Lakeland College


Whether you’re a classical artist who paints, sculpts or draws, or an artist whose canvas is a computer screen, Lakeland College will help you flourish. Our two art major options – art with a studio emphasis and art with a graphic design emphasis – are designed to meet your specific needs and make you stand out to potential employers in your chosen profession. “I think what most parents ask is, why would you major in art? What can you do with this?” says Denise Presnell-Weidner, associate professor of art. “Is there a career? Is there a future in this? Well, today, especially in the area of graphics, there are a lot of jobs in that area. Graphics are everywhere.”

Broad spectrum knowledge

All art majors at Lakeland College will learn time-tested art theories and techniques. Traditional classes in design, drawing, color theory and art history are in the core academic mix. Later, students gravitate toward their true artistic love.

“Then the students will discover what they really want to do,” says Presnell-Weidner, who has served Lakeland College 24 years. “Do they want to work on a computer all the time or would they rather sculpt or paint?”

Lakeland features a “Mac Lab” that includes the latest software for graphic design applications.

Says Presnell-Weidner: “We’ve learned how to bring both contemporary ideas into our program while maintaining the traditional programs that make a strong art student a strong graduate.”


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Art Major–Studio Emphasis (44–46 semester hours)

  • ART 101 Drawing I
  • ART 151 Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 152 Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 201 Drawing II
  • ART 222 Ceramic Arts I
  • ART 242 Color Theory
  • ART 246 Painting I
  • ART 263 Art History I
  • ART 264 Art History II
  • ART 267 Watercolor I
  • ART 339 Portfolio Preparation (Writing Intensive)
  • ART 351 Printmaking I
  • ART 400 Internship in Art (1–3 semester hours)
  • ART 401 Senior Exhibit (1 semester hour)

Two additional courses from the following:
(At least one course must be from Group A.):

Group A

  • ART323 Ceramic Arts II
  • ART346 Painting II
  • ART367 Watercolor II
  • ART451 Printmaking II

Group B

  • ART203 Image Editing/Photoshop
  • ART204 Digital Illustration/Illustrator
  • ART251 Digital Photography
  • ART301 Drawing III
  • ART446 Painting III
  • ART467 Watercolor III

Art Major–Graphic Arts Emphasis (44–46 semester hours)

  • ART 101 Drawing I
  • ART 103 Digital Page Layout/InDesign
  • ART 151 Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 203 Image Editing/Photoshop
  • ART 204 Digital Illustration/Illustrator
  • ART 242 Color Theory
  • ART 263 Art History I
  • ART 264 Art History II
  • ART 302 Communication Graphics
  • ART 315 Typography
  • ART 339 Portfolio Preparation (Writing Intensive)
  • ART 375 Illustration
  • ART 400 Internship in Art (1–3 semester hours)
  • ART 401 Senior Exhibit (1 semester hour)

Two additional courses from the following:

  • ART246 Painting I
  • ART251 Digital Photography
  • ART267 Watercolor I
  • ART304 Advanced Digital Design
  • ART351 Printmaking I
  • ART400 Internship in Art (A second, 3-credit internship)

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Recent Grads, Real Careers

Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland College art students from recent graduating classes have landed:

  • Pattern designer, Wigwam Mills
  • Graphic artist, Orion Energy Systems
  • Graphic artist, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Artist, Square Enix/Squaresoft
  • Restoration artist, John Michael Kohler Art Center
  • Graphic artist, American Girl Magazine
  • Graphic artist, RLO Sign, Inc.
  • Art instructor, Shobu Gakuen-Nui Project
  • Art foundation instructor, Northern Illinois University
  • Subcontractor, iCandy Graphics & Web Design

Listed below are some of the internships Lakeland College art students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:

  • Bardon Bowling Center - Howards Grove, Wis. Art
  • Dynamic Development - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Elevate Hair Studio - Appleton, Wis.
  • Kohler Co. - Kohler, Wis.
  • Lakeland College Mirror newspaper - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Silver Water Productions - Plymouth, Wis.
  • ZDO - Sheboygan, Wis.

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Snapshot of Success

Name: Hiroe Terasawa

Hometown: Yamagata, Japan

Title: Sock designer

Business: Wigwam Socks (Sheboygan, Wis.)

Ever since she was a little girl, Hiroe says, she dreamed of living in the United States and using her creative ability to build a career. Through hard work and talent, that dream is coming true.

Fresh off her graduation in May, 2013, Hiroe is working full time in the marketing department at Wigwam Socks, designing women’s casual and ski socks. She has created more than 20 unique sock designs so far, some of which could end up in the marketplace.

“I love this job,” says Hiroe, who earned her Lakeland degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. “This is exactly what I want to do, and the people I work with are very nice.”

With assistance from Lakeland College Associate Professor of Art Denise Presnell-Weidner, Hiroe interviewed for – and earned – the paid, post-graduate internship position in March, 2013.

Lakeland’s faculty members and the career development office helped Hiroe prepare for the interview, she says. Her college curriculum, which included extensive training in Adobe software programs such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, prepared her for the job she’s enjoying so much today.

Hiroe’s Lakeland College journey actually began at Lakeland College Japan, in Tokyo. After earning her Associate of Arts degree, she transferred to Lakeland College’s main campus in Sheboygan.

“Everything was new to me,” she recalls about her move to Wisconsin. “Food, culture, language, everything I did at Lakeland was challenging for me. I tried my best all the time, so my college life could be full and exciting. I believe my efforts are paying off.”

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Art at Lakeland

When our art students produce great work, we like to make sure it's seen and appreciated by others.

At Lakeland, excellence is regularly showcased, through our senior exhibits and the school year-ending student exhibition. That popular annual event, at the Bradley Art Gallery, features up to 500 pieces of students' "A" level work from all disciplines of art.

Senior exhibits provide our talented graduating artists with the opportunity to display their work to peers and visiting family and friends. Each senior gives a brief presentation and answers questions from members of the audience.

"The students prepare the work, they put the work up themselves, they do their own labeling, their own lighting, their own advertising, and it's really on their shoulders," Presnell-Weidner says.

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