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MIAD offers Adult/Teen courses during the Fall and Spring semesters. Classes are offered on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Dates and Registration

Spring 2021 Pre-College Semester: February 20 – March 27
Spring 2021 Online Scholarship Portfolio: January 30 – April 10

Please visit the Spring Classes tab to see a list of classes and their specific dates/times.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS ONE WEEK BEFORE START OF CLASS

Any class cancelled due to weather, instructor illness or other circumstance will be rescheduled one to two weeks after the conclusion of the class. There is no prorating of tuition if the student cannot attend the make up session.

How Do I Choose the Right Class?

“I want to go to art college, but will I be ready?” A common question, and an increasing concern when students have fewer options at their school to develop the necessary skill sets.
MIAD’s Pre-College classes offer a clear path to get prepared for college. We recommend the following incremental approach to develop the skills and confidence you will need:

• Drawing for the Portfolio: Grades 9 – 12
• Figure Drawing: Grades 9 – 12
• Scholarship Portfolio: Grade 12 (Fall Semester)

It is extremely important, no matter what discipline you are interested in, to have strong observational and figure drawing in your portfolio when you apply for college. Consider the three classes above as your “foundation” classes.

If you have time to explore beyond these, we encourage you to elect a class from the Adult/Teen section, where you can find painting, photography, illustration, graphic design classes and more. These classes are for ages 16 and up.

Spring Classes

PC100: Online Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12)
Online Scholarship Portfolio is an opportunity for high school seniors to strengthen their portfolios for submission to college. Various project prompts are strategically developed to provide the keys to a successful portfolio through ample opportunity for experimentation, discovery and diversifying and adding to existing skills through individual interests. Discussions, presentations and individual feedback augment student growth. Students who successfully complete the course receive a $2,500 scholarship, renewable up to four years (totaling $10,000), to attend MIAD in Fall 2021.* This is in addition to any other merit or need-based monies awarded. Attendance is required each week, along with project completion, in order to receive the scholarship offer. While there is no minimum GPA required to participate, students are asked to submit a high school transcript to the Pre-College department with their registration. Transcripts can be emailed to precollege@miad.edu. Students who received the scholarship for the Fall Online Scholarship Portfolio course may repeat the course but are ineligible for any additional scholarships through this program.

Note: while some supplies may be recommended, students are responsible for providing their own materials based on their specific goals and interests.

Online: January 30 – April 10, 11 sessions
Saturdays, Noon – 4:00 p.m. (CST)
Tuition: $415 ($200 deposit non-refundable after January 4)
Instructors: Brittany Krohmer & Mariah Tate Klemens

* Successful completion of the MIAD Admissions process and a tuition deposit of $150 is required to reserve the student’s space in class and the scholarship. To receive a scholarship the student must be enrolled as a continuous full-time student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and remain in good academic standing. A student who does not achieve a 2.0 CGPA will be given one semester of scholarship probation in which to raise his or her CGPA to the required level. Failure to achieve a 2.0 CGPA in the probationary semester will result in the loss of the scholarship. This scholarship is renewable for a maximum of four years.

The health and safety of the MIAD community, including all guests on campus, will continue to drive our decisions as we navigate and remain flexible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we have converted all possible courses to an online format for the Spring Pre-College and Continuing Education programs.

Policies for Online Courses:

  • Minimum technical requirements to ensure a successful experience will be posted on the supply lists.
  • Courses will be taught synchronously. Therefore, students will need to attend during the scheduled time as if the course were at MIAD.
  • Online courses will continue even if in-person courses are cancelled, unless an instructor tests positive for the virus. Online courses will be cancelled only if an instructor becomes ill, and reimbursements will be issued for the remaining classes.

Online Saturday Morning Classes 9am–Noon

PC1094A: Intro to Writing & Creating a Children’s Book (NEW)
Are you a kid at heart with a knack for writing simple stories? In this course, students become familiar with a foundational understanding of Adobe Illustrator and apply this knowledge to illustrate a simple children’s book. Throughout the course students learn the basics to write, proof, sketch and illustrate a children’s book that may be optionally uploaded and published for digital download on Amazon.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before January 17)
Instructor: Sara Coursin

PC1037: From Photographs to Paintings
Turn your favorite photographs into paintings! Using a grid as a guideline, students focus on paint application and color. Learn to paint working with the subject matter of your choice: landscapes, a cherished object and portraits of people or pets. Through demonstrations, individual feedback from the instructor and group critiques, students of all levels gain confidence in their ability to translate imagery through paint.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before January 17)
Instructor: Robert Meincke

