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Summer 2019 Pre-College registration now open

Jan 8, 2019

MILWAUKEE (January 7, 2019) … Registration is now open for the Summer 2019 Pre-College Program at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD).

Student workingThis intense, immersive and exciting exploration of visual art and design is open to high school students. Taught by MIAD faculty, the Pre-College Program provides students the opportunity to create art all day and experience a college-level curriculum in areas such as Illustration, Industrial Design, Contemporary Studio Practices, Interior Architecture and Design, Photography, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design and more. The participants also connect with other art students from across the country.

“Through engaging projects, students are challenged to explore new territories and methods of making, while gaining a foundational understanding of practices unique to their selected courses,” said Corbett Toomsen, MIAD’s Director of Pre-College and Continuing Education.

Pre-College offers 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 receive 3 elective college credits to MIAD.

Scholarships are available on a merit/financial need basis. Deadline to apply for scholarships is April 1, 2019.

Nearly 300 high school students from 16 states attend MIAD’s summer and weekend Pre-College program each year.

Student working“MIAD Pre-College feels different than other programs and is very unique,” said Karma Turner, from Sheboygan, Wis., who attended Pre-College last year. “It’s a great opportunity for me, and I would not have been able to come without my scholarship. I have never improved my skills so much in such a short time, but it’s challenged me and been one of the best experiences of my life.”

Emily Rutherford, a student from Green Bay, Wis., who also attended Pre-College last year, added, “The people here are motivated and invested in art. The hands-on full attention of the professors is helpful.”

Pre-College is just one of MIAD’s youth and community outreach programs. The Future Designers program brings robust career pathways, design technology and experiences to low-income and underrepresented students at Milwaukee area high schools such as Bay View, Cristo Rey, Golda Meir, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Reagan, St. Joan Antida, St. Thomas More and South Division. MIAD Continuing Education offers courses for adults to foster personal and professional creativity through classes on art and design trends and emerging technology.

More than 40 percent of students who receive a scholarship to attend the Pre-College summer program are from low-income families. The Pre-College and Future Designers programs are generously funded by an anonymous donor, Bader Philanthropies, Inc., the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation, Heil Family Foundation, Anthony Petullo Foundation and other funders.