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Pre-College Summer Programs

2020 SUMMER PRE-COLLEGE DATES

July 13 – July 24 Core Studio Concepts
July 13 – July 31 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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2020 Summer Program and Course Descriptions

Core Studio Concepts: Beginning to Intermediate Level Classes

Jul. 13 – Jul. 24

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

Architecture + Interior Design
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.

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.

Core Studio Concepts Costs

Core Studio Concepts
Tuition (supplies included): $1,500
Room & Board (optional): $865 (double room) or $725 (triple room)
*Depending on interest, MIAD reserves the right to allocate triple rooms as needed.
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 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 June 1).

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. 13 – Jul. 31

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.
Advanced ability level. (3 MIAD college credits)
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

THE CLASSES

Animation – This class has filled. Please call our office at (414) 847.3330 to be added to the waitlist.
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.

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.

Advanced Studio Concepts Costs

Advanced Studio Concepts 
Tuition (supplies included): $1800
Room & Board (optional): $1385 (double room)
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 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 June 1)

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 19
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.
• Current high school transcript
• Family Income Statement (see scholarship application form)
• $50 Tuition Deposit (refundable by June 15)

DPI Scholarships
DEADLINE APRIL 19
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 - 2020 Dates
  • Late November: Online registration opens for 2020 Summer Pre-College
  • Apr. 19: MIAD Merit and DPI Scholarship Deadline
  • June 15: Registration, Portfolio, and Final Payment Deadline (no refunds after June 15)
  • July 13 – 24: Core Studio Concepts
  • July 25: Core Studio Concepts Exhibition and Reception (9:30 – 11:00am)
  • July 13 – 31: Advanced Studio Concepts Program
  • Aug. 1: Advanced Studio Concepts Exhibition and Awards Ceremony (9:30 – 11:00am)
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