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.
These schools are similar to Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.