The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art program is a pre-professional degree focusing on studio practice and research, preparing students to become successful studio practitioners and professionals in the arts. From the First Year Program coursework through the Senior Capstone Project, students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of studio practice. During their sophomore year, students choose between the two BFA Studio Art degree plans: Single Discipline Focus and Dual Discipline Focus.

The Single Discipline Focus curriculum is for students who wish to develop their studio research in one studio discipline. Single Discipline students can choose from the following studio media for their focus: Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Drawing, Photography & Imaging, Printmaking & Book Arts, or Sculpture.

Students are encouraged to use electives to explore all the media offered within the Department of Art and Design to create a well-informed conceptual, formal and technical studio practice. Disciplinary areas for electives include Ceramics, Creative Technologies, Design, Digital Fabrication, Fibers, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Drawing, Photography & Imaging, Printmaking & Book Arts, and Sculpture.

Requirements

University Core45
First Year Program15
Art & Design Core12
Degree Requirements51
Total Credits123

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
1

Learn more about the General Education Requirements.

2

Credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas.

3

Any Art History course above ARTHIST 102

4

In 3 different Art areas: Dance, Film, Music, Theatre

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

Art & Design Core

200 Level Studio Electives 1
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Drawing II 2
Creative Technologies 4
Moving Images and Sound in Art & Design 4
Introduction to Design 2, 4
Introduction to Typography 2, 4
Introduction to Fibers 3
Introduction to Painting 2
Introduction to Photography 2, 4
Introduction to Sculpture 3
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing 3
Design for Digital Fabrication 2, 3, 4
Introduction to Industrial Craft 2, 3, 4
Introduction to Ceramics 3
Introduction to Print and Narrative Forms 2, 4
Total Credits12
1

Complete 12 credits total, with 3 credits in a 2D-focused course, 3 credits in a 3D-focused course, and 3 credits in a Digitally-focused course.

2

Counts as 2D-focused course.

3

Counts as 3D-focused course.

4

Counts as Digital-focused class.

Degree Requirements

Studio Concentration: Choose Option 1 or Option 2

 Option 1: Single Discipline Focus1

Primary Focus18
Minimum of 18 credits taken at the 300+ level in Art and Design from one of the listed disciplines. (See the studio discipline list for Single Discipline media options.) 2
Art and Design Electives24
Any course offered in Art and Design at the 200+ level. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken at the 300+ level.
Total Credits42
1

Note: If a listed discipline does not offer enough courses to fulfill the 18 credit hour requirement for a single discipline focus then the student must choose Option 2. 

2

The following courses may not count towards the student's Primary Focus (18 credits): ART 309, ART 501, ART 509, ART 601, and ART 604. A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester.

Single Discipline Focus Studio Disciplines
  • Jewelry/Metalsmithing
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Photography/Imaging
  • Printmaking/Book Arts
  • Sculpture 

Option 2: Dual-Discipline Focus

Primary Focus12
Minimum of 12 credits taken at the 300+ level in Art and Design from one of the listed disciplines. (See the studio discipline list for Dual-Discipline primary focus media options.) 1
Secondary Focus9
Minimum of 9 credits taken at the 300+ level in Art and Design from one of the listed disciplines. (See the studio discipline list for Dual-Discipline secondary focus media options.) 1
Art and Design Electives21
Any course offered in Art and Design at the 200+ level. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken at the 300+ level.
Total Credits42
1

The following courses may not count towards the student's Primary or Secondary Foci in the Dual Focus option (18 credits): ART 309, ART 501, ART 509, ART 601, and ART 604. A full list of eligible courses will be available each semester.

Dual Discipline Focus (Primary) Studio Disciplines 
  • Ceramics
  • Creative Technologies
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Fibers
  • Jewelry/Metalsmithing
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Photography/Imaging
  • Printmaking/Book Arts
  • Sculpture 
Dual Discipline Focus (Secondary) Studio Disciplines 
  • Ceramics
  • Creative Technologies
  • Design
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Fibers
  • Jewelry/Metalsmithing
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Photography/Imaging
  • Printmaking/Book Arts
  • Sculpture

Senior Capstone

ART 501Studio Research, Practice, and Portfolio3
ART 601BFA Project and Exhibition3
ART 604Professional Practices3
Total Credits9

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.

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.