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Saint Kate

139 EAST KILBOURN
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-390-4646     visit website     view map

The City:

Milwaukee is a city that cherishes its roots; you'll see revitalized architecture throughout downtown, and a parade of summer festivals celebrate the diverse cultures that made the city what it is today. But Milwaukee is also a city that's growing and changing. From major construction projects like a brand new arena and streetcar to the revival of streets and neighborhoods around the city, there's a new energy in the air.

The Institutions:

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

As the only comprehensive arts school in the UW System, the Peck School of the Arts serves more than 1,800 students, offering some of the most exciting and innovative programs in Art & Design, Dance, Film, Music, and Theatre. 

Research As entrepreneurs, our students approach challenges with innovative thinking and establish sustainable solutions to social challenges. As one of the nation's top 115 research universities, our student artists receive the support needed to positively affect, and engage, the greater community and the world.

Arts Engaged Committed to Milwaukee's diverse urban communities, our faculty and student artists approach challenges with innovative thinking, find sustainable solutions to social challenges and become entrepreneurs. Peck School prides itself on positively affecting, and engaging, the greater community and beyond.


Art & Design Art & Design at UW-Milwaukee develops creative thinkers, artist professionals, and cultural leaders through a cross-disciplinary curriculum that balances innovation, traditional craftsmanship, critical thinking, and scholarly civic engagement. Committed to Milwaukee's diverse urban communities, our programs emphasize activism and thinking with the arts. 

Visual Arts As the only comprehensive arts school in the UW System, Peck School of the Arts provides educational and professional training in art and design, dance, film, music and theatre. Nestled within a leading research campus, our flexible programs offer opportunities for collaboration and creative innovation, as well as access to entrepreneurial resources, competitions and grants.
Recognized as the cultural capital of Wisconsin, Peck School connects students with professional artists and internships at film festivals, museums and other creative institutions while earning their degrees.
Our faculty is comprised of active artists who promote collaborative, interdisciplinary, and entrepreneurial thinking and practice across the department, university, community, and beyond!

MIAD

As an accredited, nonprofit, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design provides a transformative four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts education that prepares students of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds for fulfilling and financially rewarding careers. MIAD fosters innovative, entrepreneurial and disruptive thinking that benefits our students and our corporate and nonprofit partners. MIAD also brings robust career pathways and college-readiness experiences to high school youth and provides cultural experiences and programming to the Greater Milwaukee community.

The professional experiences students receive throughout the curriculum and via the MIAD Innovation Center are a vital part of their MIAD education, leading to national accolades for the college. MIAD is among the top three art and design colleges nationwide for helping students from low-income backgrounds attain upper-middle-class jobs, according to Money Magazine's 2018 Best Colleges for Your Money. The college also has been named a Top Design College by Graphic Design USA for four consecutive years.

MIAD's campus is located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward with twenty blocks of renovated warehouses, artists lofts, theaters, businesses, shops and restaurants. A destination for both tourists and residents, the Third Ward possesses a distinct and unique urban flavor.

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