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MIAD announces fall 2020 academic plan

Jun 25, 2020

As the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) plans for fall and an increase in student enrollment, the college is making plans that are flexible to allow students and faculty to adapt quickly as information and situations change during the pandemic.

“In accordance with evolving health guidelines, we plan to hold instruction onsite in the fall. All learning will be delivered in a way that keeps students and faculty safe, provides essential access to MIAD’s facility, and maximizes student choice,” said MIAD President Jeff Morin.

To date, the college has made the following decisions for the Fall 2020 semester:

Fall 2020 academic calendar

The semester will start on August 31 and continue without a fall break until November 20 for Thanksgiving Break. After Thanksgiving Break, students will have the option to either return to campus or remain at home to complete the semester. MIAD’s facility will continue to be available to students, but projects in the final three weeks of the semester will allow students to complete the semester without the need to access the facility. Classes will end on December 18, 2020.

Fall 2020 courses

A MIAD education comprises three core learning values: access to the facilities, access to the faculty and one another, and access to studio learning. We will offer two course delivery options this fall:

  1. Face-to-face blended courses that combine robust face-to-face faculty interaction, access to the facility, and significant online learning. This blended approach allows for flexible scheduling and smaller student learning groups. It also allows students and faculty to complete coursework remotely, if needed.

  2. Fully online courses. Every course offered in Fall 2020 also will be offered in an optional online-only delivery. Students must declare their intent to take their courses fully online before the start of the semester. Students who declare online courses will have access to the facility at their own discretion but will not be required to complete coursework using it.

Studios and labs

Students who have an individual studio space will have access to it during the semester. Specialized labs and equipment will remain available to students, but students may be required to sign-up for a specific date and time in advance. If there is a city, county or state mandated lockdown, access may need to be restricted or rescinded.

Housing for fall 2020

Plans are also being made to ensure the safety of students in MIAD’s Two50Two student housing by MIAD and General Capital, the owners of Two50Two and coordinators of off-site housing. Triple rooms for 2020-21 will not be available. All rooms will be double rooms unless a disability-related housing accommodation is arranged. 

Ongoing planning

MIAD’s COVID-19 Task Force and working groups on curriculum, technology infrastructure, digital equity (such as access to hardware, internet connectivity and digital literacy), innovative course delivery for blended learning, scheduling and policy support are continuing to focus on community safety as they develop creative solutions and protocols for implementing the fall plan.

Updates are available at Please also check our Fall 2020 Academic Plan Q&A page for additional information.