B136 Lathrop Hall
1050 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
The UW-Madison Arts Institute develops and promotes arts courses and programs offered on campus. More than 130 faculty and staff members affiliated with the Arts Institute lend a voice in developing curriculum and programs that will further advance cross-disciplinary arts at UW–Madison.
The various arts-related departments are within three schools and colleges for undergraduate students: College of Letters & Science (Art History, Communication Arts, Creative Writing, and Music), School of Education (Art, Dance, and Theatre and Drama), and School of Human Ecology (Design Studies). Many departments cross-list courses to allow degree-seeking students to meet their breadth requirements and to encourage inter and trans-disciplinary knowledge. Arts-related programs are also available at the graduate level.
To facilitate students in determining appropriate courses for credit, the institute has created this page for an overview of arts-related department offerings including degrees, certificates, and/or minors: https://artsinstitute.wisc.edu/academics.htm. For additional questions, please contact each department individually.
The Arts Institute, a division on campus dedicated to the arts, advances the arts as an invaluable resource to a vital university, and promotes all forms of artistic expression, experience, and interpretation as fundamental paths to engaging and understanding our world. In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, the institute supports and promotes a comprehensive variety of arts programs and disciplines, whether its own specific programs or its partners’ events.
The institute’s programs are dedicated to harnessing the power and potential of artistic exploration and expression for the benefit of the university and the state of Wisconsin. Programs include the Creative Arts and Design Residential Learning Community―“The Studio,” the Awards in the Creative Arts, Arts on Campus, the Madison Early Music Festival, the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program, and the Wisconsin Film Festival.
The Arts Institute’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program brings artists of international scope to the campus each semester to teach an interdisciplinary course for university credit, sponsored by at least two departments.
This page was updated 1/25/16.