Section: Performing and Visual Arts

Areas of Study

The terms arts, discipline, and art form refer to music, theatre, and the visual arts, and recognize that each of these encompasses a variety of forms and subdisciplines. When we speak of the arts, it means these arts disciplines taken together or, most inclusively, the totality of all the activities in the arts.

Student Painting in Art Building

Visual Arts

The visual arts program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is dedicated to developing creative and critical thinking skills to prepare students for careers in art in a fast-paced, global culture. We achieve that end through high quality instruction with a curriculum that emphasizes visual art creation, art theory, art criticism, art education, and art history. More info...



UW-Platteville’s music program serves the student body and the region as a cultural resource by providing general courses for all students, and specialized courses leading to those occupations requiring musical expertise. Recognizing that cultural-aesthetic enrichment is a vital part of university life, our goal is to provide high quality instructional experiences through performances by faculty and guest artists and student performing organizations. More info...

Speaker at Podium


Communication is the most important activity in our lives. Speech communication is human communication—people speaking and listening to one another.

Speaking and listening are the most basic communication activities of our waking hours and therefore necessary for success in every aspect of life.

The objective of classes in speech communication is to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude in order to speak with and listen to others effectively—whether one on one, in a group, or part of a team. In other words, the objective is to make students better oral communicators. More info...



The theatre program of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts offers the arts major with a theater emphasis, various minors in theatre, and opportunities for all students on the UW-Platteville campus to participate in play production.

Within the theatre emphasis, students choose courses from play production (acting, directing, stagecraft, etc.), dramatic literature, and theatre history. A student planning to teach may be certified through this program as a theatre specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. More info...

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