College of Arts and Communication

Art and Design

Bachelor's Degree Programs (BFA)

From canvas to the web, arts abound at UW-Whitewater.

Pursue your passion for the arts — and a creative, fulfilling career. We offer high-quality degree programs specializing in graphic design, multimedia arts, education, art history and, of course, the studio arts medium that interests you most.

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Why study Art and Design at UW-Whitewater?

Here are a few highlights of our high-quality, engaging Art and Design program:

  • You will have many opportunities to interact with faculty and visiting artists as well as working professionals.
  • Enjoy three campus galleries and plenty of chances to see student work — and exhibit your own.
  • Our studio model means large blocks of time dedicated toward honing your art.
  • Our program is practical: You’ll learn not only technical aspects of producing art in a studio and across disciplines, but also about high-tech components of art production.
  • We are proud to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design — a mark of exceptional quality and commitment to maintaining the highest standards in Art and Design collegiate education.

What our Art and Design students do

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Exhibit their creative work

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Hone their artistic skills in on-campus studios

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Have the opportunity to work with nationally- and internationally-renowned artists

Campus opportunities and hands-on experiences

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Shows and exhibits
Students participate in various shows and exhibits throughout their time at UW-Whitewater, including junior and senior reviews and the annual juried student show.

Schuh Visiting Artists Program
A highlight of our Art and Design offerings, this program brings a premier visual artist to campus. Students interact with this special guest through attending lectures and participating in workshops.

Internships
Many art students, especially those with a graphic design major emphasis, choose to participate in a field internship that can take them to galleries, centers, schools, advertising agencies and other related organizations.

Travel study and study abroad
Art and Design students, specifically art history majors, can benefit from an international experience. UW-Whitewater students have the option to take a short-term travel study or spend a semester abroad.

Student arts organizations
Join an art-related club (or start your own):

  • AIGA – Graphic Design
  • ALLOY – Metalsmithing
  • BFA Mentorship Organization
  • Ceramics Club
  • Print Farm – Printmaking
  • Sculpture Club
  • Student Art Educator's Organization

Our facilities

UW-Whitewater is home to some of the most impressive art facilities in the state, including a multi-million dollar print studio and one of only three sculpture foundries in Wisconsin universities.

We have fully equipped studios for:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Metalsmithing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Crossman Gallery in Greenhill Center of the Arts

Crossman Gallery serves not just as a place for the public to view and enjoy regional, national and international exhibits of all kinds, but the venue also serves as a learning lab for students. For example, art history majors frequently visit to learn about curation of artwork. Learn more about Crossman Gallery.

What our graduates do

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Museum directors and curators

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Arts educators

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Illustrators and graphic artists

Art and Design: Career success

Here are just a few roles our Art and Design students have accepted since graduation:

  • Designer
  • Graphic artist
  • Illustrator
  • Curator
  • Director of arts organizations
  • Marketing professionals in arts organizations
  • Museum director
  • Art manager
  • Public art manager
  • Exhibition design and production
  • Studio artist
  • Arts administrator
  • Arts educator
  • Bench jeweler
  • Studio technician

Many art and design majors also pursue MFA (Master of Fine Arts) programs after graduation.

Our Art and Design faculty

UW-Whitewater’s Art and Design faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized artists from across the disciplines.

Meet all of our Art and Design faculty »

Want to learn more about earning an Art and Design degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater? Contact us »

UW-Whitewater offers the following Art and Design degree options below. Studio Art choices are Ceramics, Drawing, Metals and Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture.

Minors:

Licensure:

  • Major in Art with Teaching Certification

In addition to UW-Whitewater’s general education requirements, Art and Design students require a set of core courses that vary depending upon major or emphasis.

To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your interest in Art and Design.

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Events

To view all upcoming events in the Crossman Gallery, click here.

Camps & Clinics

Fine Art Camp
Saturday, June 26 - Friday, July 1, 2022
Click here for more information and registration

This is a 6 day, overnight opportunity for high-school aged student artists to immerse themselves in a college-level, Visual Arts experience.  Campers will be required to choose one 3D workshop AND one 2D workshop to participate in.  The studio disciplines offering workshops for this summer are: Ceramics (3D), Sculpture (3D), Drawing (2D) and Painting (2D).  *Please see individual workshop titles & description listings below.

Each studio discipline will hold a 4-hour session of instruction per day with 8 hours of daily instruction, our student participants will have approximately 40 hours of college level instruction by the end of camp.  A closing reception/art exhibition will be held on Friday afternoon from 4-5 pm, as a final showcase for the artists' and their parents/guardians.

The Art & Design Department at UW-Whitewater is one of a few UW System programs that are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Being an accredited Art program means that the curriculum and teaching faculty meet or exceeds the required standards set forth by this external accrediting body, and requires the program to stay compliant through periodic reviews.

The camp instructors are all current full-time faculty members of the Department of Art and Design at UW Whitewater.

  • 3D - Ceramics Workshop in CA 1037 by Associate Professor Jared Janovec
  • 3D - Sculpture Workshop in CA 1036 by Academic Staff Professor Teresa Lind
  • 2D - Drawing Workshop in CA 2055 & CA 2059 by Associate Professor A. Bill Miller
  • 2D - Painting Workshop in CA 2057 & CA 2058 by Associate Professor Gregory Porcaro

This camp is available to students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2021, including graduating seniors.

The enrollment in the camp is limited to 36 campers  in order to maximize opportunities for individualized attention.  Each topic is limited to 18 campers for safety. 

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