Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Type Private
Established 1974
Endowment $2.7 million (2011)[1]
President Jeffery Morin
Academic staff
Undergraduates 650
Location Milwaukee, USA
Campus Urban

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 5 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 history and 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 forced 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

Degree programs include communication design, illustration, industrial design, interior architecture and design, new studio practice, and time-based media.


The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 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). 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. The BFA degree of MIAD is approved by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board for the training of veterans.


MIAD's faculty consists of about 200 working artists, designers, and scholars. With approximately 650 full-time students, the ratio of student to faculty is 16 to 1.



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 three historic buildings:

In 1992, after a complete renovation, the college moved into the Jane Bradley Pettit Building. This is MIAD's main academic building, with 245,000 square feet (22,800 m2) of space on five floors.


MIAD is located in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 43°01′52″N 87°54′28″W / 43.031024°N 87.907813°W / 43.031024; -87.907813 (MIAD)



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