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!

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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
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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

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