Personal Enrichment Programs

Programs in the arts, languages, writing, and more that will enrich your experience as a lifelong learner

Continuing Studies nearly 400 personal enrichment programs per year enable you to explore new interests, develop new skills, and enrich your life. Students of all ages enjoy unique learning experiences year-round through Madison-area classes, online learning, festivals and conferences, educational travel, and more.

At a glance

What: Engaging experiences in multiple media for lifelong learners of all ages and interests

Who: Taught by highly qualified UW-Madison faculty, researchers, experts, and professional practitioners in each program area

Where/when: Throughout the year in Madison-area face-to-face programs as well as dozens of online classes

Questions? Email info@dcs.wisc.edu or call 608‑262‑1156

Interested in learning more about how music really works? Music instructor Jaimie Henke talks about some basic music theory concepts, explored fully in her new online class How Music Works.

Special programs
Spring, summer, and fall weekends featuring workshops taught by renowned UW-Madison Continuing Studies instructors.
For more than 50 years, SOA has provided creative nourishment to thousands of artists and seekers to satisfy their curiosity and cultivate their muses.
An anthology featuring the works of writers and artists tied to the unique environs of Wisconsin’s rolling hills and other Midwest prairies.
Community theatre managing directors gather at UW-Madison to work together, share stories of challenges and solutions, learn about other theatre operations and meet colleagues from across the country.

Program Areas

Art
Revisit an old hobby, advance your technique, or try something completely different with a UW-Madison Continuing Studies art class.

Dance & Theatre
World-class theatre and dance instruction and innovative programming for professionals and the public.

Humanities
Explore and experience the best of history, literature, and culture through classes, lectures, and travel.

Languages
Experience the satisfaction of learning another language and exploring another culture.

Music
High-quality instruction and innovative programming in classical, folk, and world music.

Travel
Experience breathtaking scenery and landmarks, behind-the-scenes insight from experienced guides, and world-class performances.

Writing
Helping writers across the world improve their craft and achieve their professional goals.