Arts, Design, & Innovation Pathway

Are you interested in the creative process? Do you want to revolutionize or invent new ways of seeing and interacting with the world? Do you enjoy creative problem solving, design and having creative control of your work? Majors in the Arts, Design, & Innovation pathway study and make art and design projects that explore and meet the challenges facing us in the 21st century.  This field of study is a great fit for students who like to think, create, and make.

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Majors in this pathway typically lead to careers in traditional arts settings; architecture; social and multi-media; entertainment; and in the expression of ideas and information for government, business, and other organizations.


View the potential majors that branch from the Art, Design, & Innovation Pathway.

Math Requirement

Math Literacy Pathway: Math 92/102, 103, 105, or 111; Philosophy 111.

Exception: The Architectural Studies major requires the Math STEM Pathway: Math 94, 98/108, 105, 115, 116, 117, 231 or 213.


First Semester Sample Curriculum

Work with your advisor to make necessary adjustments to best fit your interests, goals, and placement levels.  New freshmen will enroll in courses as part of New Student Orientation programming.  You’ll find more information on UWM’s General Education Requirements — courses required by all Bachelor’s Degrees — in the Academic Catalog.

Total 12-18
Course Credits Notes
OWC-A: English 100, 101 or 102 3-4 Course level determined by placement. Grade of C or better required.
QL-A: Math 94, 103, or 105 0-3 Course level determined by placement. Grade of C or better required.
Ed Psy 110: Planning Your Major/Career 3
GER course in the Arts (A), such as Architecture 100 or Art 150. 3
Course to fulfil GER Language requirement or GER Distribution course 3

Important Milestones

  • Complete 15 credits each semester to stay on track to graduate in 4 years.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA
  • See your advisor by the mid-point of each semester to discuss your progress and begin planning for second semester
  • Visit Career Communities and Services to begin developing a career plan with the support of a Career Advisor.