The Art Department, in furthering the mission of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, emphasizes the department's responsibility to enhance student learning by providing students with both the disciplinary knowledge and general education proficiencies and skills that prepare all students for degree programs and life-long learning. We believe that mastering the basics of visual communication is an important aspect of a student's education. New technologies require the ability to integrate words and images for a variety of applications in multi-media venues. Many ideas can only be conveyed through images this creates new applications for art and design in every field of knowledge from anthropology to zoology. In addition, the department provides students with an understanding of aesthetic cultural diversity through the study of the history of art which contributes to responsible citizenship. Art Department members, as professional artists and educators, provide invaluable outreach to their communities in numerous ways: as gallery directors, jurors of art competitions, lecturers on contemporary issues in art and art history, instructors/guides for our study abroad programs and through participation in professional and community organizations, to name a few. Collectively the Art Department helps expand the public understanding of art, art history and art education as part of a broader relationship between the university and the communities it serves.
About the Art Department
The Art Department prepares students for achievement in their university studies by offering a sound general education art curriculum for their first two academic years. This is evident by the successful transfer of art majors and minors to baccalaureate institutions. Students wishing to pursue a degree in art or design complete the foundation program - an array of pre-requisite studio and art history courses; ART 101/102 (Drawing Sequence), ART 111 (2-D Design), ART 112 (3-D Design), ART 216 (Digital Design), ART 181 & 183 (Art History Survey Sequence), and ART 175 (Multicultural Art Appreciation, ES designation). These courses prepare students who are pursuing a minor or major in fine or applied art such as; the BFA degree in studio art; graphic design; interior design; web-based design; art education; industrial design; photography/film; landscape architecture, to name a few. Moreover, the Art Department provides advanced level studio courses, such as; ceramics; sculpture; painting; printmaking; photography; and life drawing which fulfill specific studio requirements for those students pursuing a B.F.A. degree. The work completed in our studio courses will be an important component for transfer and as such, will be documented through the student's compilation of a transfer portfolio.
The Art Department curriculum also satisfies the AP, FA, ES and IS requirements for the Associate's Art Degree (AAS), providing a solid liberal arts foundation that has long been accepted as a route to success at the baccalaureate level. Our art history survey and appreciation courses provide students with an opportunity to connect with and experience the enduring and enriching products of human culture. The art studio courses provide students in the general education program with a rare opportunity to learn the process of creative problem solving - developing their solutions through stages of brainstorming, analysis, synthesis, material planning and construction, all the way to the presentation of unique, tangible expressions of their own ideas. By developing students' ability to launch their imaginations through the exploration of concepts, we set the stage for the creation of inventive objects and images. Our courses encourage the student to view the world differently, to make new queries into numerous and diverse systems of knowledge and to manifest the integration of this knowledge and experience in a visual expression that can be shared and discussed with others. The development of the student's ability to think critically and solve problems creatively is a valuable and essential asset which translates to any field of study and future career.