University of Wisconsin–Madison

Areas of Study

The University of Wisconsin–Madison offers numerous arts-related degrees ranging from bachelor to doctorate from four schools and colleges. Many departments cross-list courses to allow students to meet their breadth requirements while working towards a degree. Here students will find resources for those interested in pursuing degrees in the arts, including a list of each department and their offerings. In addition, some programs also offer certificates and/or minors. Please contact each department individually for additional questions.

Art Department | School of Education

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Art Media & Disciplines

  • Art Education
  • Ceramics
  • Comics
  • Contemporary Theory and Discourse
  • Digital Animation
  • Digital Media & Fabrication
  • Foundations (First Year Program)
  • Glass & Neon
  • Graphic Design and Typography
  • Metalworking and Jewelry
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Papermaking
  • Performance, Video & Social Practice
  • Photography
  • Printmaking, traditional & digital
  • Professional Practices
  • Sculpture & Installation
  • Wood and Furniture

Affiliated Programs

Bolz Center for Arts Administration | Wisconsin School of Business

Degree Offerings

  • Master of Business Administration in Arts Administration

Affiliated Programs

Department of Art History | College of Letters & Science

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, & Ph.D. in Art History
  • Architectural Option, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. Minor in Art History
  • Ph.D. Minor and grad certificate option in Transdisciplinary Study of Visual Culture
  • Grad and undergrad certificate option in Material Culture Studies

Affiliated Programs

Department of Communication Arts | College of Letters & Science

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Radio-Television-Film track
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts, Radio-Television-Film track
  • Master of Arts & Ph.D. in Communication Arts, Film track
  • Master of Arts & Ph.D. in Communication Arts, Media & Cultural Studies

Affiliated Programs

Creative Writing Program, Department of English | College of Letters & Science

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, emphasis in Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Science in English, emphasis in Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry
  • Ph.D. Minor in Creative Writing

Affiliated Programs

Dance Department | School of Education

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
  • Certificate option in Dance
  • Certificate option in Dance Movement Therapy
  • Certificate option in Pilates

Affiliated Programs

Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, Department of English | College of Letters & Science

Degree Offerings

  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies
  • Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies
  • Doctoral Minor in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies

Areas of Specialization

  • Theatre for Youth

Affiliated Programs

Interior Architecture | Design Studies Department | School of Human Ecology

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Fine Arts, and Ph.D. in Interior Architecture
Mead Witter School of Music | College of Letters & Science

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Music
  • Master of Arts, Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, Ph.D. in Music

Areas of Specialization

  • Brass
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Ethnomusicology & Musicology
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Percussion
  • Strings, Guitar & Harp
  • Voice & Opera
  • Woodwinds

Affiliated Programs

Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture | College of Letters & Science

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) Professional Degree
  • Master of Science in Landscape Architecture

Affiliated Programs

Textiles & Fashion Design | Design Studies Department | School of Human Ecology

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Fine Arts, and Ph.D. in Textiles & Fashion Design
Department of Theatre and Drama | School of Education

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Drama
  • Master of Fine Arts in Theatre and Drama

Areas of Specialization

  • Acting
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Scene Design
  • Theatre Technology

Affiliated Programs

Center for Visual Cultures | College of Letters & Science

Degree Offerings

  • Graduate Certificate in The Transdisciplinary Study of Visual Cultures
  • Doctoral Minor in The Transdisciplinary Study of Visual Cultures

Affiliated Programs

Did You Know...

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