March 15, 2022 at 11:45am
Dane Lisser

New School to unite Millikin Art Department with Arts Technology and Administration program

Millikin University is launching a new School of Art and Creative Media that will provide shared resources for artists, makers, storytellers and leaders who wish to enrich the world with their creativity.

Beginning in the fall 2022 semester, the School of Art and Creative Media will unite the strengths of Millikin's Art Department with those of the rapidly expanding Arts Technology and Administration program to integrate innovative scholarship and artistic practice being done by students and faculty.

"The new School of Art and Creative Media provides exciting new opportunities to fully embrace and expand upon the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary art, scholarship and teaching that have become a hallmark of our arts programs," said Millikin University Provost Mary Black. "Faculty in our arts and media programs continue to find new and innovative ways to prepare students for careers and lives in the arts in the 21st century, and interdisciplinary collaboration is key to that innovation."

Millikin University's curriculum offerings have vastly expanded in media arts and arts entrepreneurship over the past four years with new majors and revamped programs presented each year. The School of Art and Creative Media's multidisciplinary approach helps ensure that Millikin graduates will continue to be prepared for the evolving job market while leading fulfilling lives using their creative skills.

"We're very excited about the possibilities of this merger. Faculty expertise, equipment and technology, and the enormous creative energy of our students will come together to provide not only efficiencies but, more importantly, a positive impact on students preparing to enter the creative economy," said Laura Ledford, dean of the College of Fine Arts at Millikin.

"Career opportunities are expanding for creatives across all media, and we must respond by providing the skills our students need to succeed as versatile, collaborative professionals."

The School of Art and Creative Media will offer students an opportunity to explore exciting career paths from art therapy to arts management, to creative media communication to intermedia studio art, while also supporting the traditional fine arts.

"Just in the last five years, Millikin has grown to have multiple Macintosh labs on campus, new production studios for film and photography, and state-of-the-art audio recording sound equipment," said Jessa Wilcoxen, associate professor and chair of the Arts Technology and Administration Department at Millikin. "Artists, publishers, storytellers and media makers have opportunities to showcase and sell their works through our celebrated student-run art gallery, and our new student-run businesses in audio communication, film production and media creation."

Lyle Salmi, professor and chair of the Millikin Art Department, noted, "The School of Art and Creative Media recognizes the importance of the synergies and creative possibilities within both the traditional fine arts and the newer creative endeavors of arts technology and media."

In addition to its curriculum offerings, the School of Art and Creative Media will create a pathway for undergraduates to accelerate their careers in arts management through a new accelerated Arts Administration/Master of Business Administration (MBA) 3+1 dual degree program.

The School of Art and Creative Media will also expand offerings on the following subjects: animation, character design, data visualization, game and app design, cinematography, screenwriting, arts management, sound design, audio engineering, podcasting, media communication, sports media, commercial photography and directing.

"Millikin University's Performance Learning approach will be at the center of the School of Art and Creative Media, focusing on the core values of community, professionalism and future-oriented practices," said Laura Ledford.

For more information about Millikin University's School of Art and Creative Media, visit millikin.edu/art-creative-media.