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April 16, 2018

The Power of Apprenticeship + Design

It’s safe to say the design industry isn’t black and white. In fact, it’s never been so colorful. With businesses adopting so many new technologies and talented designers entering the workplace looking for a chance to flex their creative muscle, a program like Designship makes more sense than ever.

Businesses want competent employees. Starting designers want rewarding jobs. Designship accomplishes both by ensuring designers get the right experience and critical competencies to not only fast track their careers but to help companies more efficiently and quickly meet critical staffing needs.

That’s where Designship comes into play. Offered through Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), it’s the first apprenticeship program for design graduates in the country. It eases recruitment, provides immediate professional development training and puts new hires on a success in the fields of Communication Design, Interaction Design, Product Design, and Interior Architecture + Design.

It’s actually a simple solution to an ever-growing problem. From a recent hire’s standpoint, you’re immediately put on a fast track to moving up within a company. It quickly bridges the gap between your education and career advancement. This is done through assigned training and mentoring from within the company, and the ability to round out your skills with online design leadership and management courses provided by MIAD. From a business’s standpoint, you get instant access to emerging creatives with a built-in professional development program.

The real beauty of Designship, though, is that it’s a customizable program. Every company is unique and has its own way of doing things, from ad agencies to development companies, production companies to architecture firms, Designship can be tailored to all operations and needs. This is what makes the program a good fit for so many.

Cost you ask? The first 300 Designship positions will be underwritten through the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) grant. That’s a pretty good reason right there to get started now.

So maybe you’re looking for a way to build your career or your staff. Designship is here, so you can get there. Find out more at