Art, BA

Being an artist requires fierce commitment to your craft and an exhilarating drive to create. You know the feeling. Artists like you use art to talk to the world, and we are here to help amplify your voice with our art bachelor’s degree. Community artists use art to give a voice to others. And we’re here for that, too.

With specializations in either studio arts or community arts, the Bachelor of Arts in Art is a great fit for you to pursue your passion for art and gain practical skills for a successful career. Through hands-on experience, critical thinking and creative problem-solving, you are free to explore a range of mediums, techniques and approaches to art-making. Whichever track you choose, we surround you with the support you need to unleash your creativity and make a difference in the world through art.

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What it’s like to be a student at Peck School of the Arts

When you study art at the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, you have access to fully equipped studios, a woodshop, state-of-the-art discipline-specific facilities, and project spaces for collaborative work. Inspiring exhibition spaces and a wide array of guest artists combine to serve as endless inspiration to your education. You’ll also work closely with faculty mentors and collaborate with peers in a variety of creative projects, both on campus and in Milwaukee’s vibrant arts community. 

But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself what it is like to be a student here by scheduling a personalized tour and info session.

Program Details

The art bachelor’s degree has two tracks, both offering a range of courses that emphasize critical thinking, creative problem-solving and professional development. In each, we provide opportunities for students to gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to succeed as artists and professionals in the ever-evolving world of art.

Community Arts

The Community Arts track provides you with the professional framework to pursue social engagement, environmental issues, community building and public art. We teach and show you how art can be a tool for enriching community life, affirming cultural identity, and pursuing political and social justice goals through curriculum that combines art and community engagement.

You’ll learn how to use art to bring people together and make a positive impact. Through partnerships with community organizations and coursework with UWM’s Cultures & Communities program, you’ll create your own personal and collaborative community art projects. These projects empower you to make a difference through your art and prepare you for careers in grassroots organizations, nonprofit arts organizations, educational institutions and beyond.

View the Art, BA: Community Arts requirements.

Studio Arts

With our Studio Arts track, you’ll combine studio research with an academic focus through coursework in a single discipline outside of art and design. That approach helps inform your research as an artist. You’ll also round out your degree with courses you choose as studio or academic courses, which could easily be a minor or certificate. In your final two semesters, you’ll develop and execute a self-directed BA Project which is the culmination of your studio and academic research.

View the Art, BA: Studio Arts requirements.

You may also be interested in our Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art, which includes the option to pursue a single or dual studio discipline.

Art & Design Studio Disciplines

Led by expert artist faculty, our Art & Design studio disciplines are content areas that provide focus to your creative research, practice and degree. We offer the following studio disciplines: Ceramics, Creative Technologies, Design, Digital Fabrication, Fibers, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Drawing, Photography & Imaging, Printmaking & Book Arts and Sculpture.

First Year Program

We don’t expect our new students to figure out college life on their own. Our First Year Program is designed to help new students. In addition to specific coursework carefully chosen to foster success, we connect students to the many resources and opportunities found within a research university. Plus, we surround students with individualized support as they dive deeper into their program and find their way.

Scholarships & Aid

UW-Milwaukee and Peck School of the Arts offer a diverse financial aid package for students, including Midwest residence savings, scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities and student loans.

Living Learning Communities

Live in campus housing on the same floor or wing as other students in your major or program. The Peck School of the Arts offers three Living Learning Communities where you can be a part of a “community within a community.” You’ll make friends, form study groups and do social activities together. And, best of all, there is no additional cost to be a part of a Living Learning Community.

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series welcomes a diverse group of nationally and internationally recognized artists working across traditional, hybrid and emergent disciplines. Join us to explore and expand the boundaries of creative visual practices alongside others with an interest in contemporary visual art.

Galleries & Exhibitions

Our art and design programs host many galleries and exhibitions both on campus and throughout the community. Our campus is home to four permanent art galleries, each with its own unique mission. All of them are free, open to the public and accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Milwaukee is also home to dozens of galleries and museums. All students in an Art & Design degree program receive a free annual membership to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). That means you can visit MAM and its events, including the popular MAM After Dark series, free of charge while you are a student.

Internships & Opportunities

Students work and intern professionally with Milwaukee’s leading art museums and galleries, creative agencies, corporations and nonprofits. They also find internships across the country and beyond. Discover where your education can take you. Learn more about internships and opportunities.

Student Organizations & Clubs

Meet like-minded people in a wide variety of student organizations and clubs who inspire creativity and will support your aspirations. Collaborate and create, network with professional artists, and deepen your connection with faculty, mentors and fellow students outside of the classroom.

Study Abroad

We believe that a complete education in the arts should take you beyond the classroom and the local community. By studying abroad, you’ll gain more than a change of scenery. You’ll embark on a transformative educational experience and bring a global perspective to your field of study. Explore upcoming trips offered in partnership with the Center for International Education.

