Drawing and illustration majors have many careers to choose from. Drawing skills are in demand in advertising, animation, game design & development, fashion design, publishing, and even in the medical and legal fields. Just a few job titles include storyboard artist, set designers, sketch artist, comic artist, children’s book illustrator, political cartoonist, and courtroom sketch artist.
The State of Wisconsin is home to a variety of top-tier accredited schools that offer competitive art and design programs. Just a few include Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Peck School of Arts at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Viterbo University (LaCrosse), and University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). Continue reading to learn more about Wisconsin’s best options for drawing majors and where to find them.
Wisconsin Drawing Schools
Wisconsin is home to 84 Title IV degree-granting colleges and universities. Schools with Title IV status are eligible for federal financial aid programs. This is good news for aspiring artists that may choose a private school over a state school. Just think, while Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is one of the nation’s top art and design schools, undergraduate for the 2012-2013 school year is $28,205. And this is not the state’s most expensive art and design school!
Keep in mind that tuition for most private schools is usually much higher than tuition for state schools. But whether you choose a public school or a private one, as long as it’s a Title IV school, you will have access to all federal financial aid programs. Scroll through the list below to take a look at Wisconsin’s best drawing schools and what they have to offer.
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire – B.A. Art with Drawing + Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Printmaking Emphasis; Minor in Web Design & Development
University of Wisconsin Parkside - Degrees Offered: B. A. General Arts, Digital Arts with Concentration in Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration or Web Design; B.A. Design & Technology, Studio Arts with Concentration in Drawing, Printmaking, Crafts; Certificate in Film Studies, World Wide Web Publishing
Viterbo University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Visual Communications, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Studio Art; B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Design & Technical Production, Drawing, Graphic Arts and New Media, Interdisciplinary Studies, Photography, Printmaking; B. S. Communication Studies with Visual Communication Focus; Minor Art
University of Wisconsin Madison - Degrees Offered: B. S., B. F. A. Art with Emphasis in Digital Modeling, Graphic Design and Typography, Life Drawing, Multimedia, New Genres, Painting + Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Video and Performance; M. A., M. F. A. Art with Graphics Specialization
University of Wisconsin Stout - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Art, Comic and Sequential Art, Digital Cinema, Entertainment Design, Graphic Design and Interactive Media, Studio Art with Drawing, Printmaking Emphasis; B. S. Game Design and Development, Graphic Communication Management, Professional Communication and Emerging Media; M. F. A. Design; Minor Art, Applied Photography
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) – B. F. A. Art, Communication Design, Drawing, Illustration, Integrated Studio Arts, Photography, Printmaking, Time-Based Media (Video & Animation); Minor in Animation, Video
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - Degrees Offered: B.A. Studio Art; B. F. A. Design & Visual Communications, Digital Studio Practice, Film, New Genres, Photography, Painting + Drawing, Print and Narrative Forms, Video; M.A. Studio Art; M.F.A. Film, New Genres, Studio Art, Video; Minor in Art
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Degrees Offered: B.A. Radio-TV-Film, Studio Art; B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Emphasis; B. F. A. Design & Technology, B. F. A. Fine Arts with 2D Studio (Drawing, Photography, Printmaking), 3D Studio (Art metals, Ceramics, Fibers, Functional Design), Design; B.A., B.S. Art; Minor Studio Art
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point - Degrees Offered: B.A. Art with Studio Art Emphasis; B. F. A. Art with 2D (Drawing, Painting), 3D (Ceramics, Sculpture), Communications with Media Studies, Design & Technology, Graphic Design; B.S. Web Design & Digital Media (WDMD) with Design or Technical Focus
More Wisconsin Drawing related programs to consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for Wisconsin Artists Specializing in Drawing
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports salary and employment information for artists and designers as a “major group,” and fine artists as a “subgroup.” Artists working in drawing/illustration are in the fine artists subgroup. According to the latest report by the Bureau (March 29, 2012), Wisconsin is home to 32,900 artists and designers, up from 31,040 in 2002. They average $42,470 per year, up from $34,740 in 2002.
Wisconsin’s 150 salaried fine artists average $39,500 per year, up from $33,500 in 2002. It is important to note that hundreds of Wisconsin-based fine artists work independently. In fact, the art industry attracts more independent workers than any other field. These individuals may make more or less than average based on a variety of factors from location to job title. For example, Wisconsin-based fine artists working as art directors average $68,850 per year, while artists (drawing/illustration) working in industrial design average $56,040 per year.
Artists in the drawing industry may find employment opportunities just about anywhere in the State of Wisconsin, but some of the most lucrative positions can be found in Milwaukee—the state’s largest city, Madison (#2), and Green Bay (#3). Other principal cities worth exploring include Kenosha, Racine, and Appleton.