Life Beyond the Studio
Studies show that students who are involved beyond the classroom/studio experience greater academic and personal success while developing valued friendships and leadership skills that remain with them long after graduation.
MIAD offers students myriad opportunities to enrich their college experience through engagement both on campus and off, including student government, student organizations, student activities and MIAD traditions, leadership training, free memberships for the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World Museum, and major-specific professional organizations.
Exceptional student housing is available at TWO50TWO, MIAD’s residence hall completed in 2014. Located directly across the street from MIAD’s main academic building, TWO50TWO is a six-story, progressive-style building, which includes sustainable details and systems, and offers apartment-style suites designed and built exclusively for MIAD students. TWO50TWO is conveniently located in the heart of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward offering students direct access to the college, cultural venues, and visual art and design communities. See Cost of Attendance for housing fees.
The MIAD Café is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch, and into the evening for snacks. Students can choose from sandwiches, salads and a daily hot meal special. Learn more about the MIAD Café.
Students living in TWO50TWO residence hall are automatically enrolled in a meal plan. Students may add funds to their student account for meals. This eliminates the need to worry about brining a lunch or carrying cash every day. A student’s ID will be loaded with meal plan funds, and can be used for purchases in the cafe only. A continuing balance is maintained in the food service database. Students can ask cashiers at any time for their remaining card balance.
Note: Funds remaining on the meal card at the end of the Fall Semester can be carried over to the Spring Semester. However, funds remaining at the end of the Spring Semester are forfeited. Meal plans are not available during the summer.
Milwaukee Art Museum
All full-time MIAD students are members of the Milwaukee Art Museum and can visit the museum for free. Students simply show their student ID at the entrance.
MIAD students can use Marquette University’s Recreation Center for a modest fee. The recreation centers offer a wide variety of athletic and recreation services including aerobics and fitness classes and rooms, NCAA-size swimming pool, jogging track, and tennis, squash, racquetball, badminton and basketball courts. Students pay a very low rate each semester for use of the nearby facilities.
Current and former First-Year Experience (FYE) students celebrated their video, animation and sound design works at the FYE Media Arts Festival 23 – an in-house film and media screening in MIAD’s Community Hub on November 16.
MIAD alum Brandon Minga ‘04 (llustration), principal artist and founder of the House of Rad (hrad), was excited to host the 20th anniversary of the Feed Your Soul benefit for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin on November 3, 2023. This was the second consecutive time hrad has hosted the event.
Three MIAD Communication Design students received 60th anniversary American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine. The students were selected from over 8,000 entries, and judged alongside professional design work. Fewer than 10% of entrants received an award.
Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) seniors from MIAD were taken to new heights on November 13 when they toured the construction site of The Couture, a 44-story skyscraper under construction that will be Milwaukee’s tallest residential and mixed-use building. The tour was part of a series of tours their senior thesis “Building Systems” class is taking with instructor Dan Kalkman, AIA.
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) selected the design of MIAD alum Debbie Sajnani ’16 (Communication Design) for its 2023 annual ornament. The ornaments are recreated each year by artisans using a reserve painting technique, according to MAM.