Alumni Stories in Art & Design

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    In the dynamic world of graphic design, Naomi Dable stands as a testament to the power of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. As the proud owner of Naomi Paper Co., Naomi has been named a "Top 10 Designer to Watch" by an industry magazine.
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    "I started out going to school for print design—I wanted to work for a magazine doing layout. Then I realized that digital was going to be the way of things, and then very shortly after that, realized that apps were going to take over web." -Sarah Mick, CCO of Bumble, …

Careers in Art & Design

  • 3D Animator/Modeler
  • Advertising Director
  • Animator
  • App Developer
  • Arts Administration
  • Art Critic/Writer
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Education Teacher
  • Art Gallery Owner
  • Art Historian
  • Art Therapist
  • Artisan Solutionist
  • Artist In Residence
  • Artists’ Agent
  • Augmented Reality
  • Blacksmith
  • Caricature Artist
  • Ceramicist
  • Collage Artist
  • Commercial Artist
  • Community Artist
  • Community Arts Organizer
  • Consultant
  • Costume Designer
  • Creative Arts Officer/Director
  • Creative Services Manager
  • Cultural Relations
  • Curator
  • Design Manager
  • Designer
  • Digital Portrait Artist
  • Director of Education & Community Engagement
  • Display Designer
  • Education Program Coordinator
  • Educator
  • Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fabricator
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Fine Arts Director
  • Floral Designer
  • Font Designer
  • Freelance Artist
  • Furniture Designer/Restorer
  • Game Designer
  • Glass Sculptor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewelry Designer/Maker
  • Lecturer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Makeup Artist
  • Maker
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Metalsmith
  • Mixed Media Artist
  • Motion Graphics Artist
  • Muralist
  • Museum Director
  • Museum Exhibit Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Painter
  • Photo Editor/Retoucher
  • Photographer
  • Photographic Stylist
  • Photographic Technician
  • Printmaker
  • Product Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Program Director/Coordinator
  • Prop Maker
  • Public Artist
  • Public Relations
  • Sculptor
  • Set Designer
  • Sketch Artist
  • Stylist
  • Technical Designer, Apparel
  • Textile Designer
  • Toy Maker
  • University Administration
  • University Faculty
  • User Experience Designer
  • User Interface Designer
  • Video Game Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Visual/Special Effects Artist
  • Web Based Curators
  • Web Designer/Developer

Program Faculty

Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Art & Design faculty and staff please follow the link below.

Jamie Bertsch Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty I, Fibers
Cynthia Brinich-Langlois Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Printmaking & Book Arts
Joel Butler HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, First Year Program
  • Lecturer, Writing & Critical Thinking
  • Shop Technician, Printmaking & Book Arts
Allison Calteux HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Photography & Imaging
James  Charles
  • Teaching Faculty II, Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Kyoung Ae Cho Headshot
  • Professor, Fibers
  • Area Head, Fibers
Coe Douglas Headshot
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communications
Jorge Escobar Headshot
  • Lecturer, Art & Design
  • Lecturer, Art & Design
Robert Grame Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication
  • Co-Area Head, Design & Visual Communication
Adam Hawk Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Digital Fabrication & Design
  • Assistant Professor, Design & Visual Communications
  • Area Head, Digital Fabrication & Design
Cynthia Hayes Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty III, First Year Program
  • Teaching Faculty III, Painting & Drawing
  • Director, First Year Program
  • Co-Coordinator, Hubei University of Technology
Tamara Johnston Headshot
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication
Yevgeniya Kaganovich Headshot
  • Professor, Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Joshua Kosker Headshot
  • Lecturer, Digital Fabrication & Design
Oksana Kryzhanivska HEADSHOT
  • Assistant Professor, Creative Technologies
Okja Kwon Headshot
  • Lecturer, Writing & Critical Thinking
Nicolas Lampert Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Printmaking & Book Arts
  • Teaching Faculty II, Community Arts
  • Teaching Faculty II, Writing & Critical Thinking
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Design & Visual Communication
Greg Martens Headshot
  • Lecturer, Printmaking & Book Arts
Katie Martin-Meurer Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty III, Sculpture
  • Teaching Faculty III, First Year Program
  • Outreach Coordinator, Art & Design
Andrew McConville HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication
Erica Meier Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Digital Fabrication & Design
  • Studio Technician, Safety Coordinator, Jewelry & Metalsmithing
  • Department Technician, Art & Design
Jessica Meuninck-Ganger Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Printmaking & Book Arts
  • Area Head, Printmaking & Book Arts
Barbara  Miner
  • Lecturer, Photography & Imaging
lisa moline headshot
  • Professor, Design & Visual Communication
  • Co-Area Head, Design & Visual Communication
Joseph Mougel Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Photography & Imaging
  • Co-Chair, Department of Art & Design
  • Area Head, Photography & Imaging
Amy O'Neill Headshot
  • Lecturer, Painting & Drawing
  • Lecturer, First Year Program
Alayna Pernell HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Photography & Imaging
Angela Piehl Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Painting & Drawing
  • Area Head, Painting & Drawing
Jeremy Plunkett Headshot
  • Lecturer, Painting & Drawing
  • Lecturer, First Year Program
Lauren  Robertson
  • Teaching Faculty II, Design & Visual Communication
Geryn Roche Headshot
  • Lecturer, Ceramics
  • Lecturer, First Year Program
  • Lab Technician, Ceramics
Mary Roley Headshot
  • Lecturer, Sculpture
  • Lecturer, First Year Program
Angela Ryan HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication
  • Faculty Advisor, AIGA UWM
Nathaniel Stern Headshot
  • Professor, Creative Technologies / Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, UWM Startup Challenge
Nic Umbs Headshot
  • Lecturer, Photography & Imaging
Matthew  Vivirito
  • Teaching Faculty II, Digital Fabrication & Design
Melissa Wagner Lawler Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Printmaking & Book Arts
  • Teaching Faculty II, First Year Program
  • First Year Program & Retention Coordinator, Art & Design
Shane Walsh Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty I, Painting & Drawing
Michael Ware Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Ceramics
Glenn  Williams
  • Associate Professor, Sculpture
  • Co-Chair, Department of Art & Design
  • Area Head, Sculpture
Seraphina Zweifel HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication
Important Dates
Art & Design

Undergraduate Application
December 15 – Priority admission and scholarship deadline.

Graduate Application
December 10 – Priority admission and financial support deadline.
February 1 – Application deadline.

The Department of Art & Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and has been since 2017.

Art & Design
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Graduate Programs
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General Info & Questions
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