Creative Technologies Studio Discipline
Centered on the study and use of digital technologies in direct relation to traditional visual art, our students combine interactive and electronic media with a secondary studio discipline (such as Ceramics, Fibers, Design etc.) to create new forms of art.
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 studio 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.
We train 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, our students 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.
We believe that a solid foundation in technical expertise, coupled with your unique artistic vision, will pave the way for success in your creative endeavors. Our equipment room provides you with the tools necessary to bring your ideas to life.
First Year Program
We don’t expect our new students to figure out college life on their own. Our First Year Program is designed to help new students. In addition to specific coursework carefully chosen to foster success, we connect students to the many resources and opportunities found within a research university. Plus, we surround students with individualized support as they dive deeper into their program and find their way.
Galleries & Exhibitions
Our art and design programs host many galleries and exhibitions both on campus and throughout the community. Our campus is home to four permanent art galleries, each with its own unique mission. All of them are free, open to the public and accessible for everyone to enjoy.
Milwaukee is also home to dozens of galleries and museums. All students in an Art & Design degree program receive a free annual membership to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). That means you can visit MAM and its events, including the popular MAM After Dark series, free of charge while you are a student.
Art & Design Programs
Art & Design studio disciplines are connected to a variety of academic programs, including majors, minors, certificates and graduate programs. This is a full list of all programs offered by the Department of Art & Design.
Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Art & Design faculty and staff please follow the link below.