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Art & Design 

At UW-Eau Claire 

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From earliest times, human beings have given meaning to life through artistic expressions. In our contemporary world, visual awareness and the communication of visual ideas have become increasingly significant.

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The art & design program responds to the needs of a visually oriented world through instruction in studio art, art history, art education, graphic design and the exhibition of art. Students will integrate and analyze knowledge to creatively communicate ideas, emotions and social conditions. You will develop visual problem-solving skills and utilize technical equipment from hand tools to computers, and lathes to video equipment. In addition, you will gain organizational and communication skills to help you present your art work.

Experiential learning

The Department of Art & Design sponsors annual faculty-led field trips to the Twin Cities, Chicago, and New York. These trips offer students an opportunity to visit some of the nation’s finest museums and private galleries. International field-study to all European cultural centers and Japan are also available.

Art students design city bus

Practice makes perfect

Students have access to equipment in all studio areas. There are three computer graphic labs with up-to-date hardware and software to work with print media, web/electronic design, digital photography, video and animation. See how you can gain more experience and put it to good use through student organizations.

Experts come to you

In the past decade, students have had the opportunity to meet and listen to many internationally recognized artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, George Segal, Sue Cole, Neda Al Hilali, and Toshiko Takaezu to name a few. These artists often display their work and allow students to see their latest and finest paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, prints, drawings, design and fiber art.

Art student Kassey

student painting


Art – Liberal Arts (36 credits)
Art History (36 credits)

Comprehensive majors

Art – Comprehensive Teaching (55 credits)
Art ­– Liberal Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts-75 credits)

Areas of emphasis for  comprehensive majors

– Ceramics
– Drawing & Painting
– Graphic design
– Illustration
– Photography
– Printmaking
– Sculpture


Art History

Suggested freshman curriculum

Foundation art courses:
– Drawing and
– Color and Composition
– 3-D
– Art of the 20th Century
– General electives
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Special admission requirements

Students must be prepared to pay for any materials, supplies, and/or services in excess of the amount and kind provided by course lab fees.

A portfolio is required for graduation in the BFA program and will be requested by course instructors as well to help advise students in their studies.

Our graduates

Graduates of the Art & Design majors work in graphic and electronic design, teach art in public or private schools, become self-employed artists, work in a museum as a curator, work as an art conservationist, gallery dealer or photographer, and create editorial illustrations and cartoons for magazines and books. The possibilities are endless!
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Places you’ll find recent graduates:

- Graphic Designer, Meyers
  Printing Company,
  Minneapolis, MN
- Designer, Johnson
  Monument Company,
  Chippewa Falls, WI
- Core Member, AmeriCorps,
  Charleston, SC
- Senior Art Director,
  Ultra Creative Inc.,
  Minneapolis, MN
- Gallery Assistant,
  Margo Leavin Gallery,
  Los Angeles, CA

Department contact information

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