University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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Art & Design BA


BA Degree Requirements
BA Degree Curriculum
BA Course Descriptions
BA Degree Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art offers students a concentrated studio art experience as a complement to a broad exposure to the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. Bachelor of Arts (Studio Arts) students choose between a focus in two-dimensional or three-dimensional studios after completing a core of study in the First Year Programs of studio art practice.

For further information:
Allison B. Cooke, Art & Design Advisor
414-229-6755
abcooke@uwm.edu
Mitchell Hall 323


BA Requirements

Students must complete 120 credits:

Requirements Credits
First Year Program 18
University Core Curriculum
45
Art Studios
21
Art History
12*
General Electives
30
Total
120cr

*6 credits of advanced Art History are included in the University Core Curriculum.

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BA Curriculum

During the freshman year students will satisfy the First Year Program course requirements and begin to satisfy the university core curriculum requirements. During the sophomore year, students will choose between the two- or three-dimensional course requirements. After the completion of a group of 2D or 3D course requirements, students will choose between a 2D or 3D concentration which will allow either breadth in several areas, or depth in one area.

During the junior academic year students will satisfy the requirements of either the 2D concentration or 3D concentration, selecting available studio courses from the department’s eight studio area submajors to fulfill either concentration.

Following are the curricular requirements:
Freshman First Year Program: 18 credits
2D studio (100-200 level): 3 credits
3D studio (100-200 level): 3 credits
Introductory (100-200) level 2D and 3D studio courses: 6 credits

Students select one 3-credit course from the following introductory (100-200) level 2D group and one 3-credit course from the following introductory (100-200) level 3D group.

2D Group

Course Title Credits
Art 241
Intermediate Drawing
3
Art 243
Introduction to Painting
3
Art 251
Introduction to Photography
3
Art 292
Printmaking: Lithography I
3
or    
Art 294
Printmaking: Intaglio I
3
or    
Art 296
Printmaking: Screenprinting I
3


3D Group

Course Title Credits
Art 231
Fibers Introductory
3
Art 261
Sculpture I
3
Art 271
Jewelry & Metalsmithing I
3
Art 281
Basic Ceramics
3



2D or 3D Concentration: 12 Credits

After completion of the introductory (100-200) level 2D and 3D courses, students choose between the following concentrations which allow either breadth in several areas, or depth in one area.

2D Concentration

Course Title Credits
  additional intro 2D studios
3
  300-400 level 2D studios
6
  open studio elective
3



3D Concentration

Course Title Credits
  additional intro 3D studios
3
  300-400 level 3D studios
6
  open studio elective
3


Critical Thinking (3 Credits)

Choose 3 cr. from the following list:

2D concentration

Course Title Credits
Art 309
Issues in Contemporary Art
3
Art 509
Visual Art Seminar
6
FineArt 353
Digital Media Seminar
3
FineArt 553
Advanced Digital Media Seminar
3


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BA Course Descriptions

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BA Opportunities

Exhibitions

Students have several opportunities to exihibit each year. These include the UWM/ Gallery Paradiso Collaborative Series and the annual Scholarship/Fellowship show.

Study Abroad

Peru Today (168-297 &497 U/G) is a six-credit course introducing students to the complex facets of Peru’s culture and society. The course examines the culture through its art, architecture and an introduction to the ethnic groups that make up Peruvian society. During the course students travel to three geographically distinct regions of Peru: Lima,the capital city located in the coastal desert, Cusco, the Andean center of pre-Columbian Inca civilization and the Tambopata nature reserve in the Amazon basin. The content of the class is delivered through on-site lectures and study in museums, archeological sites, visits to artists’ studios and through study in the natural environment of the Amazon rainforest. Students are required to do pre-departure readings and to construct a defined travel journal based on their individual research interests.

Guest Artists

Each year guest artists participate in lecture series, critiques and residencies in the department.

Scholarship

Every year, the Department offers approximately two dozen scholarships to undergraduate students at every level.

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