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Versatility

Students are welcome to fully concentrate on painting or drawing as unique and direct mediums in themselves, or to explore more personal integrations with other disciplines, such as printmaking, sculpture, fibers, digital technology, and time-based processes. All students in the program are encouraged and required to participate in student painting groups, organized and course-related exhibitions and events. These opportunities may include exhibiting in galleries, alternative and public spaces, community art centers, and museums.

Collaboration

Our students draw ideas and inspiration from the full range of experiences that a university can offer, including possible collaborations with other departments and campus organizations, such as the School of Architecture, The Multi-Cultural Student Center, The Water Institute, Special Collections and the American Geographical Society at the UWM Golda Meir Library. Ultimately, our faculty are dedicated to challenging and developing each student’s own perception and definition of painting and drawing, allowing the students to discover for themselves the boundaries that define their own creative practice into new subjective territories.

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Degrees

Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Studio Art: Painting & Drawing

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)  
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities – Art History 101 & 102 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Electives
Advanced Art History 6
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
Peck School of the Arts (arts areas inside/outside department) 3
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 9
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas

 

Art & Design Core 30 Credits
First Year Program (2.5 Cumulative GPA required)
ART 101 Drawing I 3
ART 106 Survey 3
ART 108 2D Concepts 3
ART 109 3D Concepts 3
ART 118 Digital Arts 3
English Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
Math Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
200 Level Studio Electives (9 credits total, not applicable if fulfilled as part of degree curriculum)
(Choose from below) 3-6
ART 201 Drawing II
ART 208 Color Concepts
ART 212 Intro to Digital Studio Practice
ART 221 Intro to Design
Film 222 Intro to Digital Filmmaking
ART 223 Typography
ART 224 Dynamic Typography
ART 227 Design Workshop
ART 238 Fibers Workshop
ART 243 Intro to Painting
ART 249 Painting & Drawing Workshop
ART 253 Intro to Photography
ART 269 Sculpture Workshop
ART 277 Design for Digital Fabrication
ART 279 Jewelry Workshop
ART 289 Ceramics Workshop
ART 291 Intro to Print & Narrative Forms
ART 299 Printmaking Workshop
(Choose from below) 3-6
ART 231 Intro to Fibers
ART 261 Intro to Sculpture
ART 271 Intro to Jewelry & Metals
ART 278 Intro to Industrial Craft
ART 281 Intro to Ceramics
Critical Thinking
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
ART 509 Visual Art Seminar 3

 

Degree Curriculum 55 Credits
Required
ART 243 Intro to Painting 3
ART 342 Intro to Figure Drawing 3
ART 343 Figure Painting 3
ART 441 Advanced Drawing Strategies I 3
ART 443 Painting Strategies 3
ART 543 Painting Studio 3
ART 604 Senior Seminar 3
ART 605 Senior Show 1
ART 643 Senior Project 3
Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART 442 Figure Drawing Explorations
ART 541 Advanced Drawing Strategies II
ART 543 Painting Studio
Studio Electives
(Choose from Art & Design class listings in consultation with advisor) 27

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Studio Art

The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art offers students a concentrated studio art experience as a complement to a broad exposure to the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. Bachelor of Arts (Studio Arts) students choose between a focus in two-dimensional or three-dimensional studios after completing a core of study in the First Year Programs of studio art practice.

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)  
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities – Art History 101 & 102 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Electives
Advanced Art History 6
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
Peck School of the Arts (arts areas inside/outside department) 3
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 9
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas

 

Degree Curriculum 75 Credits
First Year Program (2.5 Cumulative GPA)
ART 101 Drawing I 3
ART 106 Survey 3
ART 108 2D Concepts 3
ART 109 3D Concepts 3
ART 118 Digital Arts 3
English Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
Math Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
Introductory Studios
(Choose from below) 6
ART 201 Drawing II
ART 212 Intro to Digital Studio
ART 231 Intro to Fibers
ART 243 Intro to Painting
ART 253 Intro to Photography
ART 261 Intro to Sculpture
ART 271 Jewelry & Metalsmithing
ART 281 Basic Ceramics
ART 291 Intro to Print and Narrative Forms
Studio Concentration
(Choose from ART 300+ approved studio courses in consultation with advisor) 12
Required
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
ART 505 BA Project Exhibition 1
ART 509 Art & Design Seminar 3
ART 604 Professional Practices 3
Electives
(Choose courses from Peck School of the Arts or the University) 32

 

Minor - Studio Art

Overview: The minor in Art & Design requires a total of 18 credits, 9 of the final 12 taken must be in residence at UWM. Students must also maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher and work closely with an advisor when selecting courses.

For questions, or to declare a minor/certificate, contact the Peck School of the Arts Advising Office at (414) 229-4763 or psoa-advising@uwm.edu

Minor Core 9 Credits
Required
ART 101 Drawing I 3
Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART 100 American Culture
ART 105 Visiting Artist Lecture Series
ART 106 Survey
ART 124 Design Survey
Minor Track
(Choose from below) 3
ART 108 2D Concepts
ART 109 3D Concepts
ART 118 Digital Arts
Studio Curriculum 9 Credits
Studio Electives
(Choose from below) 3-6
ART 212 Intro to Digital Studio Practice
ART 221 Intro to Design
ART 231 Intro to Fibers
ART 243 Intro to Painting
ART 253 Intro to Photo
ART 261 Intro to Sculpture
ART 271 Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing
ART 277 Design for Digital Fabrication
ART 278 Intro to Industrial Craft
ART 281 Intro to Ceramics
ART 291 Intro to Print & Narrative Forms
Studio Concentration
(Choose from ART 300+ approved studio courses in consultation with advisor) 3-6

 

Careers+Alumni

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Jim Rygiel

BFA, Painting & Drawing | 1977

Oscar-winner Jim Rygiel, a ’77 Painting and Drawing graduate, talks about his work on the upcoming film Ben-Hur and how UWM helped lead him to a career in visual effects.

Careers

Art Museums & Galleries
Administration
Archivist
Conservation/Restoration
Curator
Education
Exhibit Design/Preparation
Exhibiting Artist
Public Relations
Publications
Owner/Director
Registrar
Reproductionist
Research
Sales
Travel/Tour Guides
Visiting Artist

Art Sales
Art Agent/Consultant
Art Dealer
Art Manufacturer Sales
Art Sales
Corporate Curator
Framer

Design & Visual Communication
Digital Photo Editor
Fashion
Graphic Designer
Illustrator
Multimedia Design
Product Design
Packaging
Publication
Web Design

Education
Arts Administration
Art Councils
Art Libraries
Artist-in-Residence
Community Centers
Museums
Public & Private Schools
Public Policy

Media
Art Criticism
Art Journalism

Faculty

Dedicated Painting & Drawing Faculty

profile photoLeslie Vansen(414) 229-6199lvansen@uwm.eduMitchell 423

Area Head, Painting & Drawing

Professor, Painting & Drawing

profile photoShane Walshwalsh3@uwm.eduMitchell 332

Lecturer, First Year Program

Lecturer, Painting & Drawing

Art & Design Faculty & Staff