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Student Experience

Students take courses in image-based, interactive and electronic media, and choose a secondary focus in order to combine these techniques with another of Art & Design’s areas: Ceramics, Fibers, Design & Visual Communication, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Print & Narrative Forms or Sculpture. It is our belief that digital technologies are now essential to all arts practices.

We also believe it is more important to be of value than it is to be “new.” The most essential innovation of our curriculum is that of the secondary focus, where students learn to combine various concepts, materials and media, new and old. Want to be an interactive artist? You should understand the history of design, participatory art and installation. Kinetic sculptor? Learn to work with wood and clay. Wearable artist? Fibers and metals. And digital image makers should work with painting, printmaking or photography. We teach students that media art has always moved alongside and within all contemporary arts practices and trajectories.

Professional Training

Our program trains professional artists who wish to be a part of the contemporary visual arts community, exhibiting material and digital artwork that engages in cultural practices in museums and galleries, and furthers the field at large. In addition to careers as full-time artists, graduating seniors have gone on to work as commercial or experimental designers, museum technicians, exhibition coordinators or artistic directors. Many hone their practice further through MFA and PhD programs.

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Degrees

Curriculum listed below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program. Any future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by May 15. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Studio Art: Digital Studio Practice

A successful Portfolio Review is required after completion of the First Year Program, ART 212, and 200-level studio requirements in order to proceed with Degree Curriculum.

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)  
English Parts A & B 0
Math Parts A & B 0
Foreign Language 0
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities – Art History 101 & 102 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity 0
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

 

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 212 Intro to Digital Studio Practice 3
ART 312 Video and Audio Strategies 3
ART 604 Senior Seminar 3
ART 605 Senior Show 1
ART 612 Senior Project 3
Core Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART 315 Participatory Art & Social Practice
ART 316 Interactive & Multimedia Art
Electives
(Choose from below)  12
ART 314 Digital Painting
ART 315 Participatory Art & Social Practice (if not previously taken)
ART 316 Interactive & Multimedia Art (if not previously taken)
ART 318 Electronics & Sculpture
ART 324 Web Design
ART 327 Digital Media Workshop
ART 357 Studio and Digital Imaging
ART 378 Industrial Processes
ART 393 Digital Printmaking
ART 405 Product Realization
ART 412 (411) Advanced Digital Art
ART 418 Advanced Electronics & Sculpture
ART 426 Motion Graphics
ART 456 Digital Imaging in Photography
ART 478 Ditial Fabrication & Craft
Studio Electives
(Choose from Art & Design studio courses in consultation with advisor) 18
Cross Disciplinary Studio Electives
(Choose from Art & Design studio courses in consultation with advisor; 6cr from 300+ level) 9

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Studio Art

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 0
Math Parts A & B 0
Foreign Language 0
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities – Art History 101 & 102 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity 0
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

 

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
English Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
Math Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
Introductory Studios
(Choose from below) 6
ART 201 Drawing II
ART 212 Intro to Digital Studio
ART 231 Intro to Fibers
ART 243 Intro to Painting
ART 253 Intro to Photography
ART 261 Intro to Sculpture
ART 271 Jewelry & Metalsmithing
ART 281 Basic Ceramics
ART 291 Intro to Print and Narrative Forms
Studio Concentration
(Choose from ART 300+ approved studio courses in consultation with advisor) 12
Required
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
ART 505 BA Project Exhibition 1
ART 509 Art & Design Seminar 3
ART 604 Professional Practices 3
Electives
(Choose courses from Peck School of the Arts or the University) 32

 

Minor - Studio Art

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.

Minor Core 9 Credits
Required
ART 101 Drawing I 3
Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART 100 American Culture
ART 105 Visiting Artist Lecture Series
ART 106 Survey
ART 124 Design Survey
Minor Track
(Choose from below) 3
ART 108 2D Concepts
ART 109 3D Concepts
ART 118 Digital Arts
Studio Curriculum 9 Credits
Studio Electives
(Choose from below) 3-6
ART 212 Intro to Digital Studio Practice
ART 221 Intro to Design
ART 231 Intro to Fibers
ART 243 Intro to Painting
ART 253 Intro to Photo
ART 261 Intro to Sculpture
ART 271 Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing
ART 277 Design for Digital Fabrication
ART 278 Intro to Industrial Craft
ART 281 Intro to Ceramics
ART 291 Intro to Print & Narrative Forms
Studio Concentration
(Choose from ART 300+ approved studio courses in consultation with advisor) 3-6

 

Careers+Alumni

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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

Art Museums & Galleries
Administration
Archivist
Conservation/Restoration
Curator
Education
Exhibit Design/Preparation
Exhibiting Artist
Public Relations
Publications
Owner/Director
Registrar
Reproductionist
Research
Sales
Travel/Tour Guides
Visiting Artist

Art Sales
Art Agent/Consultant
Art Dealer
Art Manufacturer Sales
Art Sales
Corporate Curator
Framer

Design & Visual Communication
Digital Photo Editor
Fashion
Graphic Designer
Illustrator
Multimedia Design
Product Design
Packaging
Publication
Web Design

Education
Arts Administration
Art Councils
Art Libraries
Artist-in-Residence
Community Centers
Museums
Public & Private Schools
Public Policy

Media
Art Criticism
Art Journalism

Faculty

profile photoEmily Berensscheide5@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, First Year Program

Associate Lecturer, Digital Studio Practice

profile photoMichael Bernardbernardm@uwm.eduArt 358

Area Head, Jewelry & Metalsmithing

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

profile photoChad Bridgewaterctb@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Digital Fabrication & Design

profile photoPete Prodoehlprodoeh5@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Digital Studio Practice

profile photoNathaniel Sternsternn@uwm.edu

Area Head, Digital Studio Practice

Associate Professor, Digital Studio Practice

Co-Founder, UWM Student Startup Challenge

Affiliated Faculty, International Studies and Engineering

profile photoChristopher Willeywilley@uwm.eduArt 316

Lecturer, First Year Program

Lecturer, Digital Studio Practice

Art & Design Faculty