Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art is designed for the student who wants a well-rounded experience in the visual arts. This program emphasizes a broad-based educational experience that offers flexibility in terms of coursework in the arts.

Plans of Study

BA Art

Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Intro to Studio Art A course designed for non-art majors to fulfill the general education requirement in fine arts. Emphasis is on studio experiences in painting, watercolor, handbuilt pottery, raku firing, linoleum prints, silk- screen and selected craft techniques. May not be counted toward a major in art. (AR107)
Ceramics: Handbuilding Introductory courses to gain experience in basic forming processes, glazing and firing techniques used in clay medium. Assignments, lectures and demonstrations emphasize pinch pots, coil building and slab construction. Experience in raku, salt, and high temperature kiln firings included. (AR121)
Production Techniques Examination of production techniques through simulated job experiences. Emphasis on skill development and the understanding and application of such processes as paste-up, the use of color overlays, screen overlays and halftone overlays, transfer lettering, mechanical inking, keylining and design methodology. Studio and lecture. (AR125)
Computer Art and Design Orientation Designed to apply computer technology to solving visual problems in fine arts and graphic design. Emphasis is on individual expression and acquiring skills to effectively communicate through computer graphics. Students are introduced to fundamentals of computer graphics through lecture, presentation, discussion and hands-on experiences. (AR201)
Figure Drawing Introduction to the study of the human form through drawing. Emphasis on the development of basic skills used in representational drawing of the figure. Attention will be given to the development of formal and technical skills including: line quality, use of value, composition, anatomy & structure, and figure/ ground relationships. Pre-requisite: AR103, 104, 105, 106. (AR213)
Printmaking A series of courses (beginning through advanced) in printmaking designed to introduce students to various techniques and materials used in the print as a fine art form. Continued development of imagery and integration of multiple techniques are encouraged beyond the beginning level. Emphasis on monotype, collagraph, drypoint, relief, and etching, as well as exploration of other printmaking and drawing techniques. Pre-requisite: AR103 and 104. (AR215)
Painting A series of courses (beginning through advanced) in the study of various concepts and techniques used in painting. Emphasis on the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to form a personal approach to expression through the medium of painting. Topics covered include: color (local, expressive), color temperature, light on form, inventing form. Pre-requisite: AR103, 104, and 213/214 or consent of instructor. (AR217)
Introduction to Photography Introduces student to basics of black-and-white photography. Through lectures, demonstrations and hands- on experiences, students learn skills necessary to use a 35 mm camera, develop film and accomplish a variety of darkroom processes. Emphasis is on learning how to compose photographically and the technical skills necessary to present finished photographs. (AR235)
Beginning Digital Photography This class is an introduction to digital photography.  Both technical and aesthetic issues will be covered, including the understanding and use of digital cameras and their applications, such as using proper exposure techniques and lighting, depth of field, and shutter speed.  Students will also review the principles of design and elements of composition to show how they apply to the craft of photography.

