Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

273 E Erie St, Milwaukee, WI


It’s different here. There is a gritty energy to this place, and we thrive on it. It’s central to the journey we’re onas we work, create, tear down, start over, fail, succeed, fail again, triumph, and transition from being purely passionate to being passionate professionals. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is Wisconsin’s only four-year, private college of visual art and design, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design, Illustration, Illustration: Animation Track, Product Design, Interior Architecture and Design, and New Studio Practice: Fine Arts.

Questions and Answers about Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Killian P.
1 year ago
What are your strongest majors and what programs do you offer to support them?
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
MIAD has five majors that all have their strengths: -Illustration: (MIAD's most popular major!) Students can chose between a general Illustration track or Animation Track. -Communication Design - MIAD's graphic design major -Fine Art / New Studio Practice - A multidisciplinary program that covers media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, print, and photo. -Product Design: designing anything from utensils to motorcycles -Interior Architecture & Design : A combo of interior design and architecture. Learn more @
Killian P.
1 year ago
Does Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design help students become art therapists?
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Hi Killian! MIAD does not offer an Art Therapy major, but we have offerings that can prepare you to go into this line of work. Most students interested in Art Therapy at MIAD will pursue a studio art major with a minor in Psychology. (We offer the Psychology minor through our partnership with Marquette University.) In recent years we have also offered Art Therapy based courses at MIAD that involve the greater community. I hope that helps!

Majors offered at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

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Academics at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Student Faculty Ratio
11 to 1
Less Selective (64% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

Demographics for Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Students9%14%61%23%2%2%2%
All College Students12%22%36%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Students
< 14% Gender nonconforming
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Scholarships from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (2)

Portfolio Class Scholarship


Scholarship Portfolio Classes at MIAD are an opportunity for high school seniors to strengthen their portfolios across fine art and design disciplines for submission to college. MIAD offers in-person and/or online Scholarship Portfolio Classes throughout the year. 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. High school seniors who successfully complete the course receive a $2,500 scholarship, renewable up to four years (totaling $10,000), to attend MIAD in the fall following their high school graduation. 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.

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First-year students


MIAD Merit Scholarship


MIAD Merit Scholarships are renewable for up to four years. To be eligible for scholarship, students must be enrolled full time and remain in good academic standing. Students are automatically reviewed for merit scholarship upon applying. Additional need-based aid may be available based through financial aid.

How to apply

Eligible students are automatically considered.

First-year students
Transfer students
In-state students
Out-of-state students
$12,000 - $39,380

Common careers for Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Retail Store Designer73k
Senior Industrial Designer70k
Industrial Designer60k
Art Director58k
Senior Graphic Designer50k
Retail Store Manager48k
Graphic Designer42k
Based on 602 student responses
45.6kAvg. Early Career Pay
74.2kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
36%in High-Meaning careers

Net price of attending Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

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Student reviews of Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Lots of interesting clubs and activities
Close to activities in a city
Accessible and helpful professors
Comfortable dorms
LGBTQ+ friendly
Asher Belangia
Painting and Studio Art
Ecology + 4 others



As a queer individual interested in social issues, it's not too difficult to find people with the same ideas and interests as me. Along with that, free tutoring is offered every single day of the week. It's extremely helpful for writing, history, and science classes. The tutors are very kind and you develop personal relationships with them as you continue to sign up for tutoring sessions.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The communication from the administration is spotty. The student body continually demands campaigns for transparency on several topics such as where tuition and fees are going.

Emma Church
Theology and Religious Studies
Advocacy And Activism
Art History
Art + 9 others



Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is a great school if you are looking to go into graphic design or animation. While they do have a broad number of majors or minors, a majority of the students and the funding are focused on Animation & Graphic Design. It has a traditional age group of students who for the most part live in the dorms across the street from the school. A Blicks Art Supplies store is located directly across the street from MIAD under the dorms, & students are provided discounts on supplies. The school does not have much support or community for older or transfer students.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Unfortunately, Milwaukee remains one of the most segregated cities in America, and this can be apparent in the neighborhood MIAD is located. MIAD is located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, where there is not much diversity. Outside of MIAD, Milwaukee has a very elitist art scene, making it hard for students who are trying to network and make a name for themselves in the area. It is my opinion that while some professors are absolutely incredible & will truly try to provide their students with the best education possible, the school in its entirety lacks support in helping students thrive in the art world.

Michaela Sanderfoot



Because this is an art-specific school, it is easier to find people who share the same interests as you. I also like how the classes are smaller so it's easier to form connections with other students as well as professors.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The only thing that isn't the greatest is there isn't any parking for students that live on campus. If you want to bring your car, you have to pay to park in the Summerfest parking lot. that is about 4 blocks away from the on-campus apartments.

Mason Sevilla



I think it's one of the best schools for its price, especially for an arts college. I've had an amazing time there thus far

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I think what I most dislike about MIAD is the lack of communication and disconnect between the MIAD administaraion and the students. Oftentimes admin wouldn't make students aware of extremely important information until after the event already happened. For example, there was a break into the dorms, and students were not made aware of it until 2 days later, the RAs and students had to tell each other what happened. Things like that. Admin also chose to lift the mask mandate in the school despite us about to go into spring break and a large majority of students being against it according to polls

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