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To make a payment, please go to the link: Summer 2018 Pre-College Payment

july 9 – july 20 Core Studio Concepts
july 9 – july 27 Advanced Studio Concepts

Improvement was immediate – the first day brought me to a whole new level – work was hard and there was a lot of it, but I feel like I got A LOT out of the program. My professor was definitely the best art instructor I have ever had.

Emma

MIAD’s Summer Pre-College is an intense, immersive, and exciting exploration of visual art and design for high school age students. Taught by MIAD faculty, this is an opportunity to create art all day, every day, and experience a college-level curriculum. It is also a chance to connect with other art students from across the country.

There are two programs: The two-week Core Studio Concepts is for beginning or intermediate students interested in exploring two areas of art study: The three-week Advanced Studio Concepts is for students ready for intensive college work in one area of art study; Advanced Studio students also receive 3 elective credits to MIAD.

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2018 Summer Program and Course Descriptions

Core Studio Concepts: Beginning to Intermediate Level Classes

Jul. 9 – Jul. 20
THE PROGRAM
Core Studio Concepts gives students a chance to take two classes. Carefully constructed courses address two- and three-dimensional issues of composition, form, design, mark-making and color.  These non-credit courses are for beginning to intermediate ability level. Classes are held Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

THE CLASSES
Basic Observational & Figure Drawing
Instructor: Kyle Jablonski
Fundamentals of drawing are introduced using still-life, self-portraits, clothed models and other subjects. Students learn to see and comprehend from visual experiences through experimentation with different drawing tools and techniques from historical practices, while learning how to translate three-dimensional objects to two-dimensional images on paper.

Painting – This class has filled.
Instructor: Robert Meincke
An introductory experience in painting begins with methods of underpainting and various approaches to paint handling. The work is from direct observation, but also encourages individual imagination and self-expression. Students are introduced to various wash techniques, painting surfaces and textural manipulations. Assignments seek to promote understanding of the use of color, the importance of composition and the means to represent volume. Working primarily with acrylic, projects focus is on indoor still-life displays and the external environment.

Interior Architecture and Design (This course can not be taken with Drawing Through Printmaking)
Instructor: Robert Lynch
In this class you are introduced to architecture and interior design – the products, objects, spaces and structures for which these disciplines are responsible, and the design processes and methods for conceiving of, and creating these designs.   Working with existing circumstances and environments, students are asked to propose and create new ones. Projects range from the design of an interior space to that of a small-scale architectural environment.

Photography – This class has filled.
Instructor: Jesse Chehak
This course covers basic principles of all forms of photography using digital technology. Projects encompass studio portraiture, city landscape and photojournalism of local events, while incorporating camera handling, digital manipulation and printing. Students engage in the practice of group critiques to gain insight, learn how to talk about their work and to propel their ideas.  The session ends in a gallery exhibition of work created during the class.  Students must bring their own digital camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed controls.

Graphic Design – This class has filled.
Instructor: Nicole Hauch
The computer is a tool of visual communication and a medium of artistic expression. Coursework allows the student to begin an exploration of various software and hardware used by designers and other artists. These objectives are achieved through a series of in-depth studio projects, short exercises, demonstrations, critiques and lectures. Studio projects and exercises include assignments in a variety of graphic software applications.

Drawing Through Printmaking (This class can not be taken with Interior Architecture and Design)
Instructor: Stacey Steinberg
Drawing Through Printmaking examines the concept of drawing and its applications to the process of printmaking. Students engage in basic observational drawing exercises and a variety of printmaking techniques. The course is structured to introduce the fundamentals of mark-making and composition, as well as print shop practices through selected processes that reinforce connections between the two disciplines.

Core Studio Concepts Costs

Core Studio Concepts
Tuition: $1,245
Supplies: $175
Room & Board (optional): $815
Commuters may purchase meals on a cash basis.
This is what your investment gets:

  • Portfolio-ready work in every studio class
  • Formal portfolio reviews from experienced reviewers
  • Strong foundational skills in beginning- to intermediate-level studio classes
  • Curatorial skills through a formal exhibition of your summer’s work.
  • Public recognition at a reception for the summer exhibitions.
Core Studio Concepts Application

We are excited that you are planning a summer that will challenge you creatively and connect you to so many rewarding opportunities. What better way to spend your summer vacation? To make sure you get the classes you want, we recommend that you complete a preliminary online registration and submit your $50 deposit (refundable by June 1).  Or, you may download the Registration Form and submit it to the Pre-College office via mail, email or fax (see below). Once we receive your Registration Form, you will receive a packet in the mail with information to complete your registration.  Call our office at 414‑847‑3330 or e-mail precollege@miad.edu if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Registration Form submittal options:

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Attn: Pre-College
273 E. Erie Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-6003

