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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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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 – Digital Studio Practice Concentration

BA – Studio Concentration

Minor – Studio


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Wyatt Tinder

BFA, Digitial Studio Practice | 2016

Digital Studio Practice alum Wyatt Tinder combined his 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


Faculty: Digital Studio Practice

profile photoEmily Berensscheide5@uwm.edu

Lecturer, First Year Program

Lecturer, Digital Studio Practice

profile photoChad Bridgewaterctb@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Digital Fabrication & Design

profile photoNathaniel Sternsternn@uwm.eduLEC 204

Professor, Art & Design / Mechanical Engineering

Director, UWM Startup Challenge

profile photoChristopher Willeywilley@uwm.eduArt 316

Area Head, Digital Studio Practice

Lecturer, First Year Program

Lecturer, Digital Studio Practice

Department Faculty & Staff