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Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

There is a gritty energy to this place, and we thrive on it. It’s central to our journey as we work, create, tears 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 to reflect the world and change it.

MIAD immerses students in art and design. Each day brings creative challenges, deadlines, and high expectations. We motivate students to reinvent how 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 solid understanding of art history, writing, the humanities, sciences, and community. These courses are integral to each student’s educational and professional development and provide a connection to the world in which our students live and thrive.

Quick Facts
879 students (all undergraduate)
Tuition & fees
Food & housing
Average cost after aid
$17,120 (2021-22 average)
Student/faculty ratio

Did You Know?

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.

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Admission requirements

Students must complete an online application, submit a portfolio of 10-20 images, and submit official copies of all school transcripts.

How AP/IB credits are handled

Credits for college-level equivalent courses will be considered after reviewing test scores and a portfolio review. MIAD requires an AP score of 3 or higher for credit consideration.

Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in New Studio Practice: Fine Arts, Communication Design, Illustration, Interior Architecture and Design, and Product Design

Percentage of all full-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 100%
For institution-specific scholarships, contact: the Office of Admissions at 414.291.8070 or sends e-mail)

FAFSA Code: 014203

Tuition and Fees: $42,268 (Tuition & fees include base fees only;  additional costs vary by major)

Room and board: $10,430 (Room and board only include room.)