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Learning Outcomes = Learning for the 21st Century

What can students expect to learn in their four years of a bachelor’s education at MIAD?

What will it take to be successful in the 21st Century?

As part of MIAD’s strategic planning, faculty focused on these questions through the College Curriculum Committee, a group of faculty leaders charged with looking at the curriculum of the entire college, rather than at specific majors. Building on research of best practices in learning and MIAD’s tradition of student-focused and active education, we confirmed our progression toward integrated learning and from being teaching-centered to learning-centered.

In embracing this shift, our exceptional educators asked deeper questions about learning and the connections between learning across the college, opening up exciting dialogues with our students.

From a wider definition of curriculum, we moved to college-wide outcomes, again conducting extensive research of other colleges and integrating that research with thought-provoking discussion among our dedicated faculty.

The resulting eight learning outcomes — both challenging and interdependent — are a roadmap for young artists and designers to be able to think, communicate, research, apply, create, solve and lead — and do all of these thoughtfully, effectively and meaningfully. Most of all, the outcomes will prepare students who are creative, dynamic and willing to learn to be successful in the 21st Century.

MIAD students will be able to:

  • Apply critical and analytical thinking.
  • Demonstrate mastery of techniques and skills within one’s chosen discipline(s).
  • Effectively communicate and express ideas visually, orally and in writing, using appropriate terminology.
  • Conduct independent inquiry and research through critical engagement through technology and information sources.
  • Apply creative thinking to problem solving: identify, define, intuit and resolve problems creatively.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional practices maintained in one’s field(s) of study.
  • Build an individually distinct body of work.
  • Create productive relationships in the community.



MIAD Gallery at The Ave celebrates opening

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) celebrates its first offsite gallery during its grand opening on April 6, 2023 from 6 – 8 p.m. MIAD invites the public to attend the event and to explore the new Gallery at The Ave, located at 301 W. Wisconsin Ave in The Avenue near the 3rd Street Market Hall.

First-Year Exhibition 2023 winners announced

Four winners and three honorable mentions were selected at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design’s (MIAD) First-Year Experience Student Exhibition opening reception on Friday, March 24, 2023. Renato Umali, Mariah Tate Klemens and Gabrielle Banzhaf, the three jurors, commended all the participating students for their strong work.

Communication Design senior lands Nike Internship

Catherine Currie ’23 (Communication Design), a senior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), was selected for the highly competitive graphic design internship at Nike. The internship will take place over 10 weeks this summer at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

MIAD Defines 2023: Day of play

For the 2023 iteration of MIAD Defines, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design dedicated Tuesday, March 21 to playing. With the aim to connect, converse and learn across majors, years and disciplines, this year’s MIAD Defines was a resounding success.

Peter Barrickman selected as NSP: Fine Arts full-time faculty

Following a national search, Peter Barrickman has been selected as the newest full-time faculty member in New Studio Practice (NSP): Fine Arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). An internationally recognized artist, Barrickman also co-founded Mazzzagine, a publication dedicated to supporting artists and fostering collaboration.