The Bachelor of Arts degree offers students a studio art experience to complement a broad exposure to the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. Bachelor of Arts (Art) students have two course tracks to choose from: Studio Arts and Community Arts.

The Community Arts track is geared towards students interested in social engagement, environmental issues, community building, public art, and placemaking. Community Arts courses highlight art practices that integrate collaborative processes, social cooperation and service-learning experiences. They will be prepared to work as artists in grassroots organizations, community institutions, non-profit arts organizations, and educational institutions.

Students in the Community Arts track augment their studio research by completing the Cultures and Communities Certificate. As their capstone work, Community Arts BA students develop and execute a self-directed BA Project which is the culmination of their Community Arts research.

The courses required and recommended for this track are listed on the "Requirements" tab. The “Plan of Study” tab suggests course sequencing across all four years so students can meet the degree requirements.

Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (Art) degree requires a total of 120 credits for graduation distributed as follows:

University Core45
First Year Program15
BA Degree Requirements9
Major Requirements51
Total Credits120

University Core

The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Arts is 120; the minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts is 123. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, and foreign language may need additional credits.

General Education Requirements 1
Compentencies 1
English Parts A & B 2
Math Parts A & B 2
Foreign Language 2
Distribution Requirements 1
ARTHIST 101Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture (counts as Humanities GER)3
ARTHIST 102Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture (counts as Humanities GER)3
Social Science6
Natural Science (1 course with lab)6
Cultural Diversity 2
Electives
General Electives outside PSOA9
Art & Design History
ART 509Art & Design Seminar:3
Select one of the following:3
Design Survey
Photography Survey
Advanced Art History Course 3
Select 3 areas in PSOA outside Art & Design 49
Art in PSOA
ART 309Issues in Contemporary Art:3
Total Credits45

First Year Program

2.5 cumulative GPA required:
ART 101Drawing I3
ART 106Art Survey: Creative Practice, Culture and Context3
ART 1082D Studio: Concept, Color and Composition3
ART 1093D Studio: Form, Idea and Technique3
ART 118Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice3
Total Credits15

Degree Requirements

BA Capstone
ART 501Studio Research, Practice, and Portfolio3
ART 505BA Project3
ART 604Professional Practices3
Total Credits9

Major Requirements

Students in the Community Arts track are required to complete the 15-credit Cultures and Communities certificate program. Those credits can be counted as part of the University Core or as BA Directed Electives as desired in consultation with advising.  

Introductory Studios
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Drawing II
Creative Technologies
Moving Images and Sound in Art & Design
Introduction to Design
Introduction to Typography
Introduction to Fibers
Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Design for Digital Fabrication
Introduction to Industrial Craft
Introduction to Ceramics
Introduction to Print and Narrative Forms (subtitle)
Introduction to Art Education
Community Arts Core
ART 306Introduction to Community Art 13
ART 406Community Arts II3
ART 309Issues in Contemporary Art:3
or ART 509 Art & Design Seminar:
Studio Focus
Students must select 2 studio courses (6 credits) at the 300-level or above. Be aware of prerequisites, and choose Introductory Studios with prerequisite requirements in mind. 6
Directed Electives
Select 27 credits from Peck School of the Arts or the University 227
Total Credits51

Sophomore Proficiency Review (between 30-60 earned credits)

All sophomores are required to participate in the Sophomore Scholarship Competition. The review is designed to serve as an advisement opportunity to provide students direction as to how they might proceed through the program. Upon completing the review, students will plan their coursework within their studio pathway.

