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Alumni Facilities Access Information

MIAD is proud to be one of the few art and design colleges that provide its alumni community continued access to its labs after graduation. MIAD welcomes its alumni to use its lab facilities in support of their continued creative and professional growth. Having alumni in our labs working along with our current students, helps MIAD cultivate and enrich a culture of diverse making base practices in our community.

Alumni who are beyond one year of graduation are asked to pay an annual $25 fee to receive an Alumni ID, required for access to the labs. This fee supports Alumni Senior Thesis Awards, awarded to seniors each year to assist in fabricating their Senior Exhibition projects. This fee is waived for MIAD alumni within one year of their graduation.

Additional fees for lab projects may apply for all alums and a request system has been created to support equitable student and alumni lab access.

See the Alumni Lab Usage Policy below to start your lab request. If you have any questions on alumni access to the labs, please contact



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