Media Arts

Media Arts is a part of Art and Design Education. The rationale for it to have it’s own page is rooted in the ever-changing access and utilization of technology and processes to create, communicate, and investigate art.

Wisconsin continues to be vigilant in its pursuit of effective arts practices and resources to assist in the growth of students in the arts. Media Arts programs, as in Art and Design Education, include Visual Thinking in the areas of:

  • Design (Utilitarian Art through environment design like architecture, landscape, urban planning, interior design, etc.; object design like products, furniture, transportation, fashion, appliances, etc.; information design like publications, websites, video, film, photography, etc.; and experience design like interactive exhibits, toys, games, events, theme parks, etc.)
  • Visual Communication (Information Art involving maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, media tools etc.)
  • Visual Culture (Everyday Art exploring one’s own and other’s culture which may involve crafts, festivals, costumes, mascots, lawn decorations, folk art, etc.)
  • Fine Art (Professional Art through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, media arts, and so on)

Specific media arts information is available within portions of two publications - Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Art and Design (2000), and A Guide to Curriculum Planning in Art Education. You may purchase each guide at DPI Publication Sales or 800-243-8782. An updated version of Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Art and Design Education is anticipated to be released at the end of 2012.


This page is a work in progress, focusing on tools, resources, and effective educational strategies, and examples that support media arts and technology use in the arts. For further information about media arts in Wisconsin, follow the links on the left of this page.

If you have any questions or wish to share your ideas about media arts and technology use in the arts, please contact Julie Palkowski (608) 261-7494.