Grow your creative and critical thinking skills as you prepare for an art career in a fast-paced, global culture. Explore your interests in the arts by choosing an emphasis area in art, art education, graphic design, studio art, or theatre.

Work side-by-side with experienced faculty and participate in internships, explore museums, and prepare for your own gallery exhibition. 

You’ll graduate with a well-defined, professional portfolio and a broad knowledge of art that prepares you for graduate school or a career as a professional artist, designer, production specialist, web designer or developer, art educator, or graphic designer.

Choose how your degree will best be suited by selecting an area of emphasis.


The art emphasis will help you develop a broad knowledge in studio art, graphic design, and art education with an emphasis in art. You’ll enhance and develop creative problem-solving skills while growing your artistic skills through studio practice.

Art Education

The emphasis in art education emphasizes art theory, art history, and visual art creation and courses provide the fundamental background and specialized knowledge needed for analysis, understanding, and creation of visual art. 

The art education emphasis provides excellence in teacher education and you’ll be prepared for certification by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with a license to teach art in Wisconsin’s pre-school, elementary, and secondary schools.

Graphic Design

The graphic design emphasis focuses on the art of imaginative problem solving and how it relates to visual communication. Graphic design is a dynamic field that demands people who are able to meet creative challenges and to push beyond what is expected.

You’ll explore courses focusing on typography, print and multimedia design, packaging design, and graphic design history, as well as traditional and new technologies. Learn to conceptualize solutions to design situations that encourage critical and creative thinking, promote social awareness, and encourage individual artistic growth and development. You’ll be well suited for a career as a creative designer, multimedia designer, illustrator, web designer, and art director.

Studio Art

The studio art emphasis allows you to choose an area of concentration in ceramics, cross-disciplinary studio, painting and drawing, or sculpture. Explore the areas of visual art creation, art theory, art criticism and art history through coursework.

You’ll build a well-defined professional portfolio and will be prepared for careers in art, design, or graduate school.


Explore the topics of acting, directing, voice, movement, stagecraft, design, theatre styles, history, critical theory, and dramatic literature. Learn the fundamental background and specialized knowledge needed to analyze and understand theatre theories and practices. The theatre emphasis offers multiple opportunities to participate in live theatrical productions every year.

With an emphasis in theatre, you’ll be prepared to pursue a career in theatre performance, technical theatre or continued study at the graduate level. If you wish to pursue a teaching career in theatre, you may seek Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction certification.