Digital Fabrication Studio Discipline
Our curriculum is devoted to a simple goal: to move the art and technology of Craft forward by building on the past. By blending traditional hand crafted artistry with cutting edge technology, our students become artists with the hands of a craftsman, the mind of an engineer, and the imagination of a dreamer.
Our students get to do one of the most wonderful things imaginable: create new and innovative objects. Taking everyday materials, such as metal, silicon, binary code, we mold, shape, and transforming them into living objects with vitality, emotion and soul. We believe in the power of these living objects to help tell a story. Bold, distinctive and enduring stories that make a difference in the lives of the people who use them.
Through partnership with UWM’s departments of Architecture, Engineering, and Health Sciences, our students collaborate with a diverse and curious group of creative minds. Off campus, our students activity participate in exhibitions and projects within the Milwaukee Maker community such as Maker Fest and Maker Faire. On an international level, students have become involved with Engineers Without Borders to create solar rechargeable reading lamps for children in Guatemala, as well as frequent collaborators with e-NABLE to develop 3D-printed experimental prosthetic devices.
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.