Department of Art + Design
How do I declare an Art Major or Art Minor?
Do students need to submit a portfolio to declare a Studio Art major?
What is the Foundation Portfolio Review?
How are Advanced Placement credits determined in studio areas?
Are there student groups to support Art and Design Majors?
What is the difference between a BA and a BFA?
What is the difference between a BSE and a BA or BFA w/licensure?
What kinds of scholarships are available in the Arts?
How do I register for studio art courses?
Who is my adviser, and do I need to see them every semester?
How do I schedule an appointment with my adviser?
How do I contact a faculty member?
Are there special studio facilities available to art students?
Why are there course fees for art studio courses when I already pay tuition?
How do I declare an Art Major or Art Minor? (return to the top)
You must fill out an "Undergraduate Degree/ Major/ Minor Change Form", and submit it to the Department of Art and Design Office, CA 2073, in the Greenhill Center of the Arts.
Do students need to submit a portfolio to declare a Studio Art major? (return to the top)
Incoming freshmen do not need to submit a portfolio to declare an art major. Student work will be reviewed as part of the Foundations Portfolio Review (see below) in order to determine whether the student may continue as an art major. Transfer students may be asked to submit materials for review if they have taken their foundation courses at another institution, and they have not met the GPA requirement for waiver from review.
What is the Foundation Portfolio Review? (return to the top)
After completion of foundational courses for the art majors, there will be an evaluation of student progress to determine their ability to continue in the art and design programs. Students may be waived based on their GPA in the required courses, or they may be asked to participate in a formal review of their work. Please contact the Department Office for details on this process.
How are Advanced Placement credits determined in studio areas? (return to the top)
In general, Advanced Placement (AP) credits do not substitute for required art courses. However, AP credits can count toward the 120 credits required for the degree.
Are there student groups to support Art and Design Majors? (return to the top)
Yes, here are a few possibilities:
• ALLOY, Metals
• UW-Whitewater Printmakers Association, Printmaking
• UW-Whitewater AIGA, Graphic Design
What is the difference between a BA and a BFA? (return to the top)
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree includes 42 credits of art courses, and students must pursue a minor in addition to the major. This degree is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a career in an art-related field, but not to be professional artists or graphic designers. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree includes 78 credits of art courses, and does not require a minor. This degree is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in graphic design, or to go on to graduate school and ultimately become a professional artist. Students interested in this program are required to pass two portfolio reviews to participate in this degree track: the BFA Entry Review and the BFA Junior Review. Please contact the Department Office for details on this process.
What is the difference between a BSE and a BA or BFA w/licensure? (return to the top)
The Bachelor of Science in Art Education (BSE) degree includes 54 credits of art courses, and an additional 39 credits in directed education courses. No additional minor is required. Licensure to teach art is an integral part of the BSE program. The Bachelor of Arts with Licensure (BA-Licensure) degree includes 54 credits of art courses, 39 credits of directed education courses, and an additional minor. Some students find that it makes sense for them to pursue a BA degree with a minor and, if they are interested in licensure to teach art, add licensure at the end of their program. This gives them the flexibility to graduate with a BA degree in case circumstances preclude them from completing licensure. The Bachelor of Fine Arts with Licensure (BFA-Licensure) degree is treated similarly. The 39-credit licensure is typically completed at the end of a student's program, allowing them to graduate with a BFA degree if circumstances preclude completion of licensure coursework.
What kinds of scholarships are available in the Arts? (return to the top)
There are numerous scholarships available to both incoming and current students in the Department of Art and Design. These include scholarships specifically intended for art majors, and others given at the college level for students of any of the arts. Some scholarships are "area-specific", meaning they are designated especially for students in ceramics, printmaking, graphic design, etc., while others are more general. The Scholarship Review takes place in the Spring semester, and students will be notified as to the deadlines for submission and participation.
How do I register for studio art courses? (return to the top)
Due to high levels of interest and demand, several introductory level studio art classes reserve seats for studio art majors and minors during the Priority Registration period. Studio classes with reserved seats are identified on WINS along with the date all remaining seats will be released for open enrollment. Seats are not reserved in art history classes or in studio classes held during Winterim or Summer Sessions.
The Department of Art and Design requires all majors and minors to be advised in advance of registering for classes each semester. Advising holds are placed on student WINS accounts until they have met with an advisor and turned in an individual Advising Sheet to the Department Office. At that time, the Department ADA lifts the holds and students can proceed with registration.
Who is my adviser, and do I need to see them every semester? (return to the top)
Each art major and minor is assigned an adviser. You can find out who your adviser is through WINS. You must see your adviser every semester in order to be able to participate in pre-registration and to register for classes.
How do I schedule an appointment with my adviser? (return to the top)
During the two week period before pre-registration, advisers will post sign-up sheets for appointments. At other times, contact your adviser directly to set up an appointment. In order to be fair to other students and to advisers, you must schedule an appointment only with your assigned adviser.
How do I contact a faculty member? (return to the top)
It is usually easiest to contact a faculty member via e-mail. A listing of faculty members, their office numbers, phone numbers and e-mail addresses can be found by clicking here.
Are there special studio facilities available to art students? (return to the top)
All students who are currently enrolled in a course in a specific studio area have access to that studio during the semester in question. This typically includes storage space for tools, art supplies and work. Most studios are open during times when there are no classes being held, and in some instances you may work in the studio even during classes, as long as you are not disruptive to those classes. In most of the studios there are specific additional areas designated for use by BFA students who are specializing in that studio area.
Why are there course fees for art studio courses when I already pay tuition? (return to the top)
Additional costs are inherent in certain majors, and art and design are no exception. The Department of Art and Design is able to obtain materials and tools for student use at considerable discounts. The department passes these savings on to students, as supplies are resold to students at cost through these course fees. This insures both the best price for students, but also consistency in the materials being used by the students.