Location
Milwaukee, WI
Undergrads
657
Tuition
$29,474
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The internship and job opportunities in the Communication Design program at MIAD are abundant. It's encouraged that you seek out employment or internship opportunities before you even graduate. The CD program in general is an incredible learning experience and helps create versatility in your work as an artist.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Overall, the academics are satisfactory at MIAD. The professors on campus are usually willing to meet with you for extra guidance/help in regards to your work. The workload is extremely demanding and rigorous, as a student you're constantly working on projects and progressing.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: It's gotten a lot better since I was a freshmen. The food is made with healthier materials and there are much more organic options than GMO options. There's only one cafeteria, and it runs mainly average cafeteria hours. As long as someone mans the register, it can stay open pretty late.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There's a bunch of new apartment complexes that are too expensive for me, personally, but lots of MIAD kids can afford to live there, and the places are really really nice. North of downtown there's a lot of schools, and it's a big residential area, so finding a house to rent out isn't that hard as long as you can get to it first before other students do. It gets pretty competitive trying to find a reasonably priced and well maintained property.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Since we're so closed to downtown, there's lots of places to get a beer and coffee and small breakfast and large lunch. Cafes, bars, restaurants are all abundant and location in downtown doesn't really affect pricing. Graffito's is nice for a good professional luncheon, and The Swinging Door Exchange is great for amazing food and to watch the game. It's a hotspot for construction crews and lawyers to come and eat, the atmosphere agrees with almost any brand of occupation.

2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Hello hipsters of the world! If you've ever dyed your hair weird colors, shaved the side of your head, worn Victorian clothes daily, wear tights under short shorts in the middle of winter, this school is probably a good place you'll fit in. It's relatively cliquey, and there's not a whole lot of straight guys. So if you're going to college looking for a relationship rather than a career, there's plenty of women and gay dudes here. Go crazy.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Being in a major, any major, is always tough work. It takes a buttload of determination and motivation to get through four/three years of it.

Personally, Interiors, Architecture, and Design (IAD) is one of the best and worst majors ever. It takes soo much work and requires so much of your attention and time. You have to sacrifice a lot of things to get where you want to be, to have a worthwhile career. I despise the workload because out of the entire school IAD requires the most time and classes and credits. It's so much! But I do love it. Nothing you want is easy to work for. And IAD is something I love, very much. I have never not enjoyed designing something. It's stressful, yes, but it's totally worth it.

As a student in IAD you generally have 3 specific teachers who will stick with you throughout your 3 years in their major. They all are very intelligent and competent. Internships are always there, but you need to put in the effort and apply for it yourself to get it. The school doesn't baby you and apply for you, it's a do it yourself kind of thing.

3 College Senior

Academics: Like I said, it's tough being in any major and I can't really speak for other major's workloads in depth. From what I've heard, IAD, ID (Industrial Design), CD (communication design), and Illustration are the busiest majors. Our workloads are a lot heavier than the fine art side of the school. Registration is pretty easy, it was a simple process. Ever single professor at MIAD is always willing to give you feedback or help with something, they will make time for you, even if they don't know you.

3 College Senior

Facilities: MIAD doesn't have much to offer physically in terms of accommodating student life. It's more of a place where the students can do what they want in a space. Like, they can make their studios into lounges and 'student centers'. We can go in groups to the nearest gym. Our library is pretty small, but a lot of students use it. We have a lot of fun goofy campus events, like Humans vs Zombies, Cosplay-Day, Easter Egg Hunt, to name a few. Students hang out wherever they want, there is no specified spot.

3 College Senior

Facilities: It's a one-building campus currently. MIAD is in the process of building brand new dorms right across the street, which should be done by next year. We used to have a student-run cafe which was very popular, until a fire burnt most of it up and it's been a major hassle trying to get it fixed up again. Lots of students hang out with their teachers too, which is awesome. There'a a big sense of togetherness in each major, and sometimes rivalry between two majors occurs. It's pretty entertaining though.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: MIAD is less than a mile away from Summerfest ground, the waterfront, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, The Harley Davidson Museum, the Amtrak Station, and downtown where all the big shindigs happen like the Marcus Center for the Arts. It's a city and bad things happen eveywhere, but MIAD is located in the safest neighborhood in all of Milwaukee. The community really enjoys getting involved with students and being involved in school events too.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Not many scholarships are really put out in the open. There's a billboard next to financial aid with a list of scholarships on it, but that's the only coverage it really gets. There's no newsletter or document shared around that really helps students see that there is more financial aid available.

5 College Senior

Facilities: I truly adore this school. It's a colorful and inviting environment filled with art to inspire you and your work. The cafeteria offers a larger variety of food than I ever expected. The staff are more than willing to help on a personal level with any school related and occasionally personal issues you may be having. The student life is generally friendly and encouraging of each others work.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I have never actually lived in the dorms but have visited. They are new, spacious beautiful, a wonderful social experience. They are also lenient with visitors and have common space to enjoy social time. The only negative, I'd say, is the expense.

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2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: They are strict on what they need to be (drugs and alcohol) but very open and lenient towards ideas of students for the school (activities, food, events, courses, etc.)

1 College Senior

Parking: Though there is a small lot a block and a half away, the spots are small and tight and cost $200 per semester to weasel your way into a spot each day. The living expense in the area is pricey so cars are a common way to commute from a place with reasonable living expenses and therefore it is needed to buy this pass. The parking officers are handy with their tickets in the 2 hour parking that surrounds the school.

College Junior

Greek Life: This is a boutique Art School. There is no "Greek" life at MIAD unless you consider Greek life as part of your art history class.

4 College Junior

Facilities: This is an art school with most of the things one would come to expect from a small Bauhaus inspired school. One thing that sets MIAD apart is their 3D lab, and the trained staff that run it. Also, the industrial design program is one of the best in the nation.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The building is an old factory warehouse converted into the school, so it has a fantastic industrial aesthetic. The school is also located directly on the river and has some pretty nostalgic old Milwaukee scenes, like the tug boats that still move coal up the river.

4 College Junior

Computers: They are mostly pretty good. I have never had an issue with any of the in-school computers. Of course there is a mandatory laptop rule, so I mostly used my own computer.

5 College Junior

Majors: I would do it all over if I could go back. I have grown and stretched so much thus far, and in fact I wish i would have found the degree sooner. Industrial Design is still somewhat of an obscure and esoteric field, yet broad in possibilities. The program focuses on so many old-school and new school methods, so it is quite encompassing.

3 College Junior

Parking: There is one parking lot available for students at a fee of $200 a semester. There is meter parking directly in front of and down the street from campus. Free parking on the street is hard to come by behind the school and across the river.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing is just okay right now, but the school just broke ground on a new dormitory literally across the street. This new building should be ready fall of 2014. The concept renderings look pretty awesome.

4 College Junior

Academics: The Industrial Design Program is one of the most demanding majors in the school. There is so much to learn about the field and so little time, so the workload is quite overwhelming at times. But, if you are dedicated, the work can be quite rewarding.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I was offered a very small scholarship, I wish there were more opportunity to apply for additional scholarships... I guess that is why I'm on here.

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