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The Art Institute of Wisconsin


The Art Institute of Wisconsin is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over fifty schools throughout North America dedicated to providing hands-on education in the creative and applied arts. The Art Institute of Wisconsin offers bachelor's and associate degree programs for students interested in pursuing career opportunities from among tomorrow's 15 million jobs in creative fields like design, fashion, media arts, and culinary (based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for job growth from 2012 to 2022).

A focused education from The Art Institute of Wisconsin can help students turn their creative energy into a powerful tool that can make a difference in the world. Students are part of a collaborative and supportive community, where experienced instructors provide the guidance and skills needed to pursue a career in the creative economy.

The Art Institute of Wisconsin is also an important resource for creative industry leaders who value the opportunity provided students to learn by using professional-grade technology to build a portfolio of work to show potential employers after graduation.


The Art Institute of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and associate degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ACICS can be contacted at 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington, D.C. 20002; phone: 202-336-6780.

The Art Institute of Wisconsin is authorized by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, 201 W. Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, P.O. Box 8696, Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8696;


The Art Institute of Wisconsin is located in the center of Milwaukee, the largest city in the state. Milwaukee is known for its large German population, its many breweries, and its neighborhood brewpubs. But Milwaukee is also home to a large number of cultural, art, music, and food festivals, along with a wide range of museums, performing arts venues, gardens, and parks. Summerfest, an event that's held every late June through early July in Milwaukee, is one of the world's largest music festivals.

Milwaukee serves as the corporate headquarters for more than a dozen Fortune 1000 companies. Recently, five companies in the area were selected as leaders in their respective fields as part of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies." Milwaukee was also recently ranked by Forbes as the fourth-best city in America for commuters. Also known as the setting for the television shows "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley" in the 1970s and 1980s, Milwaukee is a fascinating mix of the traditional and contemporary for students who are looking an education in the creative and applied arts.

The city also offers the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Haggerty Museum of Art, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, the Charles Allis Art Museum, the William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design--and even a museum dedicated to Harley Davidson motorcycles. Milwaukee also has one of the highest per-capita student populations in all of North America.

In Milwaukee, there are plenty of opportunities to cheer on local teams. Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers play under the retractable roof of Miller Park, the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center, and the legendary Green Bay Packers' stadium, Lambeau Field, is just a few hours' drive north. Milwaukee is a genuine American city that offers a little bit of everything--and a lot of what many students are seeking.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of Wisconsin
320 East Buffalo St., Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
United States
PHONE: 1.414.978.5000 or 1.877.285.4234
FAX: 1.414.978.5182


Advertising  Bachelor of Arts
Graphic Design Bachelor of Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Arts
Media Arts
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Arts
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Arts
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Arts
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor of Arts
Web Design & Interactive Media Bachelor of Arts
Fashion Design Bachelor of Arts
Fashion Marketing Bachelor of Arts
Baking & Pastry Associate of Applied Arts
Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science
Culinary Arts Management Bachelor of Arts
Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of Wisconsin provides a learning environment with professional-grade technology applicable to each student’s course of study. Students have the opportunity to build a portfolio of work that shows potential employers that they are trained to use the software, hardware, or equipment utilized within the industry. Depending upon the course of study, students are immersed in a creative environment—from classrooms to computer labs to studios—focused on relevant, hands-on education designed to prepare them for the real world. 


Actual tuition and housing costs will vary depending on program, number of credits enrolled, and living arrangements. Prospective students should contact a Student Financial Services professional at the school for details.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Students who require financial assistance should first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at and meet with a financial aid officer. Students may also apply for a number of scholarships focusing on their specific areas of career interest.


Faculty members are hands-on creative professionals with proven experience as business leaders and innovators, hosting a learning environment similar to the career world students will face after graduation. Part instructor, part mentor, their mission is to help develop and transform creative potential into high-demand marketable skills.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students should refer to the current academic catalog for full details regarding admission requirements and process. 

Application and Information

To obtain an application, make arrangements for an interview, or tour the school, prospective students should contact:

The Art Institute of Wisconsin
320 East Buffalo St., Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
PHONE:  1.414.978.5000 or 1.877.285.4234
FAX:  1.414.978.5182


Since The Art Institutes system of schools is comprised of several institutions, see for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info. The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school, and employment opportunities are not guaranteed. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration #04-01-1698B, AC0165, AC0080, Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. Certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia. Administrative office: 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. ©2013 The Art Institutes International LLC.




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