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Degrees & Certificates

The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers numerous arts-related degrees. Many departments cross-list courses so students can meet their breadth requirements while earning their degree. Below is a list of departments and their offerings. We offer bachelor to doctorate degrees. Some programs offer certificates and minors. Please contact each department with any questions. 

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Art Department

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

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Department of Art History

Department of Art History | College of Letters & Science

Degree Offerings

Affiliated Programs

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Bolz Center for Arts Administration

Department of Communication Arts

Creative Writing Program

Creative Writing Program, English Department | 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

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Dance Department

Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies

Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, English Department | 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

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

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Mead Witter School of Music

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

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Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

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

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

Degree Offerings

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Department of Theatre and Drama

Department of Theatre and Drama | School of Education

Degree Offerings

Areas of Specialization

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

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Center for Visual Cultures

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...

There's a lot you can do with an art and design degree, according to the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP).

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