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  • UWM Design & Visual Communication Resolution

Student Experience

Students build a body of work demonstrating their mastery of tools, media and concepts to effectively communicate ideas to a target audience. The curriculum includes coursework in composition, typography, strategy and design process, design methodologies and research, portfolio development, web and multimedia design, design entrepreneurship and real-world internships in local design firms. Risk-taking, experimentation and productive criticism are central to our program. Our curriculum works as an on-going design laboratory.

Events & Showcases

Resolution
Senior Capstone Showcase. An annual event at which graduating Design & Visual Communication majors exhibit their capstone project and portfolios.

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Wisconsin Portfolio Review
Students from all across Wisconsin can participate in the portfolio review, lectures, and workshops. This is a critical annual event where professionals view our students’ work, talents, and abilities.

UWM Design Entrepreneur Showcase
An annual event at which Graphic Design 2 students exhibit their semester projects. Students exhibit a highly refined prototype, information graphics of their research, personas of their target audience, their company brand, and a dynamic story exhibited in the video screening room.

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Professional Networking

AIGA-Wisconsin, The Professional Association for Design
Each year AIGA student members attend AIGAWI events, workshops, portfolio reviews, professional studio tours and more.

United Adworkers Local 208
United Adworkers is a Milwaukee based organization dedicated to the pursuit of marketing communications excellence. Student have the opportunity to join for free and network with a close knit group made up of advertising practitioners, designers, directors, photographers, production professionals, and all other professionals and students interested in the fine art of propaganda.

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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: Design & Visual Communication

In order to proceed with Degree Curriculum, a successful Portfolio Review is required after completion of First Year Program courses as well as Art 124, 221, and 223 with a B- or better by the end of the Spring semester when the Portfolio Review is held. Qualifying students will be notified of specific requirements and timelines at the beginning of each Spring semester. For more information students should consult their academic advisor.

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
(Portfolio Review)
ART 124 Design Survey 3
ART 221 Intro to Design (*credit from Art & Design core) *
ART 223 Intro to Typography 3
ART 321 Graphic Design I 3
ART 323 Typography II 3
ART 324 Web Design I 3
ART 325 Web Design II or ART 424 Topics in Web Interaction & Screen Design 3
ART 421 Graphic Design II 3
ART 422 Design Methodologies 3
ART 529 Graphic Design III 3
ART 606 BFA Exhibition in Design 1
Electives
(Choose from below) 6
ART 423 Experimental Typography
ART 424 Topics in Web Interaction & Screen Design
ART 426 Motion Graphics
ART 427 Advanced Design Workshop
ART 524 Professional Practice in Design
ART 528 Print Production & Presentation Techniques
Studio Electives
(Choose from Art & Design class listings in consultation with advisor) 21

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Design Studies

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
Studio Concentration
(Choose from below) 9
ART 322 Illustration
ART 324 Web Design I
ART 325 Web Design II
ART 424 Topics in Web Interaction & Screen Design
ART 427 Advanced Design Workshop
ART 528 Print Production & Presentation Techniques
ART 608 Art & Design Internship
Required
ART 221 Intro to Design 3
ART 223 Intro to Typography 3
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
ART 427 BA Project Supervision 1
ART 505 BA Project Exhibition 1
ART 509 Art & Design Seminar 3
ART 524 Professional Practice in Design 3
ART 604 Professional Practices 3
Electives
(Choose courses from Peck School of the Arts or the University) 31

Minor - Design

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

Degree Curriculum 18 Credits
Required
ART 108 2D Concepts 3
ART 118 Digital Arts 3
ART 221 Intro to Design 3
ART 223 Intro to Typography 3
Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART 106 Survey
ART 124 Design Survey
Studio Concentration
(Choose from ART 300+ approved studio courses in consultation with advisor) 3

Careers+Alumni

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Sarah Mick

BFA, Design & Visual Communication | 2010

"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, Formerly VP of Design at Tinder

Careers in Art & Design

3D Animator/Modeler
Advertising Director
Animator
App Developer
Arts Administration
Art Critic/Writer
Art Dealer
Art Director
Art Education Teacher (K-12)
Art Gallery Owner
Art Historian
Art Therapist
Artisan Solutionist
Artist In Residence
Artists’ Agent
Augmented Reality
Blacksmith
Caricature Artist
Ceramisist
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
Make-Up 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

Faculty

Dedicated Design & Visual Communication Faculty

profile photoKim Beckmannkbeckman@uwm.eduArt 430B

Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoAdream Blairblaira@uwm.eduArt 430B

Co-Area Head, Design & Visual Communication

Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication

Associate Professor, Digital Fabrication & Design

profile photoAmy Deckerdeckera@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoMax Estesmaxestes@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoRobert Grame(414) 229-4258grame@uwm.eduArt 449

Associate Dean, Peck School of the Arts

Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoAdam Hawkhawk@uwm.eduArt 403B

Lecturer, Design & Visual Communications

profile photoLisa Molinelmoline@uwm.eduArt 417

Co-Area Head, Design & Visual Communication

Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoJake Stroehjstroeh@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication

Art & Design Faculty & Staff