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Pre-College Summer Programs

The majority of Pre-College courses are offered as in-person courses at MIAD. It is our goal to retain the opportunity for in-person programming for Summer 2021 in a thoughtful, responsible manner. Online options are offered for those that prefer remote learning. Students are not allowed to take a combination of both in-person and online courses.

For in-person courses, we anticipate mask requirements, elevated cleaning measures and limiting class sizes to maintain proper social distancing protocols. Therefore, with limited availability for in-person classes, we encourage participants to register early.

 

2021 SUMMER PRE-COLLEGE DATES

July 12 – July 23 Core Studio Concepts
July 12 – July 30 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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2021 Summer Program and Course Descriptions

Core Studio Concepts: Beginning to Intermediate Level Classes

Jul. 12 – Jul. 23

THE PROGRAM – Registration is now closed for 2021 Summer Pre-College.
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.

IN-PERSON CLASSES 
* Students preferring in-person classes must select two courses.

Fiber Arts
This course explores the materials and techniques needed to create two-dimensional compositions with textiles. Students can expect to dye fabric, learn how to stitch on a sewing machine and use embroidery to embellish surfaces. Projects seek to promote an understanding of the historical and contemporary precedents of the art form, and provide an opportunity for self-expression.

Graphic Design
The computer is a tool of visual communication and a medium of artistic expression. Coursework allows students 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 exercise include assignments in a variety of graphic software applications.

Illustration
Illustration is often thought of as telling a story with imagery. An opportunity to explore and develop your personal voice, Core Illustration delves into the world of problem-solving from a visual communication point-of-view.  Engaging with the fundamental elements of design to present a narrative that leaves an impact on the viewer, students learn the ideation and concept development process that is unique to illustration and relevant to today’s professional illustrator.

Painting
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. Projects seek to promote understanding of the use of color, the importance of composition and the means to represent volume. Working primarily with acrylic, the focus is on indoor still-life displays and the external environment.

Photography
This course covers basic principles of various 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. Students must bring their own digital camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed controls.

Screen Printing
This course examines the craft of screen printing as a means to artistic creation and design. Students experience basic image generation through the use of direct hand-drawn & indirect photographic stencils and are introduced to the fundamentals of contemporary print practice through the use of collage, design and the printing of multiples on paper and fabric.

Architecture + Interior Design – This class is closed for registration.
This course is an introduction to architectural and interior design fundamentals. Through 2D and 3D making, students explore design thinking where ideas for spatial composition are discovered, developed, and communicated. Integrating expressive structures, materials, and material assemblies at a spectrum of scales, spatial design is approached in a way that embraces risk-taking and innovation for the design of our built environment.

Basic Observational & Figure Drawing 
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 and contemporary practices, while learning how to translate three-dimensional objects to two-dimensional images on paper.

ONLINE CLASSES
* Students preferring the online format may only select one online Core Studio course.

Online Core 2D Design Studio
This two-week intensive online course allows students to explore the interconnected disciplines of two-dimensional design. Emphasis is placed on understanding fundamental components and effective visual communication through illustration, typography, sequential imagery, graphic design and advertising. Final projects vary based on individual interests, research and investigations within the course content.

Online Core Fine Art Studio
This two-week intensive online course creates the foundation for exploring vast approaches within fine art studio practices. Encouraging the investigation of media use and materiality, students discover relationships between two-dimensional and three-dimensional work through drawing, painting, collage, lens-based projects and sculpture. Final projects vary based on individual interests, research and investigations within the course content.

Core Studio Concepts Costs

Core Studio Concepts
In-Person Tuition (supplies included): $1,500
Online Tuition (supplies included): $1,275

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
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 an online registration 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.
  • Submit your $50 deposit (refundable by May 15).

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. 12 – Jul. 30

THE PROGRAM – Registration is now closed for 2021 Summer Pre-College.
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.
Advanced ability level. (3 MIAD college credits)
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

IN-PERSON CLASSES

Animation 
This experience explores a full range of animation components, from storyboarding and roto-scoping to kinetic typography and editing. Instruction begins with intensive ideation and screen-writing sessions that are designed to help define students’ focus. Participants apply these ideas as they explore outstanding animation and video facilities along with MIAD’s new Maker Space, to incorporate virtual reality aspects in tandem with 3D printing to create original animated works that reinforce numerous portfolio requirements.

Communication Design: Fashion Branding
We are all consumers of brands, including the ones we wear. Some brands have cultivated their identities to a point where the brand is arguably even more important than the clothing. In this class, students dream up a new apparel brand and develop the brand identity around it. Projects include logo design, product packaging and advertising. Together, these elements contribute to how the overall brand is conveyed and students learn how to compile them into a final presentation deck for their portfolio.

Figure in Color 
This intensive course uses a wide range of approaches to drawing the human figure. Working from the nude model, students investigate proportional and expressive gesture with an emphasis on the main skeletal and muscular structures of the body. From these exercises, drawings are directed towards form-building and composition through value, light and shadow using a variety of media. Color builds upon previous lessons with emphasis on the interrelationship and layering of colors to create realistic skin tones and form.

Fine Arts Studio 
Soundly rooted in Fine Art methodologies, the course balances the development of fundamental skills and the nurturing of ideation and visualization concepts desired at the collegiate level. By assessing your creative interests and current work, Fine Arts Studio encourages experimentation with different media and materials to further artistic development on an individual basis. Research is established that draws from contemporary awareness, personal influences, individual knowledge, and students are challenged to create themes, develop content, and establish personal muses.

