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 11 majors and is considered the successor to 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.
MIAD is able to award students who show exemplary skills through their portfolio and outstanding academic achievement in their high school careers renewable scholarships. The scholarships are awarded by committee after acceptance and range in value.
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.
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 (22,800 m2) of space on five floors.
TWO50TWO is MIAD's residence hall, opened in the Fall of 2014. The dorms are located across the street from the Jane Bradley Pettit Building, and are apartment style. The building includes:
Five floors of housing above a ground floor with 5,780 square feet of retail space
75 fully furnished two-bedroom suites, each accommodating four students with a living room, kitchen and two bathrooms
Accommodations for nine student resident assistants and the resident manager, an adult MIAD employee
Amenities in each suite that include a twin bed, nightstand, three-drawer dresser, desk and chair for each student; flat-screen LED TVs, couch, chair and end tables in the living room; and stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, disposal and stools for eat-in kitchen
Student lounges, common study areas and laundry rooms on all dwelling floors
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. The Student Union has since been damaged by an electrical fire in early 2013, and while the interior has since been cleaned of fire damage the building in general has not had any renovations to return it to its once functional status.