Here are important dates for the spring semester for you and your student to know.

January 14 – Spring classes begin

January 18 – Winter Gallery Night
Two exhibitions are on view during Winter Gallery Night in the Historic Third Ward from 5 – 9 p.m. – Spectacular Vernacular and I Contain Multitudes.

January 19 – I Contain Multitudes: Opening Reception & Artists’ Discussion
Meet the 10 artists participating in “I Contain Multitudes” and view a documentary created about the making of this exhibition. “I Contain Multitudes” is generously supported in part by the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No classes on this day.

February 7Navigating Between Cultures: Artists’ Talk & Panel Discussion
As part of “I Contain Multitudes” exhibit programming, Fawzia Khan and Hend Al-Mansour lead a discussion on challenges of being part of two cultures simultaneously. “I Contain Multitudes” is generously supported in part by the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

February 13 – MIAD Creativity Series
Michael DelGaudio ’01 (Communication Design) leads user experience teams for Android TV and Internet of Things at Google. He presents “Design++: Living at the Intersection of People and Technology” at 6 p.m.

February 27 – Talking Suitcases
As part of “I Contain Multitudes” programming, Susan Armington discusses her project to fill a suitcase with handmade objects that tell stories and help participants gain insights about themselves, touching on topics such as immigration, racism, grief, personal loss and life transition. “I Contain Multitudes” is generously supported in part by the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

March 11 – Midterm reports available

March 11 – 15 – Spring Break
No classes

April 2 First-Year Juried Student Exhibition
This exhibition, showcasing the best of first-year student work, opens on the second floor.

April 5 – First-Year Juried Student Exhibition Awards Reception
An outside juror selects students to receive awards. The ceremony takes place from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on the second floor.

April 11 – ARTH151 Field Trip
All freshmen enrolled in ARTH151 engage in an all-day field trip to Chicago.

April 17 – Senior Exhibition Preview Night
MIAD’s annual Senior Exhibition, Wisconsin’s largest exhibition of its kinds, features more than 100 artists and designers representing all of MIAD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts majors and minors. The Preview Night, from 4 – 8 p.m., is the MIAD community’s chance to see the work before the exhibit opens to the general public.

April 24 – MIAD Defines
All classes are canceled for this unique learning event. The entire college participates in a day of panels, gallery talks and events.

April 26 – Senior Exhibition Opening Reception & Gallery Night
The 2018 MIAD Senior Exhibition has its Opening Reception on Spring Gallery Night in the Historic Third Ward from 5 – 9 p.m.

May 1 – RPC Pecha Kucha presentations
Selected first-year students will present pecha kuchas they’ve created in their RPC classes. The presentations are from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

May 4 – Last day of spring classes

May 11 – Graduation ceremony
Congratulations to our graduating seniors! MIAD’s commencement ceremony is held at the Pabst Theater, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Read the graduation blog for more info.


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By Olivia Paul, Sophomore, Industrial Design I never knew how much coming to MIAD would make me question my identity and familial relations. I’ve been groomed and nurtured by two loving beings: my parents. My thoughts and values are based on my upbringing with them. So, I have a good sense of who I am, […]

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Preparing for a Creative Career: Tips for Junior and Senior Students

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Preparing for a Creative Career: Tips for First-Year and Sophomore Students

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Even as students enjoy Winter Break, they can keep focused and continue to prepare for their future creative careers. Having success in their classes is the best way for students to develop their creative skills, but career research, job search preparation and professional-related engagement outside of classes is helpful as they navigate the future. Below […]

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How Your Student Can Get Involved on Campus

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There are a variety of ways in which students can get involved on campus. Student Party is MIAD’s equivalent of Student Government. It meets weekly on Wednesdays during the Common Hour (11 – 12:30 p.m.) in Room 399A.  Student Party helps with MIAD traditions like the annual AIDS Walk WI, Blood Drives, the MIAD Halloween Party, […]

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How to Offer Support to Your Student During Midterms

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Midterm reports are a way to reflect on the past eight weeks of the academic year, celebrate and recalibrate. This time of year can also produce anxiety, homesickness and uncertainty. At MIAD, academic advising supports the personal and the academic growth of each student. We are here to support and be a part of their […]

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I Do Declare: Preparing for Majors Declaration Day

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At MIAD, advising works to support your student in both their passion and future profession! Majors Declaration Day is Thursday, November 8. At this event, your student will be able to declare their major and interact with department chairs, other students and alumni with a more intentional focus and direction. For First-Year Experience (FYE) students, it’s […]

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The FAFSA is now available – start the financial aid process now

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Students who will attend MIAD in the fall of 2019 can begin the process of securing financial aid now at Here is an overview of the FAFSA filing and financial aid timeline: Students should file a 2019-2020 FAFSA for financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year using your 2017 IRS tax return info. The […]

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Short-Term Study Abroad – What Parents Need to Know

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Short-term study and travel abroad programs offer students a chance to broaden their world-views, immerse themselves in other cultures and environments and elevate their artistic and design practices. This year, students have one short-term study abroad opportunity: MAKING GLASGOW: CULTURE AND CREATIVITY IN A POST-INDUSTRIAL CITY Overview Led by Courtney Maloney, Bob Lynch and Ben […]

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An Overview of Advising from Alea Cross

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Important Dates for Fall Semester

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Welcome to new and returning students in Fall 2018

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Join Us for the NextGen Workshop for Parents August 7

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Follow MIAD on social media

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Senior Exhibition opens this week at MIAD

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MIAD Alpha Lambda Delta honor society invites parents for tours and ceremony April 13, 2018

March 30, 2018

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is a nationally recognized honor society celebrating freshman academic milestones. For accepted students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher, MIAD’s ALD Chapter will be inducting members Friday, April 13, 2018. As we acknowledge students for their high achievement this day, MIAD also invites all parents who would like to view the […]

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MIAD President, alumni among artists selected for Milwaukee Bucks arena

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Artwork by MIAD President Jeff Morin and MIAD alumni Vedale Hill ’11, Brandon Minga ’04 and Andi Woodward ’13 has been chosen for the new Milwaukee Bucks arena. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, these artists are among 32 artists selected from about 1,200 who applied for the arena project. “We really wanted to run […]

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New academic minors at MIAD expand career opportunities for students

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Alumni Profile: Melissa Thornton ’02, Owner of Milwaukee Home

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Helping your student with their academic action plan

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A note from Alea Cross, Director of Advising As the spring semester is underway, Academic Advising is excited to support students in their academic planning to develop them as creative minds and emerging professionals. This semester, advisors have shared an action plan guide with your student. This guide will assist your student in developing and […]

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