Our program emphasizes a conceptual fine art practice through the production of darkroom, digital, and hybrid work. Courses integrate socially situated projects with an understanding of both contemporary and historical visual culture by developing a vocabulary for effective communication within the photographic medium.

Requirements

University Core45
First Year Program15
Art & Design Core15
BFA Degree Requirements28
Area of Concentration27
Total Credits130

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 130. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry 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
Advanced ARTHIST course6
Select 3 arts areas outside Art and Design9
Select 3 credits in an arts area3
Select 9 credits outside Peck School of the Arts9
Total Credits45

First Year Program

2.5 cumulative GPA required:
ART 101Drawing I3
ART 106Art Survey3
ART 1082D Concepts3
ART 1093D Concepts3
ART 118Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice3
Total Credits15

Art & Design Core

200 Level Studio Electives 1
Select 3-6 credits of the following:3-6
Drawing II 2
Color Studio
Introduction to Digital Studio: A/V Strategies 3
Introduction to Design 4
Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
Introduction to Typography
Dynamic Typography
Design Workshop:
Fiber Workshop:
Introduction to Painting
Painting and Drawing Workshop:
Introduction to Photography 5
Sculpture Workshop:
Design for Digital Fabrication
Jewelry and Metalsmithing Workshop:
Ceramics Workshop:
Introduction to Print and Narrative Forms
Printmaking Workshop:
Select 3-6 credits of the following:3-6
Introduction to Fibers
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Introduction to Ceramics
Critical Thinking
ART 309Issues in Contemporary Art:3
ART 509Art & Design Seminar:3
Total Credits15

Degree Requirements

Art & Design Electives
Select 24 credits (15 credits must be 300-level and above studio courses)24
Senior Capstone
ART 604Professional Practices3
ART 605BFA Exhibition1
Total Credits28

Photography and Imaging Concentration

Students in Photography and Imaging (PI) are required to have a laptop computer for their coursework by the first week of class, beginning with ART 350 and ART 357 and for all subsequent 400 and 500 level courses in Photography and Imaging. Students are recommended to have a computer for ART 253. Visit uwm.edu/arts/apply/laptop/ for more information.

Students who major in Photography and Imaging are required to have access to cameras. Please contact the Art & Design Department Photography and Imaging Area office at 414-229-3874 for an updated list of courses and the required camera equipment.

After admission into Photography and Imaging, students must:

  1. complete 1-2 of the following 2 courses (3-6 credits): ART 357 and/or ART 358;
  2. complete ART 452 with a grade of B- or better, in addition to completing 2-3 of the following 4 courses (6-9 credits): ART 451ART 454ART 456, and/or ART 458;
  3. complete all 18 credits of the required 300 and 400 level PI courses with a cumulative 2.67 GPA in PI curriculum to enroll in ART 552;
  4. complete ART 552 with a grade of B- or better to enroll in ART 553; and
  5. complete ART 553.

Required Courses

Photography Introductory
ART 253Introduction to Photography3
Photography Required
Required Core Sequence
ART 350Intermediate Color Photography and Digital Imaging3
ART 452Contemporary Issues in Photography3
Required Intermediate Courses 1
Select one or both of the following:3-6
Intermediate Studio Lighting
Intermediate Darkroom Photography
Required Advanced Courses 1
Select two or three of the following:6-9
Special Topics in Photography: (subtitle)
Narrative Photography
Advanced Photography & Imaging:
Photographic Materials and Processes
Photography Capstone
ART 552Studio Practice and Research in Photography3
ART 553Senior Project in Photography3
Total Credits27

Art BFA – Sample Curriculum in Photography and Imaging

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 3
ART 108 2D Concepts 3
University Core 1 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Spring
ART 118 Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice 3
ART 109 3D Concepts 3
ART 253 Introduction to Photography 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). Portfolio Review for students in Photography and Imaging is held in both the fall and spring semesters. Students must complete ART 253 and ART 350 to be eligible. Portfolio review guidelines are available from the area.  
ART 350 Intermediate Color Photography and Digital Imaging 3
Select one of the following: 3
Intermediate Darkroom Photography  
200-level Studio in Art
 
Select one of the following 200-level Studios in Art: 3
Introduction to Digital Studio: A/V Strategies  
Introduction to Design  
Introduction to Print and Narrative Forms  
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art: 3
ARTHIST 101 Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits18
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Intermediate Studio Lighting  
200-level Studio in Art
 
ART 452 Contemporary Issues in Photography 3
Art & Design Elective 3
Art & Design Elective 3
ARTHIST 102 Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits18
Year 3
Fall
Select two of the following: 6
Intermediate Darkroom Photography  
Narrative Photography  
Advanced Photography & Imaging:  
Art & Design Elective 3
Art & Design Elective 3
Advanced Art History choice 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits18
Spring
Students are reminded that enrollment into ART 552 requires acceptance into the Photography and Imaging program, completion of the 18-credit PI core requirements with a cumulative GPA of 2.67, and a B- or better in both ART 350 and ART 452.  
Select two of the following: 6
Intermediate Studio Lighting  
Special Topics in Photography: (subtitle)  
Photographic Materials and Processes  
ART 509 Art & Design Seminar: (subtitle) 3
Advanced Art History choice 2 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
Students are reminded that enrollment into Art 553 requires the completion of Art 552 with a B- or better.  
ART 604 Professional Practices 3
ART 552 Studio Practice and Research in Photography 3
Art & Design Elective 3
Art & Design Elective 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits15
Spring
ART 605 BFA Exhibition 1
ART 553 Senior Project in Photography (Capstone) 3
Art & Design Elective 3
Art & Design Elective 3
University Core 1 3
University Core 1 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits130

Admission

To be admitted into Photography and Imaging, students must pass the PI Portfolio Review. To be eligible for consideration, students must complete ART 253 and ART 350 with a B- or better, a cumulative GPA of 2.67 for all PI courses taken, and admission to Art & Design.

Grading Requirements

Prior to consideration for admission in the Photography and Imaging program, students must receive a B- or better in ART 350, with a cumulative 2.67 GPA in all PI courses. Subsequent to admission in the PI program, students must receive a letter grade of B- or better in ART 452 and ART 552. Should they fail to do so, students must retake the course and receive a B- or better in order to continue in the program. Any student receiving a second grade of less than B- in any area-required courses would need to formally reapply to the PI program or be dropped from the program. Additionally, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.67 within all PI courses taken.

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 Survey3
ART 1082D Concepts3
ART 1093D Concepts3
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.