PC1095A: Analysis of Form (NEW)
In this class students break down objects into simple, easy to draw shapes, allowing them to build their subject from the ground up. Instead of concentrating on line, detail and shading, this class focuses on quick line-of-action sketches, defining volumes, posing and gestures. This technique can be used to draw a wide variety of subjects and content; however, this class emphasizes the development of characters and the ability to set them in various poses.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before January 17)
Instructor: Jon Brown

PC1096A: Expressive Drawing (NEW)
This course is designed to experiment, explore and improvise with traditional drawing techniques and utilizes classical visual forms such as still life, landscape and figures as well as nonrepresentational approaches. Students undertake a series of studio-based drawing exercises that expand the knowledge of the diverse approaches of mark-making found in contemporary art. A variety of media is covered, including charcoal and ink.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before January 17)
Instructor: Brit Krohmer

PC1097A: Introduction to Adobe: Digital Practices (NEW)
Designed to explore and integrate the basics of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, Digital Practices allows students to expand their creative potential using photography and various digital imagery techniques.  Ranging from playful to serious approaches, instruction includes concepts surrounding image quality, manipulation, editing and collage, along with incorporating design elements such as shapes, pattern and typography to provide a foundation for completing a wide variety of digital imagery.  No prior knowledge of computer graphics software is required.  Students will be provided access to software, but will need a computer to run the software.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before January 17)
Instructor: Jody Campbell

PC1099A: Special Effects for Video (NEW)
Introducing the fundamentals of digital visual effects for video, students utilize Adobe After Effects to learn visual effects techniques such as scene composing, motion tracking, rotoscoping, chroma keying, set extensions and more. Use the skills learned in this course for practical applications such as removing an unwanted logo from an actor’s wardrobe on a virtual set, or have some fun by teleporting your family to another planet to battle aliens in a light-sword competition. This course is primarily online, but may include one session at MIAD in small groups to utilize the Green Screen.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before January 17)
Instructor: Tim Chiapetta

Online Saturday Afternoon Classes 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

PC1098B: Introduction to Risography + Printed Matter (NEW)
“Risography’’ is using a Risograph machine to make art prints. Re-emerging from the 1980s, artists and designers are repurposing this cost-effective and environmentally-friendly technique as a printmaking medium due to its distinctive aesthetic. As a digital duplicator that layers soy-based inks in fine detail, Risography is fitting for both digital and hand-rendered approaches. Class begins by exploring the creative potential of Risography and translating ideas and sketches into a digital format. Upon completion of this course, students finish two risograph-printed projects and develop a basic understanding of how to layout, design, and finish zines and booklets. Projects will be printed at MIAD and mailed to the students.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $275
Instructors: Kayle Karbowski & Stephanie Gage

PC1100B: Making Comics (NEW)
Explore this unique art form by learning about the cartoonists who shaped it. Each session, students are introduced to a master of the comics medium and led through a workshop exploring ideas and techniques found in their body of work. The course also focuses on the core production processes utilized in commercial comic book creation: penciling, inking, lettering and coloring.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before January 17)
Instructor: David Beyer

PC1101B: Animating GIFs in Photoshop (NEW)
This class introduces students to the timeline in Adobe Photoshop and utilizes various drawing tools to create short 6-12 frame animations with sound elements. Students work with layers to isolate backgrounds and set key frames. Whether interested in traditional/digital frame-by-frame animation or just wondering how Photoshop can help create short motion graphic videos, this class gives a solid overview of Photoshop’s capabilities.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before January 17)
Instructor: Jon Brown

PC1102B: Intro to Sculpture (NEW) – This class has been cancelled.
Designed for students of all levels who wish to explore three-dimensional art, this course provides an overview of contemporary sculptural practice by exploring the relationship between idea and form. Students are instructed in traditional processes such as fabric, inflatables, cardboard and plaster. Class discussions focus on materials, design and techniques that aid in the conceptualization and completion of one-of-a-kind sculptures.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before January 17)
Instructor: Brit Krohmer

PC101B: Figure Drawing
In this course, students consider the figure within space and context as the basis for the development of their compositional skills and understanding. Using portraiture to investigate the form of the human body and developing an awareness of anatomical structures, students learn to structure the space of the “stage” the figure is presented in. While models are not used in the online course, students explore the figure by working from observation and real-life settings.
Online: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before January 17)
Instructor: Joe Boblick

