• 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

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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Explore – Specific degree information can be found in the UWM Academic Catalog along with credits, courses, admission and program requirements.

Connect – After reviewing, please contact our Advising & Student Services Office to start planning your degree path today!

BFA – Design & Visual Communication Concentration

BA – Design Studies Concentration

Minor – Design


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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
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
Caricature Artist
Collage Artist
Commercial Artist
Community Artist
Community Arts Organizer
Costume Designer
Creative Arts Officer/Director
Creative Services Manager
Cultural Relations
Design Manager
Digital Portrait Artist
Director Of Education & Community Engagement
Display Designer
Education Program Coordinator
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Exhibit Designer
Fashion Designer
Fine Artist
Fine Arts Director
Floral Designer
Font Designer
Freelance Artist
Furniture Designer/Restorer
Game Designer
Glass Sculptor
Graphic Designer
Graphic Artist
Industrial Designer
Interactive Designer
Interior Designer
Jewelry Designer/Maker
Lighting Designer
Make-Up Artist
Marketing & Sales
Mixed Media Artist
Motion Graphics Artist
Museum Director
Museum Exhibit Designer
Packaging Designer
Photo Editor/Retoucher
Photographic Stylist
Photographic Technician
Product Designer
Production Artist
Program Director/Coordinator
Prop Maker
Public Artist
Public Relations
Set Designer
Sketch Artist
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: Design & Visual Communication

profile photoKim Beckmannkbeckman@uwm.eduArt 430B

Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoAmy Deckerdeckera@uwm.eduArt 430A

Senior Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication

Internship Supervisor, Design & Visual Communication

AIGA UWM Faculty Advisor

profile photoCoe Douglascdgls@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Design & Visual Communications

profile photoMax Estesmaxestes@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoRobert Grame(414) 229-4258grame@uwm.eduArt 291

Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication

Associate Dean, Peck School of the Arts

profile photoAdam Hawkhawk@uwm.eduArt 430B

Assistant Professor, Design & Visual Communications

Assistant Professor, Digital Fabrication & Design

profile photoTamara Johnstonjohnstot@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoWes Larsenlarsenw@uwm.edu

Visiting Assistant Professor, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoLisa Molinelmoline@uwm.eduArt 417

Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication

Co-Area Head, Design & Visual Communication

profile photoJake Stroehjstroeh@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication

Department Faculty & Staff