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.
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.
Residence Hall, The Park at 1824: an upscale building that offers private shuttle service and a direct public bus line to MIAD from its location 2.5 miles away on Milwaukee's east side. A new residence hall is schedule to open in fall 2014 across the street from the main academic building at 252 E. Menomonee St.
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.