Career and Leadership Development


All programs in the arts are designed to allow a maximum of individualization. The program offers a broad basic understanding of art along with a series of options and electives, which allow you to personalize your studies. You may prepare for a career in art as a means of enriching your cultural background and developing an expressive outlet. The areas you may concentrate on include art history, art education, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, metals, photography, computer graphics, and graphic design. Regardless of which one you choose, you will be encouraged to discover and expand your ability to its full potential, and will work with the faculty to reach one goal - the understanding and development of your creative talents.

Emphases within the major:

Art (BA), Art Graphic Design (BA), Art Licensure (BA), Art History (BA), Fine Arts Licensure (BFA), Fine Arts Graphic Design (BFA), Art Education (BSE), Fine Arts (BFA)

Major skills acquired:

Analyzing & Evaluating
Creating & Innovating
Discipline specific digital proficiency
Discipline specific equipment expertise Imagination & Creativity
Multimedia design experience
Planning & Organizing

Related Occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education. Art Director (141.031-010)
Casting Foundry Foreman
Ceramics Kiln Engineer (573.662-010)
Curator (102.017-010)
Digital Video Editor
Display artist
Exhibit Artist (149.261-010
Exhibit Designer (297.367-010)
Freelance Artist
Freelance Photographer (143.457-010)
Graphic Artist (141.061-022)
Graphic Designer (171.061-018)
Hobby Store Manager
Illustrator (141.061-022)
Interactive Media Designer
Jeweler/Gemologist (700.281-010) Motion Graphics Designer
Multi-Media Designer
Packaging Designer (029.187-010)
Paintings Restorer (149.261-010)
Photographer (143.457-010)
Printmaker (144.061-014)
Professional Painter (144.061-010)
Professional Potter/Studio Ceramist (774.381-010)
Professional Watercolorist
Professor of Painting
Public School Art Teacher (149.021-010)
Sculptor (144.061-018)
Sketch maker/Photoengraving (971.381-022)
Typographer (973.381-010)
Web Designer
Window Display Designer

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Aardvark Graphic & Type - Prescott, AZ
ABC Supply Co. Inc. - Beloit, WI
Ad-Lit, Inc. - Wisconsin Dells, WI
AM/PM Digital Graphics - Germantown, WI
B & B Publishing Co. - Walworth, WI
Badger Products - Twin Lakes, WI
Begamot Brass Works - Delavan, WI
Bell Laboratories - Madison, WI
Belmont College - Nashville, TN
Beloit Corporation - Beloit, Wisconsin
Beloit Turner School District - Beloit, WI
Bisco Inc. - Schaumburg, IL
Brescia University - Owensboro, KY
Bri Motorsports - Milwaukee, WI
Broan Mfg. Co. - Hartford, WI
Burlington School District - Burlington, WI
Business Plus Magazine - Janesville, WI
Channel One Inc. - Milwaukee, WI
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, IL
College of Wooster - Wooster, OH
Color Print Services - Palatine, IL
Computer Know How - Broadhead, WI
Credit Union Executive Society - Madison, WI
CSZ Design Group - Elk Grove Village, IL
Custom Publications Inc. - Loves Park, IL
District 205 & 44 - Elmhurst/Lombard, IL
Edinboro State University - Edinboro, PA
4ward Design - Milwaukee, WI
Extended Stay America - Madison, WI
Fairhaven - Whitewater, WI
Food Concepts, Inc. - Middleton, WI
Four Front Communications - Rockford, IL
GE Marquette Medical Systems - Milwaukee, WI
Graphics by Lovelace & Co. Inc. - Milwaukee, WI
Guided Discoveries - Idyllwild, CA
Harley-Davidson Co. - Milwaukee, WI
Hartley Metzner Huenink - New Berlin, WI
Image Management LLC - Racine, WI
InPro Corporation - Muskego, WI
JD Publishing - Glendale, WI
Kalmbach Publishing - Wisconsin
Launch Creative - Chicago, IL
Madison Area Technical College - Madison, WI
Madison Design Firm - Madison, WI
Madison Newspapers Inc. - Madison, WI
Marketing Images - Waukesha, WI
MD Totco - Cedar Park, TX
Menasha Corporation - Menomonee Falls, WI
Microsoft Chicago Sidewalk - Chicago, IL
Milwaukee School of Art and Design - Milwaukee, WI
Nasco - Fort Atkinson, WI
Northwestern Mutual Financial Acceptance - Milwaukee, WI
On the Move - Brookfield, WI
Pet World - Madison, WI
Port to Print - Madison, WI
Premier Screen Graphics - Denver, CO
Qdoba Mexican Grill - Madison, WI
Quad/Graphics - West Allis, WI
Quality American Artworks - Waukesha, WI
Rowe Pottery Works - Cambridge, WI
Sears - Skokie, IL
Shaw's Jewelers - Brookfield, WI
Slideshots - Madison, WI
Smith Elementary School - Richmond, TX
SMP Advertising - Wauwautosa, WI
Standard Process Inc. - Palmyra, WI
Stark Images Internet Service - Milwaukee, WI
STIR LLC Advertising/Integrated Marketing - Milwaukee, WI
Studio 84 Art Center - Whitewater, WI
Terry Printing - Janesville, WI
The Art Factory - Milwaukee, WI
The Gessert Group - Milwaukee, WI
Two Rivers Public School - Two Rivers, WI
US Cellular - Racine, WI

Universities such as:
University of Missouri - Columbia, Missouri
University of South Dakota - Vermillion, SD
University of South Dakota - Vermillion, SD
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Whitewater, WI
Valdosta University - Valdosta, GA
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA
Warner Bros. - Los Angeles, CA
Waterford High School - Waterford, WI
Watertown Elementary Schools - Watertown, WI
Waukesha Cherry-Burrell - Delavan, WI
Waukesha Freeman Newspaper - Waukesha, WI
Wauwatosa Schools - Wauwautosa, WI
Western Publishing - Racine, WI
WI Skyline Display Graphics - Waukesha, WI
Wilmot High School - Wilmot, WI
WTMJ-TV - Milwaukee, WI
Zia Creative Solution - New Berlin, WI
Zillman Advertising - Madison, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Edinboro State University - Edinboro, PA
Memphis College of Art - Memphis, TN
Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
SUNY New Platz - New York, NY
University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota - Duluth, MN University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, IL
University of Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, IL
University of Washington - Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development

UW-Whitewater Art Department
Departmental Office, CA Room 2073
Center of the Arts, Room 2001
Phone: (262) 472-1324

Student Design Association
Faculty Advisor, Art Department
Center of the Arts, Room 2073

American Artist
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

UW-Whitewater College of the Arts
Dean's Office, CA, Room 2001
Phone: (262) 472-1221

American Craft Council
401 Park Avenue, South
New York, NY 10016

American Center for Design
Chicago, IL

UW-Whitewater Student Art Association
Faculty Advisor, Art Department
Center of the Arts, Room 2073

American Council for the Arts
570 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10036

American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA)

Society of Illustrators


Departmental Update: 3/09