Studio Art, BFA

Transform your passion for art into a professional career. With our program, you are supported in your creative pursuits as you refine your skills and prepare to make your mark in the art world. And you won’t be alone. We are a strong community of artists.

Artists like you need an arts-intensive college experience that prepares them for a dynamic career. That’s why our program focuses on instilling in every student the practical, hands-on knowledge of materials and fabrication techniques necessary to cross boundaries, invent processes and explore innovative content in studio disciplines such as Ceramics, Creative Technologies, Design, Digital Fabrication, Fibers, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Drawing, Photography & Imaging, Printmaking & Book Arts, and Sculpture.

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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.

Art and Design Living Learning Communities at UWM Arts and Craft Center
Printmaking and Book Arts
Painting and Drawing
Digital Fabrication
Photography and Imaging

Program Details

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art program is a pre-professional degree focusing on studio practice and research, preparing you to become successful studio practitioners and professionals in the arts. From the First Year Program coursework through the senior capstone project, you are encouraged to explore a wide variety of studio practice.

During your sophomore year, you’ll choose between the two BFA Studio Art degree plans: Single Discipline Focus and Dual Discipline Focus.

Single Discipline Focus

The Single Discipline Focus curriculum is for students who wish to develop their studio research in one studio discipline. Single Discipline students can choose from the following studio media for their focus: Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Drawing, Photography & Imaging, Printmaking & Book Arts, or Sculpture.

View the Studio Art, BFA: Single Discipline Focus requirements.

Dual Discipline Focus

The Dual Discipline Focus curriculum is for students who wish to develop their studio research through interdisciplinary explorations. For their primary focus, students can choose coursework in Ceramics, Creative Technologies, Digital Fabrication, Fibers, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Drawing, Photography & Imaging, Printmaking & Book Arts, or Sculpture.

For their secondary focus, students can choose coursework from Ceramics, Creative Technologies, Design, Digital Fabrication, Fibers, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Drawing, Photography & Imaging, Printmaking & Book Arts, or Sculpture.

View the Studio Art, BFA: Dual Discipline Focus 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.

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

  • How alum Sarah McGinnis uses art to promote mental health awareness across the country

    The next time you reach for a tissue, you might see an uplifting message and cheery artwork on the box thanks to PSOA alum, Sarah McGinnis (BFA 2013, Art: Design & Visual Communication). Work by McGinnis is showcased in Target stores nationwide as a featured artist in an ongoing collaboration between …
  • 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.

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
Nicole Ridgway,

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