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Design Studio Discipline

Design courses offer students autonomy and agency in the face of an ever-changing cultural landscape. The study of graphic design, design methodologies, modes of production, and design histories, provides our students with the skillsets required to actively participate in visual culture, commerce, and communication.

Students build a body of work demonstrating their mastery of tools, media and concepts to effectively communicate ideas to a target audience. The curriculum includes coursework in composition, typography, strategy and design process, design methodologies and research, portfolio development, web and multimedia design, design entrepreneurship and real-world internships in local design firms. Risk-taking, experimentation and productive criticism are central to our program. Our curriculum works as an on-going design laboratory.

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.

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UWM Art and Design MFA Program
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Arts Integration and Learning Certificate
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Community Arts Certificate
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Design Minor
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Digital Fabrication and Design Certificate
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Photography Minor
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Studio Art Minor
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Faculty

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.


Coe Douglas Headshot
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communications
Max Estes HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Art & Design
Robert Grame Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Design & Visual Communication
  • Co-Area Head, Design & Visual Communication
Adam Hawk Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Digital Fabrication & Design
  • Assistant Professor, Design & Visual Communications
  • Area Head, Digital Fabrication & Design
Tamara Johnston Headshot
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication
Wes Larsen HEADSHOT
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Design & Visual Communication
Andrew McConville HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication
lisa moline headshot
  • Professor, Design & Visual Communication
  • Co-Area Head, Design & Visual Communication
Lauren Robertson
  • Teaching Faculty II, Design & Visual Communication
Angela Ryan HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication
  • Faculty Advisor, AIGA UWM
Seraphina Zweifel HEADSHOT
  • Lecturer, Design & Visual Communication