Higher Education

Programs in Creative Industries at Higher Education Institutions

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) ranked 10th among all design schools in the U.S. by the Design Intelligence Journal. Committed to innovation, the school produces topnotch designers for the region’s leading companies.

UWM’s Peck School of the Arts, with BFA and MFA programs in visual arts and craft media and a certificate in museum studies.

UWM offers a BA in interdisciplinary arts and technology (although the focus is much more the application of technology to the arts than the influence of the arts on technology more broadly defined).

Marquette University’s Department of Performing Arts and degree in theatre, in partnership with MIAD, which covers all aspects of performance and production. Its 50 to 60 students come mainly from the area and Chicago, but most leave the area to find work.

Cardinal Stritch University’s BA in jazz studies, composition, and performance. Named the states first “All Steinway” school, public performances take place in a 400-seat auditorium.

UWM’s BFA and MFA programs in film and video are ranked among the top in the U.S. Its documentary film center has a partnership with Public Television, shows at and puts on film festivals, and produces creative talent, which generally has to leave the area due to lack of opportunities.

Mount Mary University has a top-rated program in fashion design that includes a Harley-Davidson Patternmaking Laboratory. It includes internships and partners with the Paris American Academy, makes biannual trips to Paris, and has a permanent historic costume exhibition space in Walter and Olive Stiemke Memorial Hall.

The Theater Department at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus was named the recipient of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents’ “Teaching Excellence Award for Outstanding Academic Program.” The department was the only fine arts department in the state to ever win this award.

Concordia University, Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, and UW-Milwaukee have K-12 art and music education programs to prepare teachers for the public or private schools, e.g., CEO’s Roundtable, the Networking Forum, and FUEL. Each of these programs gives entrepreneurs and business owners the chance to learn from each other and to hear about new economic and business opportunities.


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