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Art & Design First Year Program


Students entering the Department of Art & Design program receive a Pre Art classification. Pre Art students receive priority registration in Art & Design courses. Pre Art classification changes to Art (for BFA studio majors), Art BA, or Pre Art Ed after the student completes 30 credits with at least a 2.5 grade point average. The 30 credits include 18 First Year Program credits plus 12 academic credits. Students must also meet the university English and Math requirements.

The courses First Year Program students take in their first two semesters include: Basic Drawing I and II, 2-D Concepts, 3-D Concepts, Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice, and Art Survey 106, a lecture course. These core classes will prepare students for an intensive college-level study of the visual arts.

All First Year Program studio courses meet for five hours per week of intensive hands-on work, one-on-one instruction and critiques in small studio communities of 16-24 students. First Year studio coursework is project-based. Students respond to assignments which are designed to highlight specific concepts and skills.

Our instructors guide beginning students toward an understanding of the language used to see, to talk about, and to create art and design. The First Year Program is a time of growth, both intellectually and artistically, as students begin to choose their areas of concentration and see themselves as visual artists.

For further information:
Josie Osborne, Director of First Year Program
414.229.4200, Main Art Office
osbornem@uwm.edu

Required First Year Courses

Students must complete the following Required First Year Art & Design courses (18 credits). It is recommended that you register early and consult your advisor regularly.

The remaining 12 credits in the first year are taken outside in academic subjects, including the English and math requirements.

Once you have fulfilled all of the requirements outlined above, you may officially declare a major within the Art degree. Students must complete the Art & Design First Year Program/pre-art requirements before enrolling in 200 level introductory courses.

First Year Program (18 Credits)
   
Course Title Credits
Art 101
Basic Drawing I
3
Art 102
Basic Drawing II
3
Art 118
Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice
3
Art 106
Art Survey
3
Art 108
2D Concepts
3
Art 109
3D Concepts
3


18cr. Total

After final grades are available at the end of the Spring semester, you will receive a letter from the Peck School of the Arts Advising Office describing your progress in the Art & Design First Year Program.

The remaining 12 credits must be in academic subjects, including the English and math requirements. Once you have fulfilled all of the requirements outlined above, you may officially declare an area of concentration within the Art degree. Students must complete the pre-art forundations requirements before enrolling in 200 level introductory courses.

Art & Design First Year Program Course Descriptions

Click here for first year program course descriptions.

First Year Program Events & Opportunities


Art-a-thon- a one day hands-on workshop event to meet faculty and other students
2nd Friday in October
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mitchell Hall 323

Pre-Registration for Spring Art Classes
Mid-Fall Semester

Studio Tours
Mid February
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Mainstage Theatre Lobby

Art & Design First Year Program Exhibition
Late Spring Semester in the Union Art Gallery

First Year Scholarships
Outstanding Student Achievement Awards are presented at the First Year Exhibition Opening Reception; recipients are nominated by instructors based on artwork and performance in the Art & Design classes.