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History

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) was founded in 1974.


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

  • Communication Design
  • Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Integrated Studio Arts
  • Interior Architecture + Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Time-Based Media

Faculty

MIAD's faculty consists of more than 100 artists, designers, and scholars. The student faculty ratio is 15 to 1.


Enrollment

  • 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

Campus

MIAD's campus is located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, the city's official arts district, bordered by the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. The college offers one of the largest, safest, and most comprehensive art and design environments in the United States. 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 245,000 square feet 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.

Galleries

  • 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)

External Links

MIAD web site (http://www.miad.edu)


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