, housing much more.

Tuition Deposit

To secure a space in our Fall 2020 Class, students are required to submit a Tuition Deposit. This payment informs MIAD that you intend to enroll for the upcoming semester.

To Submit a Tuition Deposit:


MIAD's Fall 2020 Covid Plan

As we move from the end of spring semester and look ahead to fall, it is clear that MIAD’s extraordinary educational experience will evolve and grow in response to the global pandemic. First and foremost, we intend to return to campus in the fall, to the greatest extent prudent and permissible. But we can’t pretend that 2020-21 will be a typical academic year.

None of us has a crystal ball; we do not know how much the virus will be mitigated by the start of classes, or what parameters health experts and government officials (including the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and the State of Wisconsin) will place upon colleges and universities. Given these complex circumstances, our goal is to enable you to approach your college career in a way that works best for you and that maximizes flexibility. For now, we want you to know that we are planning to respond to multiple scenarios so that we are prepared to provide you with an outstanding learning experience.

MIAD has made the following decisions for the Fall 2020 semester:


We will start the semester on August 31, and continue without a fall break until November 21 for Thanksgiving Break, from November 21 – 29.  After Thanksgiving Break, students will have the option to either return to campus or remain at home to complete the semester. MIAD’s facility will continue to be available to students, but projects in the final three weeks of the semester will be developed in a way to allow students to complete the semester without the need to access the facility. Classes will end on December 18, 2020.  Spring 2021 will begin on January 11, 2021.


A MIAD education comprises three core learning values: access to the facilities, access to the faculty and one another, and access to studio learning.  We will offer two course delivery options this Fall: 1) Face-to-face blended courses that include a variety of delivery strategies, and 2) Fully online. All learning will be delivered in a way that keeps students and faculty safe, provides essential access to MIAD’s facility, and maximizes student choice.


To address all possibilities of what may occur during the semester, course content will be delivered in a blended fashion, meaning a combination of robust face-to-face faculty interaction, access to the facility, and significant online learning. For example, we know that at some point during the semester for every class there may be students or faculty who need to self-quarantine; in a blended course, the student could continue to complete coursework safely online without penalty, and the faculty could continue to instruct from a distance as needed. In addition, this will allow for flexible scheduling, with students split into groups to access the facility and faculty at different times.


Every course offered in Fall 2020 will be offered in an optional online-only delivery. Students must declare their intent to take their courses fully online before the start of the semester (we are still developing this process, so please do not contact the registrar’s office at this time). Students who declare online courses will have access to the facility at their own discretion, but will not be required to complete coursework using it. Please note that the cost of tuition and fees will remain the same regardless of which delivery method students choose.


Students who have an individual studio space will have access to it during the semester. Specialized labs and equipment will remain available to students, but students may be required to sign-up for a specific date and time in advance for access. Please note that if we have another city, county or state mandated lockdown, such access may need to be restricted or rescinded.


To address safety concerns for student housing, MIAD and General Capital (the owners of 252 student apartments and coordinators of off-site housing) have agreed to eliminate triple rooms for 2020-21. All rooms will be double rooms or a limited number of medical singles.


The COVID-19 Task Force has created several working groups to address various aspects of our Fall 2020 solution. Focusing on community safety, these working groups will begin to explore in depth the questions posed by the task force, and come up with creative solutions.

  • Facilities Access and Safety Protocols
  • Curriculum
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Digital Equity
  • Blended Learning
  • Scheduling
  • Academic Policy Support

updated information will be made available on this page and

Email Accounts

Students start receiving their official MIAD email account starting May 12.  Activation instructions have been sent to students’ personal email address. If you are deposited and have not received your activation instructions, contact Megan Cunningham.

Important Dates

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Details to be determined

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Details to be determined

New Student Orientation
August 28, 2020
Please check your MIAD email account for details.

First Day of Fall Classes:
August 31, 2020

Thanksgiving Break:
November 20 – 29, 2020

Last Day of Fall Classes:
December 18, 2020


Laptop Purchase Guide

All MIAD students are required to bring a laptop to classes. Thinking about buying a new laptop? The Laptop Purchase Q&A PDF answers many questions to help you make the best decision, and gives recommendations based on your major and interests. 

Textbooks and Software

The required and recommended textbooks for fall are now available at

The list also includes software.  PLEASE NOTE: All full-time MIAD students receive Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) and Microsoft Office, paid through a MIAD student fee which cannot be refunded.  DO NOT PURCHASE / SUBSCRIBE TO ADOBE CC or MS OFFICE. You will receive an email in August with instructions on how to download Adobe CC and Microsoft Office


Download the FYE Supply Kit List here.

Two50Two: What to Bring

For residential students, you can find a list of what to bring to Two50Two here.

MIAD also recommends bringing the following:

  • A number of reusable, cloth masks
  • Personal supply of hand sanitizer, including travel size bottles for use while on campus
  • Personal thermometer
  • Additional cleaning supplies
  • Ziploc bags for storing clean masks
ID Cards

All MIAD students are required to carry a college photo ID. To facilitate the printing process of ID cards, you are required to upload your head shot at:

Due to the extraordinary nature of this semester and the additional safety measures we must all keep in mind, IDs will be sent as a PDF this Fall for your convenience. We recommend that you add your digital ID to your phone, tablet, or even laptop for use on campus. If you’d need a printed, traditional version of your card you may request it at:

MIAD Merch!

MIAD merchandise is available to purchase in our online shop: You can choose to have the items shipped to an address or to pick up your merchandise at MIAD. Pick up orders will be available the first two weeks of classes. We will email you when items are ready to be picked up. Visit the online store for our current inventory and new items!

AP (Advanced Placement) Scores

Students may request to have their AP (Advanced Placement) scores sent to MIAD at:
Use MIAD’s school code: 1506

MIAD Admissions Videos

Looking for a campus overview or updates on Fall 2020? Visit the MIAD Admissions Vimeo page here.

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