The UW-Whitewater Art and Design Program is a place where aesthetic traditions and the contemporary meet in an informal and professional atmosphere. The Department of Art and Design makes its goal to prepare students to become both personally and professionally engaged in the visual arts through a strong yet flexible foundation in the discipline. As students progress through the program they are supported with personal tutorials and individual advising to achieve whatever level of engagement they aspire to in their chosen area of study.
In addition to providing students with strong theoretical foundations, our department is well known for its hands-on instruction. We have a number of student media outlets on campus (check out links to their web pages), and our laboratories are equipped with state of the art equipment—what you use on campus is the same gear you'll be using in the professional world. And students get to enhance that experience by taking internships at professional communication and media firms. Our location in southeast Wisconsin is ideal in providing top notch opportunities for students to intern in Milwaukee, Madison, Rockford and Chicago. And we also offer internships as part of our international programs in Australia, Ireland and Finland.
The UW-W Music Department offers a wide variety of courses, ensembles, and experiences for those interested in the performance and study of music. Whatever your interest, you will find that the Music Department is a vibrant community of student and faculty performers, scholars, and teachers.
The UW-W Theatre/Dance Department is committed to a hands-on, learn-by-doing approach and we offer a wide variety of courses, practical classes and performance experiences for those interested in the preparation, performance and study of theatre and dance. Guided by faculty advisors, our students have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous experiences in performance, design, direction, choreography, technical theatre, and management. During the academic year, students can participate in the season's four mainstage productions, a mainstage dance concert, and a touring children's play. During the summer, students are encouraged to become involved in the three-play Summeround season. In addition, throughout the year, students are given the opportunity to produce numerous one-act plays and to work on a variety of other production projects.
The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Irvin L. Young Auditorium is to serve as a major regional Performing Arts Center providing citizens of Southern Wisconsin with a wide variety of the best professional performing arts talent. Inherent in our mission is the aspiration to become a major cultural institution, enriching the quality of life for all citizens of this region. We attempt to serve people from all segments of society, from new audiences contemplating their first arts experience to veteran arts audiences seeking new and innovative events. This is accomplished by presenting a wide range of performing arts experiences from traditional or mainstream events to less familiar, more challenging, and culturally diverse artists or art forms.