Change Makers

Arts and Social Entrepreneurship means using your skills as an artist to help find sustainable solutions to our biggest social challenges – in education, the environment, or community health — among others. It means understanding the latest in business-based, non-profit structures; the latest in audience and community engagement; and the latest in community teaching methods. It means becoming part of a generation of artists who are leaders in their communities as they strive to make meaningful social change.

Artists in all fields can be catalysts for community change and invaluable team members for community-based organizations or partnerships of organizations in collective action. This certificate prepares students with arts training in all disciplines (film, creative writing, visual art, theatre, music and dance) for careers in community and civic leadership at non-profits or governmental agencies.

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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!

Certificate - Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

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

Students must be in good standing at the university and in their own department to complete the certificate. Maximum of 6 transfer credits can be applied.

Degree Curriculum 18 CREDITS
THEATRE 320 Arts & Social Entrepreneurship 3
Home Department Capstone
(non-arts students select Capstone with participating faculty)
Peck School of the Arts Multicultural Courses
(Choose from below) 3
ART 150 Multicultural America
FILM 150 Multicultural America
THEATRE 150 Multicultural America
Educational Policy Courses
(Choose from below) 3
ED POL 111 Comm. Engage. & Comm. Change
ED POL 612 Community Participation & Power
Approved Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART ED 227 Intro to Art Education
ART 306 Intro to Community Arts
DANCE 420 Creating Dance in the Community
FILM 301/319 Radical Film
FILM 380/420 Documentary Project
FILM 460 Ethnographic Film
MUSIC 310 World Music
THEATRE 120 Performance & Popular Culture
THEATRE 204 Theatre & Social Change
THEATRE 260 Storytelling
THEATRE 360 Service Learning in Theatre
THEATRE 448 How to be a Teaching Artist
BUS ADM 292 Intro Entrep. & Small Bus. Formation
BUS ADM 360 Principles of Marketing
BUS ADM 393 Bus. Ethics & Social Responsibility
BUS ADM 447 Entrepreneurship
BUS ADM 492 Business Models of New Ventures
ED POL 409 Community Partnerships
ENGLISH 233 Intro to Creative Writing
ENGLISH 234 Writing Fiction: Structure & Technique
ENGLISH 235 Writing Poetry: Forms, Styles, Voices
ENGLISH 236 Introductory Topics in Creative Writing
PH 101 Introduction to Public Health
PH 303 Climate Change, Envrion. & Human Health
URBPLAN 140 Issues in Cont. Urban Planning
URBPLAN 141 Urb. Plan. Solutions to Urban Problems
URBPLAN 315 Great Cities of the World: Their Growth & Guided Urbanization
URBPLAN 316 Planning for the Great Cities of America
URBPLAN 350 Social Justice, Urban Planning & the New Multicultural America


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 within the Arts & Social Entrepreneurship Certificate program are comprised of select Peck School of the Arts faculty & staff dependent upon your chosen focus of study. For a list of all Peck School of the Arts faculty please follow the link below.

Faculty & Staff Directory

Dedicated Arts & Social Entrepreneurship Faculty

profile photoAnne Bastingbasting@uwm.eduTheatre 242

Professor, Theatre

Professor, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoRaoul Deal(414) 229-1154rgdeal@uwm.eduHolton G24

Senior Lecturer, Community Arts

Senior Lecturer, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoDani Kuepperdkuepper@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

Senior Lecturer, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoRobin Mellormello@uwm.eduTheatre 220

Area Head, BA Theatre

Associate Professor, Storytelling & Theatre History

Associate Professor, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship