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Our students get to do one of the most wonderful things imaginable, create new and innovative objects. Taking everyday materials, such as metal, silicon, binary code, we mold, shape, and transforming them into living Objects with vitality, emotion and soul. We believe in the power of these living Objects to help tell a story. Bold, distinctive and enduring stories that make a difference in the lives of the people who use them.


Through partnership with UWM’s Departments of Architecture, Engineering, and Health Sciences, our students collaborate with a diverse and curious group of creative minds. Off campus, our students activity participate in exhibitions and projects within the Milwaukee Maker community such as Maker Fest and Maker Faire. On an international level, students have become involved with Engineers Without Borders to create solar rechargeable reading lamps for children in Guatemala, as well as frequent collaborators with e-NABLE to develop 3D-printed experimental prosthetic devices.

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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 Arts (BA) - Digital Fabrication & Design

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 *
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
ART 277 Design for Digital Fabrication 3
ART 278 Intro to Industrial Craft 3
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
ART 378 Industrial Processes & Fabrication 3
ART478 3D Digital Fabrication & Craft 3
ART 505 BA Project Exhibition 1
ART 509 Art & Design Seminar 3
ART 526 Research in Universal Design & Fabrication 3
ART 578 Reserach in Digital Fabrication 3
ART 604 Professional Practices 3
(Choose courses from Peck School of the Arts or the University) 32

Certificate - Digital Fabrication & Design

Overview: The certificate in Digital Fabrication & 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
ART 277 Design for Digital Fabrication 3
ART 278 Intro to Industrial Craft 3
ART 378 Industrial Processes & Fabrication 3
ART 478 3D Digital Fabrication & Craft 3
ART 526 Research in Universal Design & Fabrication 3
ART 578 Research in Digital Fabrication 3


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Rebecca Yoshikane

BFA, Digital Fabrication & Design | 2016

Digital Fabrication & Design alum Rebecca Yoshikane combined her artistic ambition and engineering sensibilities to place among nine winners of the UWM Student Startup Challenge.

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


Dedicated Digital Fabrication & Design Faculty

profile photoMichael Bernardbernardm@uwm.eduArt 358

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Digital Fabrication & Design, First Year Program

profile photoAdream Blairblaira@uwm.eduArt 430B

Co-Area Head, Design & Visual Communication

Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication

Associate Professor, Digital Fabrication & Design

profile photoChad Bridgewaterctb@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Digital Fabrication & Design

profile photoGlenn Williams(414) 229-6862williagw@uwm.eduArt B31

Area Head, Digital Studio Practice

Area Head, Sculpture

Associate Professor, Sculpture

Art & Design Faculty & Staff