Digital Fabrication and Design Certificate





You’ve always been a creative, hands-on learner who loves to bring ideas to life. Your knack for technology and your limitless curiosity keep your hands and mind busy. Combine that with our certificate program, and you’ll get to do one of the most wonderful things imaginable: create new and innovative objects. 

Taking everyday materials – metal, silicon, binary code and more – we mold, shape and transform them into objects with vitality, emotion and soul. Sound important? It is. Bold, distinctive and enduring objects make a difference in the lives of the people who use them. By blending traditional hand-crafted artistry with cutting edge technology, our program teaches you to become an artist with the hands of a craftsperson, the mind of an engineer and the imagination of a dreamer.


Program Type

Undergraduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus


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The arts are for everyone

A minor or certificate in the arts provides a well-rounded education. That’s because the arts foster creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They enhance communication and presentation skills, which are valuable in any professional setting. Engaging in the arts also increases empathy and understanding of diverse people and perspectives. Plus, they bring a unique selling point to your resume by demonstrating a versatile skill set.

And let’s be honest: The arts are also a lot of fun, adding stress relief and variety to your college experience.


89%Executives agree that creativity is a top skill

91%Americans agree the arts are vital to education

73%Americans say the arts help them understand others

45Minutes of art making can reduce stress levels




Program Details

When you study digital fabrication and design, you have access to the Digital Craft Research Lab (DCRL), which houses two distinct spaces designed just for you.

The CAD/FAB Lab houses workstations equipped with 3Dconnexion mice, a digitizing arm, Sense handheld 3D scanner, several 3D printers and more. Students have access to a Form 1 SLA printer, ZCorp 402C 3D printer and a vinyl cutter, as well as bending brakes, bench shears and other basic hand tools. The CAM/FAB LAB has a vertical and horizontal metal cutting bandsaw, three Beaumont metal grinders and a manual tool room lathe. You’ll also have access to several numerical controlled machines, including a 4’x8’ CNC router and an Epilog laser cutter, as well as a Tormach PCNC 1100 that is capable of machining aluminum, steel and titanium.

Our certificate program gives you plenty of hands-on experience with these cutting-edge tools and techniques to turn your design ideas into tangible objects. And you’ll do it all with experienced faculty who are dedicated to helping you develop your skills and achieve your goals, whether that means pursuing a career in product design, digital media or any other field that requires creativity and technical expertise.

View the Digital Fabrication & Design, Undergraduate Certificate requirements.

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.

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

  • Alumni Spotlight: A “Top 10” Designer to Watch

    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.
  • How To Design A Dating App That Empowers Women

    "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.


Adam Hawk Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Digital Fabrication & Design
  • Assistant Professor, Design & Visual Communications
  • Area Head, Digital Fabrication & Design
Joshua Kosker Headshot
  • Lecturer, Digital Fabrication & Design
Erica Meier Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty II, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Digital Fabrication & Design
  • Studio Technician, Safety Coordinator, Jewelry & Metalsmithing
  • Department Technician, Art & Design
Matthew  Vivirito
  • Teaching Faculty II, Digital Fabrication & Design





Accreditation

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

Contact
Art & Design
Undergraduate Programs
Katie Martin-Meurer, art-admission@uwm.edu

Graduate Programs
Nicole Ridgway, ridgwayn@uwm.edu

General Info & Questions
Contact Form | 414-229-4763