How your student can prepare to declare a major

It’s time for First-Year Experience (FYE) students to declare a major! Major Declaration Day is Wednesday, November 6. At this event, your student can declare their major of choice and begin to interact with Department chairs, continuing students and alumni with a more intentional focus and direction.

Before that day, FYE students should research and reflect on what path they may want to take.

This quarter, they received a Professional Preparation Plan (PPP) guidebook, and Careers in Art & Design booklet. These resources not only help them consider the journey of their academic engagement, but also how they can begin career development as an aspiring professional.

Feel free to read the provided academic and career development materials, and use them as a conversation starter to inquire:

  • What mediums are you using in class? Which do you like the best?
  • Have you identified your skills and interests both inside and outside the classroom?
  • Have you begun researching the majors and occupations related to degrees offered at MIAD?

Faculty and staff have crafted videos about the majors that we encourage you and your student to view:

Industrial/Product Design

Interior Architecture and Design

New Studio Practice: Fine Arts

Communication Design


If your student has questions about academic programs or career options, they can contact:

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