Plan of Study

Recommended Four-Year Sequence in Community Arts

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
(Includes OWC-A and QL-A Requirements) Students must be aware of the prerequisites for the 200-level course they wish to take in the second semester of the First Year and enroll in the appropriate First Year Program courses in fall.  
ART 101 Drawing I 3
ART 106 Art Survey: Creative Practice, Culture and Context 3
ART 108 2D Studio: Concept, Color and Composition 3
University Core 1 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Spring
ART 109 3D Studio: Form, Idea and Technique 3
ART 118 Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice 3
Directed Elective 2 3
University Core 1 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
Students are reminded that admission to the Art & Design Program requires completion of the 36-credit Art-Intended requirements and that all First Year Program courses must be completed in the first 45 credits (usually in fall semester of sophomore year).  
200-level studio in Art 3
200-level studio in Art 3
ARTHIST 101 Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture 3 3
150 Multicultural America (any discipline) 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Spring
Sophomore Proficiency Review: All sophomores are required to participate in the Sophomore Scholarship Competition. Students will be assigned a minimum of two faculty members to meet with to review their submitted artwork. The review is designed to give students critical feedback over their artwork and to serve as an advisement opportunity to provide students direction as to how they might proceed through the program. Upon completing the review, students may declare their focus.  
ART 306 Introduction to Community Art 3
ARTHIST 102 Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture 3 3
Directed Elective 2 3
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art: 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Year 3
Fall
300-level and above Studio Concentration 3
Art & Design History Choice 4 3
Directed Elective 2 3
Directed Elective 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Spring
300-level and above Studio Concentration 3
ART 309
Issues in Contemporary Art:
or Art & Design Seminar:
3
ART 406 Community Arts II 3
Directed Elective 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
300-level and above Studio Concentration 3
Directed Elective 2 3
Directed Elective 2 3
Directed Elective 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Spring
ART 501 Studio Research, Practice, and Portfolio 3
ART 505 BA Project 3
ART 604 Professional Practices 3
University Core 1 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Art & Design Undergraduate Admission Requirements

To be admitted in good standing, applicants (incoming freshmen and transfer students) must meet general University requirements. After being admitted to UWM and indicating Art as your chosen major, no further steps are required for acceptance into the Department of Art & Design.

Art & Design Undergraduate Incoming and Transfer Student Scholarship Portfolio Submissions

Applicants to the Art & Design program (including Art Education) are strongly encouraged to submit a portfolio of artworks and additional supporting materials, as described below, for review by the Art & Design Scholarship Committee:

  1. Art & Design Incoming Portfolio Scholarship Application Form. Complete the online form here.
  2. Portfolio of artworks. Provide 8 – 10 examples of artwork from the past two years. If including drawings, we recommend at least three from observation (not from photographs). Identify each image by media, size, and year of completion in a separate document. JPEG files at 2000 px max preferred. 
  3. As a part of the online application you will provide a personal statement that relates to your interest in Art & Design and how your work at Peck School of the Arts will help you achieve your career goals.

Art & Design awards Incoming Scholarships based on this incoming portfolio. Admitted students interested in applying for scholarship aid should do so by December 15 for priority consideration. Portfolios will be accepted after this date but may not be considered for scholarships.

General information: art-admission@uwm.edu; https://uwm.edu/arts/art-and-design/.

Advancement to Major

Students accepted into the Art & Design program receive priority registration over non-art majors. To advance to the Art & Design major, students must complete the requirements outlined below:

  1. Complete First Year Program courses (15 credits; see course list below)
  2. Oral and Written Communications Competency Part A (OWC-A)
  3. Quantitative Literacy Competency Part A (QL-A)
  4. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  5. Students pursuing the Design and Visual Communication BFA have additional requirements: complete ART 124ART 221, and ART 223 with a B- or better; and pass the Design and Visual Communication Portfolio review.
  6. Students should complete the above to advance to major within the first 45 credits.
ART 101Drawing I3
ART 106Art Survey: Creative Practice, Culture and Context3
ART 1082D Studio: Concept, Color and Composition3
ART 1093D Studio: Form, Idea and Technique3
ART 118Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice3
Total Credits15

Appeal Process

An appeal process is established for students who do not meet the department's criteria for classification, GPA, and area of concentration enrollment management requirements. The appeal process will provide an opportunity for individual students to request advancement to the art major or enrollment into courses as exceptions to the department's enrollment policies based on defined, pre-determined conditions. All appeals are to be directed to the Undergraduate Advisor or PSOA advisor, who will forward the appeals to the department chair or appropriate appeals committee. The department chair or appeals committee will consult with the First Year Program Director, area head, faculty, advisors, and student if necessary before making a decision.

Advising

Location: Theatre 120
Reception Hours: 9AM-4PM Monday through Friday
(closed on university holidays)
Contact: (414) 229-4763

Academic advising is an important aspect of long-term academic success. At the Peck School of the Arts, we offer professional academic advising in the following undergraduate disciplines: art, dance, film, music, and theatre.

Advisors provide students with individualized advising to assist them in areas such as: degree requirements, major options, course selection, campus resources, college success strategies, graduation assessment, academic policies and procedures, etc. 

For more information on Peck School of the Arts advising, please visit http://uwm.edu/arts/advising/.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a GPA of 3.500 or greater in the major and the academic department's recommendation.

High Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or greater and the academic department's recommendation.

Departmental Honors are granted to students recommended by their academic department for Honors excellence in performance not reflected in the GPA.

Dean's Honors are granted to students with major achievements in one or more of the arts.

Honors in the Peck School of the Arts

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.