studio-art-certificate

The certificate in studio art allows students from across campus, regardless of their major or degree program, to engage in a structured, meaningful art studio experience. The certificate was designed for students who may not have professional ambitions in the arts, but still have an interest in a special discipline and want to develop their talents. The certificate does not require previous coursework in art.

The program provides a course of study in five focus areas: 2D, 3D, 4D (time-based), Graphic Design, or Photography. Students select one of these options and complete the courses required of this area of study. For each option, certificate students complete one course focusing on the historical context of art, two courses that provide a foundation for their chosen area, and two related electives that allow for the exploration and development of their skills.

This certificate may also appeal to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in art, but now want to complete an emphasis in a different discipline, such as graphic design. In these instances, the student will work closely with an advisor in the Department of Art to substitute higher level courses for the foundational studio courses.

Declaration Process

Students intending to complete the art studio certificate may find the declaration form on the School of Education's Apply to a Program page. The declaration for this certificate program can be submitted at any time during the academic year.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher, who are not participating in the Art–B.S., Art Education, or Art–BFA degree programs, may declare this certificate. University Special students are also eligible to complete this certificate.

The studio art certificate may be completed by any UW–Madison undergraduate student who is not a declared art major.

Select a course of study in one of five focus areas: 2D, 3D, 4D (time-based), Graphic Design, or Photography, and complete the required courses. For each option, certificate students complete one course focusing on the historical context of art, two courses that provide a foundation for their chosen area, and two related electives that allow for the exploration and development of their skills.

The certificate requires a total of 17–18 credits, depending on the selected area. It is possible to complete the certificate in three semesters, making it a viable option for most students, including transfers.

Historical Context of Art/Design

Students in all certificate focus areas must complete one of the following:

ART 100 Introduction to Art3
ART 108 Foundations of Contemporary Art3
ART 208 Current Directions in Art3
ART 438 Cultural Context of Graphic Design and Typography 14
ART HIST 206 Survey of Photography: 1839 to 19893-4
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 This course may count toward either the historical context requirement or toward the studio requirements of the focus area, but not both.

Focus Areas

Focus One: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking

Ideal for the novice artist, as well as for students who want to develop previous skill in the creation of two-dimensional art. Students interested in pursuing this focus area can find more information about painting, drawing, and printmaking on the art department's website.

Painting, Drawing, Printmaking Requirements

Foundations
Complete two of the following:
ART 112 Drawing I3
ART 212 Drawing Methods & Concepts (preferred)3
or ART 102 Two-Dimensional Design
Development
Complete two courses. Select two courses from Category A or one from Category A and one from Category B.
Category A
ART 222 Introduction to Painting3-4
ART 232 Life Drawing I4
ART 242 Watercolor I3-4
ART 302 Color4
ART 306 Relief Printmaking3-4
ART 316 Lithography4
ART 326 Etching4
ART 336 Serigraphy3-4
ART 348 Introduction to Digital Printmaking4
ART 448 Special Topics (2D or printmaking topics)1-4
Category B (prerequisites apply to these courses)
ART 322 Intermediate Painting I4
ART 332 Life Drawing II4
ART 342 Watercolor II4
ART 446 Artists' Books4
ART 452 Intermediate Painting: New Figuration I4
ART 506 Advanced Relief Printmaking4
ART 516 Advanced Lithography2-3
ART 526 Advanced Etching/Intaglio4
ART 536 Advanced Serigraphy4
ART 636 Computer Augmented Printmaking4

Focus two: Graphic Design

Art/design experience is highly recommended for students wishing to complete the graphic design focus area. Interested students can find more information about graphic design and typography, book arts/letterpress, and comics on the art department's website.

Graphic Design Requirements

Foundations
Complete the following:
ART 102 Two-Dimensional Design3
or ART 107 Introduction to Digital Forms
ART 346 Basic Graphic Design4
Development
Complete two courses. Select two courses from Category A or one from Category A and one from Category B. All courses beyond ART 346 require the consent of instructor. Prerequisites apply.
Category A
ART 438 Cultural Context of Graphic Design and Typography 14
ART 356 Intermediate Typography4
ART 458 Graphic Design for Branding and Identity4
ART 463 Information Graphics4
ART 465 Graphic Design for Packaging4
ART 467 Graphic Design for Posters4
Category B
ART 546 Graphic Design for Publications4
ART 556 Graphic Design for Interactive Media4
ART 560 Graphic Design Senior Thesis Project and Exhibition4
ART 565 Typeface Design4
ART 568 Motion Typography4
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 This course may count toward either the historical context requirement or toward the studio requirements of the focus area, but not both.

