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UW-Eau Claire introduces two versatile art degrees

| Denise Olson

Blugold students now have two exciting new programs to choose from in pursuing a bachelor's degree in the field of Art & Design.

The University of Wisconsin’s Eau Claire Department of Art & Design is offering two, newly established, comprehensive and interdisciplinary BA/BS degrees within Graphic Communications and Studio Arts, embedded in the rich liberal arts university experience.

Today's workforce depends on the creative energies of employees equipped with broad cultural awareness, a strong foundation of technical skills, and multidisciplinary experiences. UW-Eau Claire graduates possess excellent creative problem-solving abilities to engage global consumers and citizens of today, skills rooted in a liberal arts education. In 2013, Edgar M. Bronfman, the former CEO of Seagram Corporation, wrote in an article for Inside Higher Education, “…the best preparation for life and career -- be it in finance, entrepreneurship or something else -- is a liberal arts degree.”

Versatility in art related careers

Graphic Communications

This interdisciplinary degree was developed in collaboration between the departments of Art & Design, Communication & Journalism, and Computer Science. This interdisciplinary approach prepares students to be collaborative, creative, contemporary communicators. The combined expression of visual knowledge, aided by analytical and investigative skills, and abetted by mathematical and problem-solving skills will help the graphic communications student produce work that effectively balances information with exceptional expressive design.  


Studio Arts

The studio arts degree recognizes that most art is made in collaboration with many areas of knowledge, from literature and history to psychology and ecology, thus this degree is founded in some traditional methods of art making while embracing a multidisciplinary approach of self-selected studio experiences. The Studio BA degree recognizes the growing interdisciplinary nature of practicing studio artists who are painting one day and working with video the next. Artists who respond to commercial needs and who also wish to express their own ideas through gallery exhibitions, or through collaborations within communities, and/or with other industries will thrive in this degree program.  


Both of these comprehensive 60-credit degrees offer increased collaborative efforts through faculty/student research opportunities and by strong local art connections. Through our growing partnerships within the community, students will have access to a variety of internships and professional opportunities. With expertise in their respective mediums, UWEC art faculty can help to advise each student and assist in creating individualized educational experiences for individuals to become powerful contenders in the global workforce, to become productive contemporary artists, or to go on to pursue graduate studies. Students in these new degree programs can participate in departmental field trips, or in a UWEC-approved study-abroad program.

To find out more about these innovative new programs, contact the Art & Design office at, or call 715-836-3277