Performing and Visual Arts sets 2 new degrees

March 30, 2017
Art Building

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – To help fill the growing demand for graduates who can think creatively and become innovative problem solvers in the 21st century, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts will offer two additional degrees in fall 2017: Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is the standard professional degree for students seeking a career in art or for those wishing to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education is the standard professional degree for students seeking a career in art, teaching or arts administration.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts will educate students in their chosen areas of emphasis, including graphic design, ceramics, painting and drawing, sculpture or cross-disciplinary study. Coursework will consist of studio art, art history and general education courses.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education will provide students with both a professional degree in art and a professional teaching certificate. Coursework will consist of studio art, art history, general education and professional education courses.

Previously, UW-Platteville art students could only earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.

Courses within the new programs will be taught by UW-Platteville’s Gregory Nelson, associate professor of art; Tyler Ostergaard, assistant professor of art; Steve Vance, professor of art; Richard Moninski, distinguished lecturer of art; Daniel O’Brien, lecturer of art; and Carole Spelic, senior lecturer of art.

Nelson said the new degrees are the culmination of several years of work developing a curriculum that offers the greatest opportunities for students.

“We put together what we feel is a strong curriculum that encourages students to grow as artists and prepares them for their lives and careers outside of school,” said Nelson. “The addition of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees is an exciting opportunity for students wishing to pursue a career in art. The degrees offer a concentrated in-depth study within the students’ areas of emphases, providing them with the skills and expertise required to succeed.”

“I’m choosing to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree because I would love to gain as much experience and skill in the fine arts as I can while I’m still here at UW-Platteville,” said Alexandra Waller, a junior fine arts major with an emphasis in graphic design and a minor in Spanish from Potosi, Wisconsin. “There’s still a lot I have to learn yet, and I’m excited for the courses.”

The UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts offers degree programs in visual arts, music, speech and theatre.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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