The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is a four-year, professional college of art and design, founded in 1974. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 11 majors and is considered the successor to the Layton School of Art.
The Layton School of Art
MIAD’s predecessor was the Layton School of Art, an institution with a rich history and a tradition of excellence. Layton was founded in 1920 by Charlotte R. Partridge and Miriam Frink. The two women were life partners and worked tirelessly together from 1920 until their retirement in 1954 to build Layton to an accredited institution of higher education with a national reputation. The Layton School of Art attracted some of the finest faculty in the region and by 1954 the school was serving over 1000 students through both day and evening courses.
Degree programs include Communication Design, Drawing, Illustration, Industrial Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Interior Architecture + Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Time-Based Media.
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is a degree granting college where individuals discover and realize their creative potential.
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design values...
Critical thinking and creative problem solving
Visual, verbal, written, and media literacy
Education and lifelong learning
Passion, commitment and dedication
Core values listed in random order.
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is a private, non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Wisconsin for the purpose of providing a professional education to students of the visual arts and related fields. MIAD is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD)(http://nasad.org). The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ((http://www.ncacihe.org) or 312/263-0456). The BFA degree of MIAD is approved by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board under Title 38, U.S. Code, for the training of veterans.
MIAD's faculty consists of about 200 working artists, designers, and scholars. With just over 600 full-time students, the ratio of student to faculty is 16 to 1.
- 630 Students (Includes full-time and part-time, degree-seeking students) 54% Female, 46% Male
- 600 Pre-College students
- 1500 Continuing Education students
- 250 Outreach/Special Programs students
MIAD's campus is located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward
, one of the city's arts districts, bordered by the Milwaukee River
and Lake Michigan
. MIAD occupies four historic buildings:
- The Jane Bradley Pettit Building, 273 E. Erie Street: In 1992, after a complete renovation, the college moved into this facility. This is MIAD's main academic building, offering students, faculty, and staff of space on five floors.
- Residence Hall, 222 E. Chicago Street: Students live in loft-style suites on the top three floors of this historic building, located two blocks from the Jane Bradley Pettit Building.
- Student Union, 266 East Erie Street (directly across the street from the Jane Bradley Pettit Building): The Student Union is one of the oldest structures in the Historic Third Ward. It was completely renovated during the summer of 1997 by MIAD students and designed by MIAD's Interior Architecture + Design department.
- Strange Brew Café and Gallery, 143 North Broadway, an extension to the Student Union.
- Brooks Stevens Gallery of Industrial Design (Jane Bradley Pettit Building)
- Frederick Layton Gallery (Jane Bradley Pettit Building)
- East Gallery (Jane Bradley Pettit Building)
- Strange Brew Café and Gallery (143 North Broadway)
- MIAD web site (http://www.miad.edu)
- The Streaming Rat, a MIAD student publication since 2007 (http://www.streamingrat.info)