Historical photographers, as they relate to the various assignments, will be discussed along with photographic history.  Digital outputting and portfolio preparation will also be taught along with an introduction to Photoshop. (AR236)
Intro to Sculpture A series of studies offering investigation into materials and contemporary issues in three-dimensional art. A context is presented for the exploration of creative concerns and instruction on the uses of various tools and equipment including electric and gas welding. (AR241)
Ancient and Medieval Art History Art and architecture from prehistoric times through the Gothic period. (AR301)
European Art: 14th-18th Century Painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy and the North during the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods. (AR302)
Modern Art: 19th-20th Century Painting, sculpture and architecture from Romanticism through World War II. (AR303)
Contemporary Art History Survey of developments in American and European visual art from World War II to the present. Students examine critical issues along with style and meaning in contemporary art. (AR304)
Non-Western Art History An introduction to the art and culture of Africa, India, China, Japan, Oceania, Ancient America & Native America, with emphasis both on style and the way in which the art functions in each of these societies. (AR305)
Figure Drawing A series of courses in the continuation of the study of the human form. Emphasis on individualized approach to drawing the figure as an art form. Attention will be given to exploration of figure/ ground relationships, development of expressive content, uses of narrative, and relationship of imagery to technique. Pre-requisite: AR213 or 214. (AR313)
Printmaking A series of courses (beginning through advanced) in printmaking designed to introduce students to various techniques and materials used in the print as a fine art form. Continued development of imagery and integration of multiple techniques are encouraged beyond the beginning level. Emphasis on monotype, collagraph, drypoint, relief, and etching, as well as exploration of other printmaking and drawing techniques. Pre-requisite: AR103 and 104. (AR315)
Painting A series of courses (beginning through advanced) in the study of various concepts and techniques used in painting. Emphasis on the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to form a personal approach to expression through the medium of painting. Topics covered include: color (local, expressive), color temperature, light on form, inventing form. Pre-requisite: AR103, 104, and 213/214 or consent of instructor. (AR317)
Typography This course is an investigation of typography's unique ability to be informative, expressive, and experimental for the student designer.  Hands-on projects, using the computer as a design tool, include typesetting, designing with type, and creating special effects.  Students will gain an understanding of the historical significance of typography and its role in human written communication.  They will also learn generally accepted rules and guidelines used by professional typographers and designers as applied to publication within all media. (AR326)
Computer Art and Design: Creative Concepts Continuation of Art 201. Emphasis on using skills and knowledge previously gained to develop more personalized computer graphic imagery. Students will perform in-depth research in selected visual-subject areas ranging from 2-D drawing and paint programs and 3-D modeling applications, to multi-media presentations. Pre-requisite: AR201 and consent of instructor. (AR327)
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing A series of courses in the use of the potter's wheel as a tool for artistic expression. Continued emphasis will be placed on glazing and firing in relationship to wheel-thrown objects. Pre-requisite: AR121 or 122. (AR331)
Intro to Sculpture A series of studies offering investigation into materials and contemporary issues in three-dimensional art. A context is presented for the exploration of creative concerns and instruction on the uses of various tools and equipment including electric and gas welding. (AR341)
Blue Connection Students enrolled in AR/ET/MC 390 are the Leadership Team of Blue connection, Millikin's student-run retail art gallery.  The Leadership Team meets weekly to establish goals, set timelines, and execute plans in addition to presenting a monthly report to Blue Connections' Board.  Emphasis is placed on strategic planning, opportunity recognition, and ownership. (AR390)
Art Therapy Seminar A survey of the theories, techniques and applications of art therapy. Emphasis will be on evaluation and assessment procedures, experimental examinations and client-therapist relations. Through discussion, personal exploration, lecture and presentation, the student will gain experience in fundamentals of the therapeutic relationship, group dynamics and the use of art as therapy. (AR400)
Figure Drawing A series of courses in the continuation of the study of the human form. Emphasis on individualized approach to drawing the figure as an art form. Attention will be given to exploration of figure/ ground relationships, development of expressive content, uses of narrative, and relationship of imagery to technique. Pre-requisite: AR213 or 214. (AR413)
Printmaking A series of courses (beginning through advanced) in printmaking designed to introduce students to various techniques and materials used in the print as a fine art form. Continued development of imagery and integration of multiple techniques are encouraged beyond the beginning level. Emphasis on monotype, collagraph, drypoint, relief, and etching, as well as exploration of other printmaking and drawing techniques. Pre-requisite: AR103 and 104. (AR415)
Painting A series of courses (beginning through advanced) in the study of various concepts and techniques used in painting. Emphasis on the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to form a personal approach to expression through the medium of painting. Topics covered include: color (local, expressive), color temperature, light on form, inventing form. Pre-requisite: AR103, 104, and 213/214 or consent of instructor. (AR417)
Intro to Sculpture A series of studies offering investigation into materials and contemporary issues in three-dimensional art. A context is presented for the exploration of creative concerns and instruction on the uses of various tools and equipment including electric and gas welding. (AR441)