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About Wisconsin

The Art Institute of Wisconsin is located in Milwaukee's historic Third Ward, just south of downtown. Once the city's wholesale and manufacturing district, the Third Ward is now a trendy, upscale neighborhood where loft apartments, nightclubs, antique stores, boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries line the streets.

Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin, located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. Recognized for its large German population, breweries, and brewpubs, the city is home to numerous cultural, art, music, and food festivals, along with a wide range of museums, performing arts venues, gardens, and parks.

Milwaukee serves as the corporate headquarters for more than a dozen Fortune 1000 companies, and in 2009, five companies in the area were selected as leaders in their respective fields as part of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies." The city was also listed as being commuter friendly by Forbes Magazine. Milwaukee is truly a fascinating mix of the traditional and contemporary.

Milwaukee is also home to the Meir Festival Grounds and Summerfest, recognized as the world's largest music festival. The festival takes place annually in late June and early July. The city is also home to professional baseball's Brewers and professional basketball's Bucks. There are also indoor soccer and arena football teams in the region.

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What makes Milwaukee special?

Forbes Magazine listed Milwaukee as one of the top 100 places in the United States for Business and Careers.

History of Wisconsin

The Art Institute of Wisconsin is located in the P.H. Dye House, an eight-story building that was formerly the center of a dyeing operation for a local knitting company. The building also houses an art gallery, offices, and residential space.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing, which provides the opportunity to be a part of a thriving creative community. The cost of school-sponsored housing may be included in the cost of a student's financial plan.

To build relationships and gain experience in their areas of study, many students participate in special events and workshops, join student groups, and work in internships within the Milwaukee area. The Art Institute of Wisconsin offers the following student assistance:

  • Special events/workshops on health or wellness related areas
  • Information on human services in the local area
  • Assistance with study habits, time management, stress management, communication, problem solving, and the transition to school
  • Coordination of disability services for students who qualify in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Referral to short term counseling provided by the Student Assistance Program for students in need of emotional support or guidance

The Art Institute of Wisconsin facility is newly updated with industry-relevant equipment that prepares students for creative careers. In addition to classrooms, studios, laboratories, offices, and an exhibition gallery, the school has computer labs with both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

The extensive library collection consists of multiple format resources and services to meet the needs of all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In addition to its specialized collections, the library provides meeting and study space, video viewing stations, word processing software, wifi, program related software, copier service, and research assistance.

Industry-related and program-specific equipment includes:

  • Apple Workstations
  • HP Workstations
  • Cintiq Tablet Monitors
  • Panasonic HD Video Cameras
  • Wacom Tablets
  • Canon DSLR Cameras
  • Motion Capture System
  • Digital Scanners
  • iPads
  • Green Screen/Chroma Key Compositing Technology
  • Gerber System Fashion Patternmaking and Design Hardware
  • Light Tables and 2D Animals Production Facilities

Program-specific software includes:

  • Audodesk Entertainment Creation Suite
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Foundry NUKE Digital Compositor
  • Apple Final Cut Studio
  • Pixologic Xbrush
  • AutoCAD
  • SketchUp Pro
  • Microsoft Office
  • Gerber Accumark PDS/WebPDM
  • Avid Media Composer

Program-specific labs include:

  • 2 Apple Workstation Computer Labs with Cintiq Tablet Monitors
  • 1 HP Workstation Drafting Lab
  • Life Drawing Studio, which also has Cintiq Tablet Monitor stations
  • Interior Design Resource Room, containing thousands of fabric and material samples, as well as Pantone software
  • Sewing Lab with industrial machines
    • Straight-stitch industrial machine
    • Overlock industrial machine
    • Cover stich Industrial Machine
    • Button Holer
    • Blind Hemmer
    • Industrial Irons
    • Industrial Dress forms (men's and women's)
  • Production Studio with Green Screen and Lighting Grid
  • Isolation Recording Space
  • Two professional kitchens equipped with industry relevant equipment
    • Groen Intek steamers
    • Duchess Dough portioners
    • Us Ranges
    • Revent Deck Ovens
    • Metro Combi Proof and Hold boxes
    • Vita Mix blenders
    • Globe mixers
    • Micros POS system
    • Berkel cryovac machine
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