Organizations & Clubs

Peck School students are active artists, collaborators, and innovators! Meet like-minded people who inspire creativity and will support your aspirations. Collaborate and create, network with professional artists, and develop close mentor relationships with faculty outside of the classroom. It’s a wonderfully diverse arts community and school, get involved today!

Art & Design
American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA)
We are a group of students that are all united by one thing: our love for design. We use the group as a way to exchange ideas and information while gaining experience and getting some really cool benefits! Students in AIGA will discover a unique vantage point on the profession and a door to job prospects… and you get to meet professionals in the field! Being a member of AIGA and attending events at the local, state, and national level provides resources designed to stimulate thinking about design, demonstrate value of design to businesses, and empower designers for success.

Bake Sale (Painting & Drawing)
We explore critical dialogue within small group critiques between painters and topics surrounding the practice while responding to painting in its present context. We are also actively engaged with Milwaukee’s artist community through curatorial opportunities and attending upcoming exhibitions.

Ceramics Arts Student Association (C.A.S.A.)
We sponsor visiting artists and lecturers, and foster community outreach programs for the visual arts.

Focused on technology and art–you don’t have to be an arts major to join!

Focus (Photography)
We exist to expand students’ experience beyond a classroom setting, to provide opportunities, to gain recognition, and to expand professional practice in the field of photography.

Game Design & Development
Game Design & Development is a student organization dedicated to exploring the field of computer game development. It is a multi-disciplinary organization consisting of members from various backgrounds including art, music, and computer science. We do a variety activities focused around all aspects of game design. These activities are self-contained, so people can jump in at any time and don’t require any previous experience.

Object (Metals)
We bring visiting artists to campus for lectures and demos, hold an annual jewelry sale, and have fun.

Print Club
Our club is dedicated to promoting awareness of and love for all forms of printmaking. We take field trips to local (and not-so-local) printshops, create discussions about work, made both by our members and by our member’s idols, host guest speakers, demonstrators and artists in residence and partake in bonding fun-tivities that cultivate friendships, collaborations and connections within our membership’s body. We are, simply stated, a bunch of pals that love to make prints!

Sculpture Club
We are committed to the appreciation, creation, and education concerning all art in three dimensional form. Whether it glass, bronze, clay, wood, metal, digital fabrication performance, or a whole myriad of other medium, Sculpture Club wants to help facilitate and foster the creative within all who are interested.

Tactile (Fibers)
Fiber Art is anything and everything! Its the pencil you are using its the paper you are drawing on, its the table and chair you are using. It’s much more than clothing or weaving but those are cool too. It’s anything you can imagine out of anything you want to use, so it is likely the most interdisciplinary art you can be involved in. In fibers there are no rules.

Hype Dance
HYPE is the oldest urban dance company in Milwaukee, with chapters at both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Their mission is to elevate the art of urban dance culture and continually inspire communities through education and performance.

Film, Video, Animation and New Genres

Animation Club
Born out of the desire for educational enrichment through animated storytelling. Several of the members are self-taught in their preferred art styles, and each style is completely unique. The club has a bunch of activities, everything from chatting with guest speakers, to discussing the ins and outs of the professional world, to shooting short films and getting out in the community!

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival
A student run festival put on with the aim of showcasing unique and interesting works, both local and international.

Production Club
We want to help build a professional working environment for film students through social interaction and collaboration on and off set. We aim to familiarize students with professional practice through helping them produce their own work and be part of larger, local film productions in Milwaukee. Production Club at UWM hosts demos onsoftware, camera and lighting workshops, guest speakers, and creates our own short films!

Professional Cinema Society
A community of open minded, motivated people sharing and crafting their creative visions. The perfect opportunity to network with others in your field. We meet EVERY Sunday in Mitchell B91!

Queens of Scot Stop Motion Club
Focused on giving students the opportunity to have a hands-on, stop motion animation experience in a collaborative environment. We also build sets, construct puppets, and create many other pre-production elements. Our goal is to create short form animated videos and promotional works that can be used to build a student’s resume, demo reel, and animation skills.

Reel Women
A film community established to create a safe space for all genders to begin a dialogue about the disparities and inequalities within the film industry and what can be done to facilitate change. It seeks to educate, empower and support marginalized student filmmakers before entering the film industry so they have the tools and the confidence to thrive.


American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
The American Choral Directors Association is the national, professional organization for all elementary, middle school, high school, college and church choir directors. The student chapter members receive national, regional and state publications and information on conferences and symposia. UWM students attend monthly meetings and the state conference each January.

Collegiate Chapter of National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME)
The National Association for Music Education prepares students for changes, advancements and improvements in the field of music education. Members share ideas, discover new teaching techniques, develop leadership skills and expand a network of personal and professional contacts through campus activities, and state and national conferences. Anyone is eligible if they are pursuing a music education degree or any other music degree with an interest in teaching.

Milwaukee Composer’s Collective (MCC) 
MCC is an organization of student composers whose main initiative is to organize a concert each semester that provides Music Composition & Technology students with the opportunity to premiere new works. As a member of MCC, students acquire valuable experience, like learning how to connect professionally with performers, and essential concert organization skills. MCC helps composers make connections outside of the academic community, leading to new collaborations, and larger projects. Milwaukee Composers’ Collective hopes to foster an environment of creativity, discussion, and positive feedback to help our composers and community grow.

Milwaukee Horns
We curiously explore the study of the horn, create camaraderie amongst horn players on and off campus, and through performance and classes, promote awareness of horn repertoire in the Milwaukee area and beyond.

Percussion @ UWM 
Percussion @ UWM seeks to create connections with the percussion community on campus as well as in the greater Milwaukee area and beyond. We create these connections through performances on and off campus as well as hosting clinics and events with individuals who have made a career through percussion. There, of course, will always be time to have fun and create and welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

Student Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS)
SNATS encourages the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.

Students of NATS members have access to one of the organization’s most widely recognized activities: Student Auditions. They also have the opportunity, along with members, to compete at a national level through the National Association of Teachers of Singing:

  • Artist  Awards (NATSAA)
  • National Music Theater Competition (NMTC)
  • National Student Auditions competition

The UWM Chapter holds regular meetings and fund raisers while promoting the UWM Opera program and other vocal area activities.

UWM Classical Guitar
Since 2005, UWM’s classical guitar student organization has worked to expose students to leading performers. Each year the group arranges three shows, inviting some of the world’s best touring performers to UWM. The shows each have a theme, such as chamber music and or performances by female guitarists.

After each show, the visiting performer gives a master class – a chance for students to play and receive a half-hour lesson.

The student organization has made the student experience a priority in other ways. Each year the organization applies for a grant with the UWM Student Association to send four students to a guitar festival. These festivals are an opportunity to network with other students who are pursuing careers as performers.


Black & Gold Committee
Established to give students a greater voice in the decision-making process on campus, representatives from each Department in the Peck School of the Arts participate in monthly meetings with the Dean to carry out a student set agenda that addresses issues affecting the school. The committee is an important venue for students and the administration to work together on equal footing to help shape an exciting environment for learning and research at the Peck School of the Arts.