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Tips for Success

Tips for Your Student’s Successful Transition to MIAD

  1. Encourage them to use campus resources. Your student has prepared to attend MIAD with the help of the Admissions staff. As students enter MIAD, it is important to direct them to the appropriate resources and staff and transition from the Office of Admissions as the primary source of information.
  2. Be prepared for your student’s – and your own – conflicting emotions during move-in, your departure and the first week of classes. Leaving home for school can be a stressful process.
  3. Discuss expectations about how you plan to communicate with each other. Will you email, text, call? How often? Keep in touch and send care packages.
  4. Encourage your student to be responsible for their learning. Encourage them to seek appropriate academic resources and set academic goals.
  5. Make a financial plan with your student. Openly discuss payment and spending expectations.
  6. Discuss personal choices your student will be making such as the use of alcohol. Encourage responsibility, but know you cannot control what happens.
  7. Encourage your student to get involved in a variety of student activities. College is a time for students to make connections with others and try new things.
  8. Inform your student before making major changes at home (e.g. moving, remodeling their room).
  9. Listen with an open mind and be supportive. If you have serious concerns about your student’s welfare, contact the Dean of Students’ Office.
  10. Be a coach rather than a problem-solver. Use the information in this guide to refer your student back to on-campus resources.


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.