Art & Design Week

Award-winning professional development event for students in the School of Art & Design.
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Art & Design Week is an annual professional development opportunity for students in the School of Art & Design (SOAD). This award-winning event is a collaboration between UW-Stout Career Services and the School of Art and Design to help connect students with employers, design professionals, and alumni. Industry perspective and feedback is invaluable and includes portfolio reviews, panel discussions, and workshops.

Save the Date: April 14-18, 2025

2024 Agenda Summary

Monday, April 15

  • Designing Your Portfolio for Professional Success
    Join your program director and discover what employers in your industry look for in a portfolio. Get tips on how to successfully present your portfolio. Perfect for those prepping for portfolio review day or anyone looking to get a head start on their portfolio.

Tuesday, April 16

  • Artificial Artistry: Employer Perspectives on AI's Creative Role in Design
    Gain insight from industry professionals who offer diverse perspectives on the ramifications of AI in the design industry. We will explore both the positive and negative implications of AI adoption in creative processes.
    • Panelists:
      • Emily Gross - Interior Designer, MSR Design
      • Justin Smith - UI/UX Director, Modern Impact
      • Ben Lewis - Design Technologies Lead, MSR Design
      • Danny Robashkin, Creative Director, MAKE
    • Moderator: Emily Laird - Web Content Marketing Manager, Lecturer

Wednesday, April 17

  • Program Advisory Committee Meetings 
  • Lunch for PAC Members Only (no students)
  • Portfolio Review Day
  • Panel: Art & Design Graduate School Conversations
    • Panelists (all grad students and UW-Stout alumni):
      • Elizabeth Kelly - Georgia Tech / BFA Industrial Design
      • Sadie Schroeder - Arizona State / BFA Interior Design
      • Natalie Eick - Georgia Tech / BFA Industrial Design
      • Ebonee Rainwater - University of Minnesota / BFA Animation
      • Emily Gordon - University of California-Davis / BFA Studio Art
    • Moderator: Erik Evensen

Thursday, April 18

  • Art Gallery Talk
How Can I Participate in Art & Design Week?

You can sign up to review student portfolios, participate in panel discussions, and host workshops.

Can I interview for an open position?
Art & Design Week is for professional development, not necessarily recruiting. If you are interested in interviewing students, please contact our Recruitment Coordinator, Stef Jax, at or (715) 232-1603.
Can I post a Co-op/Internship or professional position?
UW-Stout Career Services utilizes Handshake to connect our students and employer partners.
  • Post-professional and co-op/internship positions at no cost
  • Request on-campus recruiting interview schedules
  • Register for campus career conferences hosted by our office
  • Connect with our students and alumni
  • Sign in or create an account in Handshake