Note: The graphic design focus of this certificate is not intended to fully prepare individuals for a career in the field. Those wanting to pursue graphic design as a future profession should prepare by completing design courses as part of an art degree program—either the B.S.–Art or BFA–Art.

Focus Three: 3D Forms

Ideal for the novice artist, as well as for students who want to develop previous skill in the creation of three-dimensional art. Students interested in pursuing this focus area can find more information about ceramics, glass and neon, metals/metalsmithing, sculpture/installations, and wood on the art department's website.

3D Forms Requirements

Foundations
Complete the following:
ART 104 Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 214 Sculpture I4
Development
Complete two courses. Select two courses from Category A or one from Category A and one from Category B.
Category A
ART 224 Ceramics I4
ART 244 Art Metal I3-4
ART 314 Sculpture II4
ART 334 Wood Working3-4
ART 343 Metal Fabrication and Welding in Sculpture3-4
ART 354 Glassworking4
Category B (prerequisites apply to these courses)
ART 324 Ceramics II4
ART 344 Art Metal II4
ART 414 Art Foundry3
ART 454 Neon: Light as Sculpture4
ART 514 Advanced Sculpture Workshop 14
ART 521 Installations and Environments4
ART 534 Advanced Wood Working4
ART 544 Advanced Art Metal I4
ART 548 Special Topics: Advanced Level (art metals)1-4
ART 554 Advanced Glassworking4
ART 614 Advanced Sculpture Workshop 23-4

Focus Four: 4D-Digital, Time-based, Performative or Social Practice

Ideal for the novice artist, as well as for students who want to develop previous skill with new art genres. Students interested in pursuing this focus area can find more information about digital media and animation, or performance, video, or social practice on the art department's website.

4D-Digital, Time-based, Performative or Social Practice Requirements

Foundations
Complete two of the following:
ART 107 Introduction to Digital Forms3
ART 318 Introduction to Video, Performance & Installation Art4
or ART 338 Service Learning in Art
Development
Complete two courses. Select two courses from Category A or one from Category A and one from Category B.
Category A
ART 309 Digital Art and Code4
ART 409 Digital Fabrication Studio4
ART 428 Digital Imaging Studio4
ART 429 3D Digital Studio I4
ART 470 Special Topics in 4D Art3-4
ART 511 Art Performance3-4
ART 518 Artist's Video4
ART 531 Screen Performance3-4
Category B (prerequisites apply to these courses)
ART 528 Digital Interactive Studio4
ART 529 3D Digital Studio II4
ART 570 Advanced Topics in 4D Art3-4
ART 618 Advanced Artists' Video4
ART 660 Art and Technology4

Focus Five: Photography (film and Digital)

Ideal for the novice artist, as well as for students who want to develop previous skill with photography. Students interested in pursuing this focus area can find more information about photography on the art department's website. ART HIST 206 Survey of Photography: 1839 to 1989 is highly recommended as the historical context course.

Photography Requirements

Foundations
Complete the following:
ART 176 Digital Photography for Non-Art Majors4
ART 376 Photography3-4
Development
Complete two of the following:
ART 476 Intermediate Photography4
ART 448 Special Topics (photography topics only in ART 448 and 548)1-4
or ART 548 Special Topics: Advanced Level
ART 576 Advanced Photography4

Progress and Completion Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be achieved and maintained across all certificate course work in order to remain in, and successfully complete the certificate. All courses required by the certificate must be taken for a grade; none may be taken on a pass/fail, credit/no credit basis or as an auditor.

At least 12 of the required credits must be completed in residence in the UW–Madison Department of Art. Courses taken in a study abroad program sponsored by UW–Madison do not count toward this residency requirement.

Verification of Certificate Completion

Submit the certificate completion form during the semester that all certificate requirements will be completed. This form starts the administrative process that (1) verifies that the requirements have been completed and (2) posts this information on the student's transcript.

Information about faculty, staff, and other contributors to the Department of Art can be found on the department's website.