In Person Saturday Morning Classes 9:00 a.m. – Noon

PC1049A: Korean Ink Brush Painting
Learn basic techniques of Korean ink brush painting from the renowned master painter Mokwon, and gain an understanding and appreciation of East Asian art and its aesthetics. In-class demonstrations include basic brush stroke techniques, composition and essential skills needed to paint flowers, birds and iris. These skills are practiced individually and with the master. You may bring your own sumi ink stick, brushes or sumi paper, but supplies, including a brush and paper, are available for purchase during class. All levels of experience are welcome.
In-person: Feb. 13 – Mar. 6, 4 sessions
Tuition: $185 ($160 before January 17th)
Instructor: Mokwon

PC1068A: Etching and Aquatint
Learn how to make and print an etching from start to finish. Students prepare, etch and print their own plates though guided demonstrations and work from their own photographs, drawings or designs. Students work at their own pace and can produce up to 4 plates for printing. The class covers techniques such as stage biting to create different line densities and aquatint to create tonal gradients. Two plate, color and “a la poupee” methods are demonstrated for more advanced students. Students must wear closed-toe shoes.
In-person: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $235 ($215 before January 17)
Instructor: Todd Mrozinkski

PC1070A: Photography Field Trip!
Photography Field Trip! combines field photography experiences with comprehensive classroom instruction through PowerPoint presentations sent before each trip. The class is for the beginner to intermediate photographer who wants to improve their skills in a variety of environmental settings. By working out in the field, participants have the opportunity to find moments that are unique to the shooter. Expect a lot of walking! Students must use a DSLR camera and provide their own transportation and entry fees if applicable. This class meets at a different off-site location each week, which will be indicated within the supply list provided online.
In-person: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before January 17)
Instructor: Rebecca Kames

In Person Saturday Afternoon Classes 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

PC1088B: Intro to Natural and Bundle Dye Fabrics (NEW)
Natural dyeing is one of the oldest ways we have achieved color. In this class, students explore how to dye fabrics naturally and achieve a variety of colors. Demonstrations cover how to mordant fabric, recipes for obtaining natural color and various types of dye resources to use from the kitchen and garden. All of the color samples created in the class are used to sew together a patchwork pillow or place mat. Students also learn sewing machine basics, as well as hand-sewing techniques and design.
In-person: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $225 ($205 before January 17)
Instructor: Sarah Eichhorn

PC198B: Intro to Acrylic Painting
This class provides an introduction to the basic materials, techniques and practices of direct painting. Students may choose to focus their study in oils or acrylic, but acrylic is highly recommended for first-timers. Using a variety of still life as subject matter, students develop an understanding of color application, paint handling, composition and spatial issues, as well as other technical and conceptual concerns.
In-person: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27, 6 sessions
Tuition: $215 ($190 before January 17)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

Scholarships

DPI SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2021.
To apply, please download the following form and submit it to the Pre-College Office.
Downloadable DPI Scholarship Application (Not available this semester)

Questions?
Contact the Pre-College office at 414‑847‑3330.

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COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of the MIAD community, including all guests on campus, will continue to drive our decisions as we navigate and remain flexible during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we are taking the following precautions for the Spring Pre-College and Continuing Education program.

For in-person courses at MIAD:

  • Class sizes will be restricted to allow for physical distancing.
  • Face masks are required.  Students are required to provide their own face mask.
  • Sanitization products and instructions for properly sanitizing work spaces will be provided in the classrooms.
  • Students will be expected to properly clean their work areas before and after use each class.
  • Students are expected to follow MIAD protocols for navigating the building (one-way stairwells, limits to number of persons in the elevators, etc.).
  • Students should self-monitor for signs of COVID-19, and we ask that students stay home if they are feeling ill.
  • If the instructor or anyone in a class tests positive for COVID-19 during the course, or if the campus is placed on extended lockdown due to the virus, students will be notified and the class will be cancelled. Reimbursements will be issued for the remaining classes.  As a six week course, there is not an opportunity to resume classes after a quarantine period.

For Online courses:

    • Minimum technical requirements to ensure a successful experience will be posted on the supply lists.
    • Courses will be taught synchronously. Therefore students will need to attend during the scheduled time as if the course were at MIAD.
    • Online courses will continue even if in-person courses are cancelled, unless an instructor tests positive for the virus. Online courses will be cancelled only if an instructor becomes ill, and reimbursements will be issued for the remaining classes.
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