The Visual Arts at Millikin

The Art Department is located in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The painting studio, drawing studio, printmaking studio, a photographic darkroom, and a lighting studio, provide students with the spaces and equipment to work in two-dimensional media. The art history lecture room, a projection room and three art galleries provide a total environment designed to enrich the educational atmosphere of each Millikin student. The ceramics and metal sculpture studios provide for ceramic and three-dimensional art experiences. Graphic design and computer graphics studios are located on the lower level of the Staley Library and offer ideal studio space for these important areas.

Perkinson Gallery, Studio Gallery, and Lower Gallery in Kirkland feature invitational exhibits of national prominence. A multi-media classroom supplements the teaching of art history and art appreciation courses. Student run ventures such as the Blue Connection Gallery, Carriage House Press, and Ignite Design Studios showcase examples of performance learning and entrepreneurship in the arts. This along with art therapy internships at Decatur Memorial Hospital and the the Cancer Care Center provide students with the necessary hands-on real world experiences for professional success.

Degree types

We offer both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. You will want to talk with your academic advisor and think about your long-term career goals when deciding which degree type you'd like to pursue.We incorporate Performance Learning throughout our entire curriculum.

BA learning goals and curriculum

Art Department learning goals are interwoven throughout the art student’s academic curriculum beginning with mandatory foundation courses in Design and Drawing. The BA in Art is meant to be flexible allowing a student with an interest in art to explore possible areas of interest while anchoring their overall academic experience within the liberal arts environment. Specific goals for the BA Art major are as follows:

  • Personal Engagement: demonstrating an effort to gain personal growth and understanding.
  • Technical Skills: developing appropriate techniques with various art media.
  • Time Management: maximizing the use of time, creative energy, and resources.
  • Critical Analysis: formulating intelligent positive and negative responses to personal work as well as work of one’s peers.
  • Professional: working towards a level of professionalism within ones art and consequently seeking out opportunities for professional experiences within one's discipline.

BFA learning goals and curriculum

Art Department learning goals are interwoven throughout and continually reinforced within the art student’s academic curriculum beginning with mandatory foundation courses in Design and Drawing. The expectation for the BFA Art major is to develop a professional quality portfolio focusing on two main areas of emphasis and culminating in a senior exhibition. Areas of emphasis include: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Computer Art/Graphic Design.  Specific goals for the BFA Art major are as follows:

  • Personal Engagement: modeling a commitment to the program, discipline of art, and individual artistic expression in an effort to gain personal growth and understanding.
  • Mastering Technical and Creative Skills: demonstrating a high degree of proficiency of techniques and creativity with various art media.
  • Time Management: making maximum use of time, creative energy, and resources in a professional manner.
  • Critical Analysis: formulating intelligent critiques as responses to one's personal work as well as work of one’s peers.
  • Professional Ethics: encouraging professionalism within one's art and consequently seeking out opportunities for professional experiences within one's discipline.