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Art & Design First Year Program

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Welcome to the Art and Design First Year Program. The First Year Program is a time of growth and awareness, both intellectually and artistically. In addition to their coursework, students gain awareness of the rich resources and opportunities that the research university setting offers. The program provides a framework and support as new students consider their areas of concentration.

The First Year Program helps students develop and expand their creativity, critical thinking, community engagement, technical skills and awareness of historical and contemporary practice, preparing them for their chosen area of study in Art and Design.

All First Year Program studio courses meet five hours per week for intensive hands-on work, one-on-one instruction and critiques in small studio communities of 16-24 students. Outside studio homework and research will also be a part of the experience. Coursework is project-based. Assignments and demonstrations are designed to give all students specific skill sets and awareness.

Our instructors are active professionals in their fields. They help to guide new Art and Design students in developing the language used to see, talk about, write about and create art and design. Their mentorship of students begins in the first year, but continues throughout the student’s time at Peck School of the Arts and beyond graduation. First Year Program instructors and staff are also available to help students gain additional creative experiences, individualized guidance and mentoring about university and community resources, internships and other pre-professional opportunities through the Art and Design First Year office as well as through programming and instructor office hours.

Declared Art and Design Majors and Minors in the First Year Program receive priority registration for Art & Design courses. Students enter their chosen area of study after completing 27 credits with at least a 2.5 grade point average. The 27 credits include 15 First Year Program credits plus 12 academic credits (this includes the university Math and English requirements).

For further information:
Josie Osborne, Director of First Year Program
414.229.4200, Main Art Office
First Year Program Office is in Art Building, Rm 316
osbornem@uwm.edu

First Year Program Events & Opportunities

In addition to many events and opportunities taking place on and off campus, exhibitions, Artist Now! visiting artist presentations and workshops, the First Year Program in Art and Design provides a series of events to specifically help new Art and Design students become more familiar with major options, faculty, facilities, local and regional resources, and opportunities. This includes:

  • New Student Welcome Event, First Friday of Fall Semester, 11am in Art Center Lecture Hall
  • Art-a-thon - one day hands-on workshop event to meet faculty and other students, learn new skills, eat pizza and win fabulous prizes:
    2nd Friday in October
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Mitchell Hall 323
  • Pre-Registration for Spring Art Classes Mid-Fall Semester
  • Art and Design Studio Tours for First Year Program and Transfer Students
    Second Wed/Thurs in November
    12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Meet in Mainstage Theatre Lobby
  • Advising Event in Mid February (coincides with Sophomore Scholarship)
  • Art & Design First Year Program Exhibition
    Late Spring Semester (early April) in the Union Art Gallery
  • Chicago Art Trip for All First Year Students – Last Friday in April
  • FYP Outstanding Student Scholarships
    First Year Students (students currently enrolled in First Year Program courses-whether transfer or new students) may be nominated by instructors for First Year Outstanding Student Scholarship for excelling in the First Year Program courses and showing leadership.

Required First Year Courses

The First Year Art & Design courses consist of 15 credits/5 courses designed to support one another conceptually and technically.

In the spring semester of their first year a student may register for a 200 level studio course, provided that they have completed or are registered for the pre-requisite concurrently.

The remaining 12 credits in the first year are taken outside in academic subjects of the student’s choice but also including the University’s English and math requirements.

Once a student has fulfilled all of the requirements outlined above, they may officially declare a major within the Art and Design degree.

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


15cr.
200 Level Art and Design Studio Course

3 cr.

In their spring semester students may choose a 200 Level Intro Studio Course of their choice (with pre-requisite satisfied).

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

The remaining 12 credits are selected in other academic subjects. Once a student has fulfilled all of the requirements outlined above, they may officially declare an area of concentration within the Art and Design degree.

Advanced Placement Portfolio and International Baccalaureate Diploma Credits in Art and design

Students who have successfully completed high school level art Advance Placement  or International Baccalaureate Diploma program may qualify for college level credits.

Advanced Placement Portfolio  -- AP Art Students who receive a final score of 3 or higher qualify for 3 credits of art and design elective credits toward their degree. If a student earned a 4 or 5 on their AP Art Portfolio they may make an appointment with the Director of First Year Program to have an in-person portfolio review (actual work and digital images of Breadth portfolio) for consideration of First Year Program course substitution. It is recommended that this portfolio review take place at least two weeks prior to the start of Fall semester classes.

International Baccalaureate  (IB) Diploma Program -- Incoming students who have completed IB certificates in Art/Visual and earned a score of 4 or above on higher level examinations will receive 3 art and design elective credits towards their degree. Those students who have earned a confirmed score of 6 or 7 may make an appointment with the Director of the First Year Program in Art and Design for a portfolio review to determine whether the IB credits will count toward a specific First Year Program course substitution. It is recommended that this portfolio review take place at least two weeks prior to the start of Fall semester classes.

Art & Design First Year Program Course Descriptions

Click here for first year program course descriptions.