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UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG
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Degree and Programs Offered:
Majors - Art, Graphic Design
Minors - Studio Art, Graphic Design
Certificates- Art History, Design
The Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside offers bachelor of arts degrees with majors in art and graphic design. These emphasize a thorough background in the visual arts with well-rounded experiences in both two and three dimensional studies, as well as in art history and visual culture.
Art students work in well-equipped, new spacious studios with a faculty seriously committed to quality teaching as well as to production, exhibition and publication in their own areas of professional specialization. To complement the studio work, art history course offerings explore periods from prehistory to contemporary art and visual culture, including graphic design. Exhibits in the three modern art galleries located in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, as well as lectures and workshops by visiting exhibiting artists complement the studio and classroom experience. Upon graduation, art majors may continue professionally in quality graduate programs or enter one of many career options. There are also minors in graphic design and art as well as certificates in art history, design, and museum studies. Students planning employment as freelance designers or independent artists might consider adding a business certificate in entrepreneurship or business fundamentals.
Program Level Outcomes
The art major provides a general art experience within an easily manageable, four-year completion program or an expanded major with the addition of one concentration consisting of 19 credits. Art majors must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average in the major to remain in the program. Art majors seeking a concentration must have an entrance and exit grade point average of 2.75 or higher in the concentration.
Note for students choosing the standard art major without a concentration (48 credits)
Requirements for the Graphic Design Major (68-69 credits)
The graphic design major includes the art core curriculum as well as courses in specialized areas pertinent to the commercial graphic design industry. In all, the major provides a holistic curriculum that offers diverse approaches to visual language. The emphasis of this curriculum is one that focuses on the designer as artist and not simply a technician. In addition, students in the major have opportunities to work with regionally-based clients within the classroom setting. This provides a sample of real- world experiences similar to those in the career field while still maintaining the mentorship of professional instructors.
All graphic design majors must maintain a minimum 2.75 grade point average in the major to remain in the program. If a student cannot maintain the required GPA, he/she may consider completing the 48-credit “general” art major and design certificate instead.
Requirements for the Studio Art Minor (21 credits)
The basic objective of the art minor is to provide students from any area of study with the opportunity for a fundamental introduction to the field of visual art. To accomplish this, the student must complete 21 credits consisting of the following courses or their equivalents.
Requirements for the Graphic Design Minor (27 credits)
This array of courses will allow the minor an opportunity to focus on the primary building blocks of graphic design. While the minor consists of the same graphic design courses as the Design Certificate, its additional coursework provides students further understanding of art and design principals, thus offering a more cohesive introduction to the field.
Requirements for the Art History Certificate (18 credits)
The art history certificate permits students to study visual culture with a distinct emphasis on how aesthetics engage fundamental issues in politics, society, and culture. Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in the following courses to receive the art history certificate.
Requirements for the Design Certificate (15 credits)
The design certificate provides basic training in how to create quality presentation and marketing materials. While this academic credential cannot compete with the skills acquired through the graphic design major, it does provide students with competitive tools that may enhance their career goals and employability.
Entrepreneurship Certificate and Business Fundamentals Certificate
These certificates are available through the department of business. Art and graphic design majors who plan to work as freelance designers or independent studio artists will find this coursework beneficial to their career goals. Please see the business section of the catalog for more information.
Museum Studies Certificate
A certificate in museum studies is also available. Please see the museum studies section of the catalog for more information.
World Wide Web Publishing Certificate
A certificate in World Wide Web publishing is available through the Computer Science Department. Please see the computer science section of the catalog for more information.
Students transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in order to pursue a major in architecture must have taken a minimum of 24 credit hours and must have a GPA of no less than 2.50. Because admission into the architecture major is highly competitive, students should understand that those admitted to the program will have a GPA that is higher than 2.50. While a minimum of 24 credit hours is needed to transfer, students are advised to take no more than 40 credit hours prior to transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Within the 24-40 credit hour window, the following courses are especially appropriate for students considering the architecture major.
Course work in geosciences or physical geography is highly recommended. It is also recommended that students satisfy their foreign language requirement prior to transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Art majors must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in order to graduate without a concentration. All students earning an art major without a concentration must complete a minimum of 15 credits within the major at UW-Parkside.
Art majors with concentrations must have at least a GPA of 2.75 in the major to enter and earn the concentration. All students earning an art major with a concentration must complete a minimum of 21 credits within the major at UW-Parkside.
Graphic Design majors must have at least a 2.75 GPA in the major in order to graduate with the major in graphic design. All students earning a graphic design major must complete a minimum of 21 credits within the major at UW-Parkside.
Transfer students must have at least a 2.5 in their art and art history courses to be admitted into any art department major; once admitted, required GPAs apply to graduation eligibility.
Students may double major in art and graphic design provided that the art major is one with a concentration. Art majors may earn a minor in graphic design; graphic design majors may not earn a minor in art.
Field trips to local and regional art centers may be required as partial fulfillment of any particular art course
The Art Department reserves the right to retain selected examples of student work completed in studio courses or photographic images of work for educational, promotional, or exhibition purposes.
Studio fees may be required for certain courses to cover basic material expenses.
The Art Department faculty values the learning experience in the classroom and has specific policies pertaining to absenteeism and classroom conduct. In regard to these policies it is important for students to know that regular attendance in class is mandatory and unexcused absences will affect the student’s final grade. Additionally, the Art Department expects its students to present an open, respectful, and professional attitude toward their course work, facilities, instructors and peers. Plagiarism in any form is not tolerated.
Courses in the Art Department may be audited only with approval of the instructor.