Illustration
Illustration is a vast component of visual culture and is found in many different formats and in a wide range of 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 this course learn professional practices, and how to think through assigned projects, develop effective concepts and translate their ideas into compelling visual solutions.

Photo & Film
Photographic imagery and videos surround us, every day. They are embedded in culture and greatly contribute to frame our understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us. As such, lens-based artists have the ability to reproduce the world in impactful and genuine ways. In this class, students learn the impact of these mediums and use their cameras to document, challenge and explore the relationship between photography and video-based practices with intent to share, inform and influence the viewer in various ways. Through looking at the work of contemporary artists, local field trips, purposeful image selection and editing techniques, emphasis is placed on developing strategies that allow the student photographer to become visible in their own work.

Product Design
Have you ever wanted to invent an idea or change an object you use every day? In this class, you are introduced to the world of Industrial Design, where we use expansive thinking and 3D skills to create experiences for others through compelling product design. An opportunity to explore and develop your own unique design aesthetic and interests in the objects that surround us, projects explore the fundamentals of materiality, form and function — from ideation to final concept. Students learn the basics of sketching, the importance of tinkering to innovate real-life solutions, and develop projects that demonstrate problem-solving skills through design processes.

ONLINE CLASS

Advanced Online Illustration
Illustration is a vast component of visual culture and is found in many different formats and in a wide range of 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 this course learn professional practices, and how to think through assigned projects, develop effective concepts and translate their ideas into compelling visual solutions.

Advanced Studio Concepts Costs

Advanced Studio Concepts 
In-Person Tuition (supplies included): $1,800
Online Tuition (supplies included): $1,400

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
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 an online registration 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. 
  • Submit your $50 deposit (refundable by May 15)

Submit 10 portfolio images. 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://www.miad.edu/precollegedropbox or clearly print your name on a CD and submit it through the mail.

 

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

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 1
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://www.miad.edu/precollegedropbox/ or clearly print your name on a CD and submit it through the mail.
    • Family Income Statement (see scholarship application form)
    • High School Transcript that lists cumulative GPA (unofficial and/or digital versions are acceptable)
    • $50 Tuition Deposit (refundable by May 15)

DPI Scholarships
DEADLINE APRIL 1
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)

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.

Mark Your Calendar - 2021 Dates

 

  • Apr. 1: MIAD Merit and DPI Scholarship Deadline
  • Mid-April: Scholarship notification (this includes wait-listed students)
  • May 1: Final programmatic decision (in-person vs. online)
  • May 1: Registration deadline
  • May 8: Scholarship acceptance due
  • May 10: Wait-listed applicant notification
  • May 15: Final Payment Deadline (no refunds after May 15)
  • July 12 – 23: Core Studio Concepts
  • July 12 – 30: Advanced Studio Concepts Program
COVID-19 Information

The majority of Pre-College courses are offered as in-person courses at MIAD. It is our goal to retain the opportunity for in-person programming for Summer 2021 in a thoughtful, responsible manner. Online options are offered for those that prefer remote learning. Supplies will be mailed to remote learners prior to the start of the program. Students are not allowed to take a combination of both in-person and online courses.

Students must register online at miad.edu/precollege/summer-programs or contact the Pre-College office to apply via phone (414) 847-3330.

For in-person courses, we anticipate mask requirements, elevated cleaning measures and limiting class sizes to maintain proper physical distancing protocols. Therefore, with limited availability for in-person classes, we encourage participants to register early. Smaller classes fill quickly

Since monitoring the status of the pandemic is ongoing, we will continue to accept registrations for in-person courses once the class has filled in the event that we can accept more students than anticipated during the registration period. Once an in-person class has filled to capacity, the online registration webpage will update and allow the applicant to be placed on a waitlist for the class, or you may decide to select an in-person or online course that is not full.

Note: while we will do our best to admit all waitlisted applicants, there is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be admitted into the program on May 10. Please consider other courses of interest during registration if your preferred course has filled to capacity. You may contact our office to learn your placement on the waitlist prior to completing your registration.

Waitlisted students will be informed of their status (admitted or no space available) on May 10 and at that time will have the option to switch to an in-person course that hasn’t filled, an online course, or receive a full refund. All scholarship offers will remain valid whether the student is enrolled for in-person or online courses.

All applicants, including waitlisted applicants, need to complete the registration process (including those applying for scholarship opportunity, due April 1). Even if waitlisted, knowing your scholarship offer will be an important factor if you are admitted into the program on May 10.

As we monitor the pandemic
In the event that we are not allowed to host in-person programming due to COVID-19 and all possible courses are converted to an online format, students will have the opportunity to receive a full refund if they do not want to participate in an online format. Final decisions that courses need to be converted to an online format will be communicated as early as possible, but no later than May 1. New invoices will be issued following the need to convert to an online format. Final payments are due May 15.

If we are able to retain in-person programming
If a student or faculty in an in-person class test positive during the program, the class will be cancelled.
With close contact two-week quarantining, Res Hall and commuter logistics and technical complexities
that arise, it is not feasible to convert an accelerated Pre-College course to an online format mid-
program. All Department of Health guidelines will be followed for Res Hall students. Reimbursements
will be issued in consideration of scholarship funding, courses remaining and actual tuition paid.

 

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