About

  • UWM Photography Danielle Dahl

Versatility

In addition to black & white darkroom and digital color photography, students explore a variety of photographic practices, including large format, studio lighting, alternative processes, and digital imaging. Photography’s paradoxical role as both evidence of the real and window into a manipulated world allows for the recontextualization of cultural, ethical, economic, aesthetic, and psychological themes.

Mission

Students address the impact of an image-mediated world through performances for the camera and straight documentation, by connecting formal and aesthetic elements to larger theoretical issues, as they establish an authentic sense of self as artists.

Courses focus on developing technical and conceptual aspects of the medium, while emphasizing the photograph’s potential to engage meaningfully with ideas and society. The area also encourages the exploration and redefinition of the role of photography within a contemporary fine art context, allowing for experimentation with image appropriation, presentation, and installation, as well as the creation of interdisciplinary collaborations among students, faculty, and the community.

Apply Now

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: Photography & Imaging

A successful Portfolio Review is required after completion of the First Year Program, Art 253, Art 350, and a 2.67 GPA in photo coursework.

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 253 Intro to Photography 3
ART 350 Visualizing Ideas in Photography 3
ART 452 Contemporary Issues in Photography 3
ART 552 Studio Practice & Research 3
ART 553 Senior Project 3
ART 604 Senior Seminar 3
ART 605 Senior Show 1
Electives (12 credits total)
(Choose from below) 3-6
ART 357 Studio LIghting & Digital Imaging
ART 358 Medium & Large Format Photography
(Choose from below) 6-9
ART 451 Special Topics
ART 454 Narrative Photography
ART 456 Advanced Digital Photography
ART 458 Photographic Materials & Processes
Studio Electives
(Choose from Art & Design studio courses in consultation with advisor) 24

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 - Photography & Imaging

Overview: The minor in Photography & Imaging 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.

Degree Curriculum 18 Credits
Required
ART 253 Intro to Photography 3
Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART 100 American Culture
ART 106 Survey
ART 124 Design Survey
ART 150 Multicultural America
ART 152 Photography Survey
Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART 108 2D Concepts
ART 118 Digital Arts
Studio Electives
(Choose from below) 9
ART 350 Visualizing Ideas in Photography
ART 357 Studio Lighting & Digital Imaging
ART 358 Medium & Large Format Photography
ART 451 Special Topics
ART 452 Contemporary Issues in Photography
ART 454 Narrative Photography
ART 456 Advanced Digital Photography
ART 458 Photographic Materials & Processes

Careers+Alumni

Profile Picture

Kyle Seis

BFA, Photography | 2014

In his project titled Abstract Truths Kyle explores the relationship between faith and geographic location, the ephemeral nature of presence, and the power of suggestion.

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 photoLindsay LochmanPhotography & Imaging414-412-1468lochman@uwm.eduMitchell B84

Senior Lecturer, Photography & Imaging

profile photoAllen Morrismorrisab@uwm.eduMitchell B84

Associate Lecturer, Photography & Imaging

profile photoJoseph Mougelmougel@uwm.eduMitchell B84

Area Head, Photography & Imaging

Assistant Professor, Photography & Imaging

Art & Design Faculty