Email: precollege@miad.edu

Fax: 414‑291‑8077

Advanced Studio Concepts: Advanced Level Classes

Jul. 9 – Jul. 27
THE PROGRAM
Advanced Studio Concepts gives the serious high school junior, senior or graduate the opportunity for a focused studio experience that reflects the dynamic environment of MIAD’s First Year Experience. You are challenged to ask deep questions about the nature of contemporary art and design, media, materials, influences and process. We want you to craft answers that they feel are important to their visual identity, and focus on new ways of seeing, thinking, creating, and communicating. Inquiry and research-based modes of teaching help you connect and contextualize the work you create. An important goal for Advanced Studio Concepts is the development of a portfolio that illustrates the talent and skill essential for entrance to colleges of art and design. Students must submit 10 slides of original work to be considered for this program. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(3 MIAD college credits) Advanced ability level.

THE CLASSES
Advanced Photography: Methods of Exploration – This class has filled.
Instructor: Naomi Shersty

“I tend to think of the act of photographing, generally speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been”.  – Diane Arbus

Photography is inextricably linked to exploration. We attempt to learn about the world, and ourselves, by looking at photographs and documenting life through our cameras. In this class, students utilize the camera as an exploratory device. Project topics may include: representation, visual literacy, typologies, portraiture, documentary work and self-driven exploration. Technical approaches include digital capture, workflow, digital post-production and fine printing. Through the creation of both manipulated and non-manipulated imagery, students hone their skills and broaden their knowledge of exploration within the photographic arts. Students must bring their own digital camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed controls. 

The Figure in Color
Instructor: Rosalie Beck
This intensive course uses a wide range of approaches to drawing the human figure. Working from the nude model, students investigate gesture with an emphasis on conceptualizing the main skeletal and muscle structures of the body. Proportion and expressive use of exaggeration are discussed relative to gesture. As the students become more adept at capturing the main movements of a pose, their drawings are directed towards form building and composition involving the use of value, light and shadow. This is approached in a variety of media (charcoal, ink and conte). Color (dry pastel) is introduced in the last section of the course, with emphasis on understanding how colors interrelate and how color layering is used to create realistic skin tones and form.

Printmaking – This class has been closed.
Instructor: Matt Presutti
Throughout history, artists have utilized the printing press with various materials as a method for artistic expression. Whether stone, screen, woodblock or metal plate, these materials provide a unique surface for rendering images that extends beyond traditional drawing and painting, with the added ability to be hand-printed as multiples. This course surveys the fine art of printmaking through the lens of contemporary practices, and culminates in a final exhibition.  Students develop competency with the materials and tools associated with a variety of printmaking processes, while developing their own personal voice through critique and one-on-one discussion. This in-depth look into the practice of printing is structured to go beyond basic techniques in order to foster an environment for advanced study and personal growth.

Animation: Digital Media Production
Instructors: James Barany and Kyle James
This animated experience includes storyboarding, animatics, stop-motion animation, rotoscoping, video capture, kinetic typography, non-linear editing, compositing and media installations. Students will also delve into MIAD’s new Maker Space incorporating virtual reality aspects in tandem with 3D printing into their animations. Instruction begins with intensive ideation and screen-writing sessions that are designed to help define students’ focus. Participants apply these ideas as they explore MIAD’s animation and video facilities. Students working between the animation production studios, stop-motion capture labs, green screen studio, sound booth and editing suites to create original animated works that reinforce numerous portfolio requirements.

Graphic Design
Instructor: Adam Setala
Graphic designers work to create visual communication that motivates and inspires the viewer. Employed by a wide range of industries, they serve as a primary creative force to promote products, concepts and image. Class assignments explore the many hats worn by graphic designers today, and engage the students in real-life “concept to completion” product development through an identity and branding campaign. Instruction includes exploration of design principles that include hierarchy, compositional arrangement and typographic form and how they apply to the profession. Students complete assignments using traditional and digital applications. The digital applications allow students to explore page layout, illustration and image creation and manipulation. Software is used as a production tool only; course emphasis is placed on design process, concept and creativity.

The Urban Sketchbook
Instructor: Zoe Darling
The main objective of this course is to study the relationship between walking and making, and how navigating a city can affect how one thinks and therefore how one creates. Through readings, walking tours, and urban games students reimagine their relationship to urban spaces and form a more personal connection to their work. Field trips will take the class to local architecture, neighborhoods, gardens, the abandoned and ‘forgotten’ places of the city, and shopping districts. The students use their sketchbook as a way to capture observations, illustrate personal narratives, and explore graphic journalism.  Along with the sketchbook, students explore basic bookmaking, collage, drawing, and mixed-media processes.

