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MIAD claims top animation program in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design has been named the 2023 #1 Animation School in Wisconsin by the Animation Career Review. The college was also honored to be named as one of the top 25 Animation Schools in the Midwest. MIAD’s Animation track, part of the Illustration major, is a new program that launched in fall 2021.

Animation Career Review uses a set of robust criteria to evaluate animation programs across the country, which include employment data, graduation and retention rate and value of the college. In its twelfth year of ratings, the publication surveyed nearly 200 colleges and universities nationwide to obtain data for 2023 selections.

“When we wrote the curriculum for the Animation Track, it was with the intention to create a program that met the needs of the design, marketing, and advertising markets beginning with Milwaukee, and extending outward,” says Steven Hansen, Vice President of Academic Affairs at MIAD. “The fact that our focus is not primarily on film sets us apart from many other programs. Animations are used in an array of media, social media, websites, and marketing applications, and we focused our program on those.”

Growing out of an established and highly-ranked Illustration program, students in the Animation track can expect a structured, hands-on experience with a variety of animation approaches, as well as the freedom to choose a speciality that deeply aligns with their personal passions. MIAD focuses on a student-centric experience where “each student is precious, class sizes are small, and faculty want students to succeed,” Hansen adds.

Read more about the Animation Career Review rankings and learn about MIAD’s Animation track!


IAD seniors tour construction site of The Couture

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.

Ornament Trail features MIAD alumni, faculty, students

For decades, Milwaukee has hosted an annual Holiday Lights Festival. To commemorate the festival’s 25th anniversary, Milwaukee Downtown will also host the new Ornament Trail this year. Five Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alumni and one instructor, who teamed up with both students and alumni, produced giant ornaments for the event.

MIAD Values Recognition Award: Sarah Eichhorn

Sarah Eichhorn, Visiting Instructor of Fashion and Apparel Design, received the October 2023 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Eichhorn’s nominations speak to her Kindness, Inclusiveness, Innovation and support of MIAD’s Community.

Collaborative community: Fine Art faculty live MIAD values

Building community and collaboration through art: this is how two faculty members at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) spent their summer. Kim Miller, Professor and Chair of Fine Arts + New Studio Practice, and Peter Barrickman, Associate Professor in Fine Arts, completed a residency in Concepción, Chile in July.


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