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Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Quick Facts

Financial aid
Percentage of freshmen receiving financial aid: 98%
Student/faculty ratio

There is a gritty energy to this place, and we thrive on it. It’s central to our journey as we work, create, tear down, start over, and triumph to become passionate professionals. We build off of one another, collaborate and solve problems together. We connect in meaningful ways to the community and take inspiration from our environment to help make our neighborhood, city, state, country and world a better place. We believe in the power of art and design, not merely to reflect the world, but to change it.



MIAD immerses students in art and design. Each day brings creative challenges, deadlines, and high expectations. We motivate students to reinvent the ways they look at, understand, and create visual work. MIAD’s focused, sequential studio program prepares students for professional careers as artists and designers. Our liberal studies courses broaden intellectual horizons by providing a strong understanding of art history, writing, the humanities, sciences, and community. These courses are an integral part of each student’s educational and professional development and provide connection to the world in which our students live and thrive.


Enrollment: 650
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1


Admission requirements

Students must complete the free online application at miad.edu/applynow; have an acceptable portfolio review; submit official transcripts; have a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA; and meet all high school graduation criteria or possess a GED.

How AP/IB credits are handled
Credits for college-level equivalent courses will be considered after review of test scores of a 3 or above and a portfolio review. MIAD also accepts IB credits. More information about IB credit evaluation may be obtained from MIAD’s Office of Admissions.

DEGREES offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in New Studio Practice (Fine Art), Communication Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, and Interior Architecture & Design


Percentage of freshmen receiving financial aid: 98%
Percentage of all full-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 98%
For institution-specific scholarships, contact: Office of Admissions at 414.291.8070 or admissions@miad.edu

FAFSA Code: 014203

Tuition and Fees: $36,560 (Tuition & fees includes base fees only, because additional fees vary by major)
Room and Board: $8,230 (Room and board only includes room)


Mr. Jeffrey Morin

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Milwaukee, WI 53202-6003


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MIAD's cross-registration with Marquette University offers MIAD students access to an Advertising or Business minor, as well as an increased number of humanities and science classes. Access to Marquette's library, health and counseling services, intramural sports, and health club facilities is also available to MIAD students.