Illustration
Instructor: John Matson
Illustrators are visual problem solvers and communicators. The work of illustrators is found in many different formats, from picture books and magazine covers to skateboard graphics and concept art for video games. Illustrators work with paint, collage, charcoal, ink, watercolor, sculpture and digital media. What unifies all illustrators, regardless of style, media or final application of their art, is the ability to visually communicate an idea with imagery. Students enrolled in MIAD’s Illustration Pre-College program learn how a professional illustrator works with clients, how to think through assigned projects, develop effective concepts and translate their ideas into compelling visual solutions. Students in MIAD’s Pre-College program are challenged conceptually, explore traditional and digital media techniques, and understand, through firsthand experience, the relationship between illustration and communication design.

Advanced Studio Concepts Costs

Advanced Studio Concepts 
Tuition: $1540
Supplies: $175
Room & Board (optional): $1305
Commuters may purchase meals on a cash basis.
This is what your investment gets: 

  • Portfolio-ready work in every studio class
  • Formal portfolio reviews from experienced reviewers
  • Development of conceptual skills in advanced-level studio classes
  • 3 MIAD studio elective college credits
  • Work with premier MIAD faculty in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Curatorial skills through a formal exhibition of your summer’s work.
  • Public recognition at a reception and final awards ceremony.
Advanced Studio Concepts Application

THE APPLICATION PROCESS
We are excited that you are planning a summer that will challenge you creatively and connect you to so many rewarding opportunities. What better way to spend your summer vacation? To make sure you get the classes you want, we recommend that you complete a preliminary online registration, submit your $50 deposit (refundable by June 1) and 10 portfolio images (see below for details on submitting your images).  Or, you may download the Registration Form and submit it to the Pre-College office via mail, email or fax (see below). Once we receive your Registration Form, you will receive a packet in the mail with information to complete your registration.  Call our office at 414‑847‑3330 or e-mail precollege@miad.edu if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Digital Portfolio with 10 images of recent work must be saved in JPEG format with each image kept under one megabyte. Include a list of images stating the title, medium and year created. These images may be submitted via online dropbox: https://miad.edu/precollegedropbox, email to precollege@miad.edu or clearly print your name on a CD and submit it through the mail.

Registration Form submittal options:

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Attn: Pre-College
273 E. Erie Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-6003

Email: precollege@miad.edu

Fax: 414‑291‑8077

Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to the generous support from our funders, MIAD is pleased to present the following scholarship opportunities.
Note: when applying for scholarship, you must first be registered for class. You may apply for only ONE scholarship.

MIAD’s Merit/Need-Based Scholarship Competition
DEADLINE APRIL 2
Partial tuition scholarships are awarded to local and out-of-state students based on merit and financial need.  This scholarship is for students that are for out-of-state applicants and Wisconsin residents NOT eligible for Wisconsin’s free- or reduced-lunch. Be sure to include:

• MIAD’s Merit/Need-Based Scholarship Competition Form
• Digital Portfolio with 10 images of recent work. Images must be saved in JPEG format with each image kept under one megabyte. Include a list of images stating the title, medium and year created. These images may be submitted via online dropbox: https://miad.edu/precollegedropbox/, email to precollege@miad.edu or clearly print your name on a CD and submit it through the mail.
• Current high school transcript
• Family Income Statement
• $50 Tuition Deposit (refundable by June 1)

DPI Scholarships
DEADLINE APRIL 2
There is a limited amount of grant money supporting the DPI scholarships, and it is on a first-come-first-serve basis. DPI Scholarship Application Form – MUST BE SIGNED BY YOUR PRINCIPAL! Students must reside in Wisconsin and be free- or reduced-lunch eligible in school. Complete the DPI downloadable form and return to MIAD’s Pre-College office.

(Students should not submit $50 deposit)

Partnership for the Arts and Humanities Scholarships
DEADLINE APRIL 2
Students must reside in the City of Milwaukee and be free- or reduced-lunch eligible. This scholarship qualifies applicants for partial-to-full tuition-based scholarships. Please complete DPI Scholarship Application Form to confirm address eligibility and return to the MIAD Pre-College office with class registration – the form MUST BE SIGNED BY YOUR PRINCIPAL! Once the funding has been fully allocated, Partnership for the Arts and Humanities Scholarship applicants will automatically be considered for DPI Scholarships.

(Students should not submit $50 deposit)

Those students applying after the grant money has been allocated will be notified and placed on a waiting list. Students on the waiting list will be notified if an opening in the program occurs.

Handbook and Policy Statements
Mark Your Calendar
  • Apr. 2, MIAD Scholarship Deadline
  • Apr. 2, DPI Scholarship Deadline
  • Apr. 2, Partnership for the Arts and Humanities Scholarship Deadline 
  • June 1, Registration/Final Payment Deadline (no refunds after June 1)
    Registration remains open for any class that has not filled.
  • July 8, Orientation Sunday
  • July 9-20, Core Studio Concepts
  • July 21, Core Studio Concepts Exhibition and Reception
  • July 9-27, Advanced Studio Concepts Program
  • July 28, Advanced Studio Concepts Exhibition and Awards Ceremony
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