Academics | Integrated Arts | Arts on Campus Website | Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program | Creative Arts and Design Learning Community | Awards in the Creative Arts | Wisconsin Film Festival | Madison Early Music Festival | The Pleasure of His Company: Our Love Affair with William Shakespeare and the First Folio - Shakespeare in Wisconsin


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, from Art, Art History, Dance, Design Studies, Film Studies, to Literary Arts, Music and Theatre and Drama.

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Integrated Arts

The Arts Institute is the administrative home to the Integrated Arts subject listing guidelines (495). This interdisciplinary listing primarily support courses offered through Institute programs such as the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program or The Studio Creative Arts and Design residential learning community, but can also be used for interdisciplinary arts courses that cannot be appropriately located in a subject listing devoted to a single topic.

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Arts on Campus Website

Arts on Campus is an ARTS hub website, which includes an event calendar along with links to various arts departments, disciplines, galleries, and performance spaces. As part of the Arts on Campus outreach, we also offer the Campus Arts Card, which is sold for only $40 for UW students and $80 for faculty/staff for the academic year. The use of the card encourages members of the UW community to experience a variety of art disciplines at a substantial discount.

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Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program

The Arts Institute’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) brings innovative world-class artists to campus for a semester-long residency, which is sponsored by at least two departments. While in residence, artists teach a three-credit interdisciplinary course, present public events and participate in community outreach. The program gives students exposure to working artists, provides course credit and strengthens programmatic ties among individual departments, programs and other campus and community arts entities. Since the fall of 1999, the program has offered 30 semester-length residencies, each comprised of courses and public events.

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Creative Arts and Design Learning Community

In the fall of 2012, the Arts Institute partnered with UW-Madison’s Division of University Housing to introduce a new residential learning community for students interested in the arts. The Creative Arts & Design Learning Community: “The Studio” is located in Sellery Hall. Each year, over 60 freshmen are welcomed to the residence including first-year First Wave students. Residents have access to newly renovated art and performance spaces along with a variety of arts-related programming, taking part in a wide array of cultural enrichment and creative arts projects. Favorite events and projects include “Project Thrift” (an up-cycled fashion show), The Studio Showcases and The Hive (a mural project). A majority of the residents also participate in a one-credit survey course.

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Awards in the Creative Arts

The Arts Institute provides research support to faculty, staff and students in the arts. Each spring, the Arts Institute recognizes achievements and professional service along with supporting future creative endeavors and research.

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Wisconsin Film Festival

Established in 1999, the Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF) is the largest university-produced film festival in the United States with an average of 150 film screenings and up to 30,000 attendees. One of the region’s iconic events of the year, the Wisconsin Film Festival brings more than the cool factor to Madison. The 2013 report from the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau determined the economic impact: $1.17 million! The Arts Institute, in partnership with the Department of Communication Arts, presents the WFF every spring. The Festival is known for its diverse film offerings: American independent, international cinema, documentaries, experimental and avant-garde, resorted classics, the Wisconsin’s Own Competition (selections featuring Wisconsin filmmakers, themes, or settings) and Children’s Cinema: Big Screens, Little Folks. The Film Festival strives to make films screened during the Festival accessible for all audiences. The venues for the 2016 Festival include 4070 Vilas Hall, Barrymore Theater, Chazen Museum of Art Auditorium, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Union South Marquee Theater, and Sundance Cinemas. Post-film lectures/Q&A’s with renowned filmmakers, producers, actors, historians, artists, and writers along with a fixed student ticket price help to make this an event on everyone’s Bucky List.

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Madison Early Music Festival

New to the Arts Institute, the Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF) was created in 2000 to provide an opportunity for musicians, scholars, teachers, students and music enthusiasts to study Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music in its social, cultural and political contexts, and to present concerts by acclaimed artists who specialize in historically inspired performance of early music. The next Madison Early Music Festival is held annually in the summer on the UW-Madison campus, featuring a seven-concert series open to the public. Workshops offer in-depth exploration and provide stylistic performance coaching in classes throughout the week. Free pre-concert lectures by renowned musicologists, historians, artists, and linguists make this festival a one-of-a-kind experience. A Handel Aria Competition encourages emerging singers to explore the repertoire of Handel. MEMF provides an opportunity to raise awareness, appreciation and performance experiences of early music to the university and the local, national and international communities.

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The Pleasure of His Company:
Our Love Affair with William Shakespeare and the First Folio
- Shakespeare in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries, UW Arts Institute, and the Chazen Museum of Art, along with other partners across this state, will join together the 400 year legacy worldwide celebration of Shakespeare with the Wisconsin Idea with a Year of Shakespeare in Wisconsin! As one of the exhibition destinations for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s First Folio Tour in 2016, UW-Madison is also helping to coordinate opportunities to experience the influence of Shakespeare across Wisconsin. Shakespeare in Wisconsin 2016 will include state-wide performance experiences, K-12 educational opportunities, among other events, to showcase the ways in which Shakespeare still influences the world, including the lives of those right here in Wisconsin.

On Friday, October 21, Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso, two of the three founders of American Players Theatre, perform The Pleasure of His Company: Our Love Affair with William Shakespeare and the First Folio. This is an evening of personal recollections, signature Shakespearean dramatic scenes and stories of Shakespeare’s influence on their lives and careers for more than four decades.

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