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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.



Battle of the Bands: Product Design class showdown

French Renaissance alt rock met space cowboy country from the future in one Product Design class at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Students in Storytelling: Compelling Narrative of the Design Process were tasked with creating a band, complete with newly designed instruments, stage plots and lighting, costumes and even a feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary work: Growing Resistance

In the 50th anniversary year at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), the college presents “Growing Resistance: Untold Stories of Milwaukee’s Community Guardians,” an exhibition in the Brooks Stevens Gallery running January 8 – March 2, 2024. Related programs include zine making, a book club, student-guided tours and a story circle with community partners.

Metalwork and molds: MIAD alum on Kohler Residency

Eye-opening and awe-inspiring: this is how Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) describes learning to work with liquid metal. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alum recently completed the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency in Kohler, Wisconsin.

MIAD Values Recognition Award: Dale Shidler

Dale Shidler, Professor of Communication Design, received the January 2024 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Dale’s nominations highlighted his embodiment of MIAD’s Core Values, especially Integrity, Kindness and Community.

MIAD students, alumni, faculty create work for ThriveOn King

Four Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) community members will contribute to the first floor of the new ThriveOn King community hub on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They make up part of the 20 Milwaukee artists who will convey the history and heritage of Bronzeville in this collaborative space.