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The arts are a living and vital part of Millikin's culture, as almost a quarter of Millikin students study within the College of Fine Arts. With art shows, concerts, theatre productions, and presentations every week, our campus is alive with the talents of our fine arts students. All students are welcome to experience the arts at Millikin through these venues, as well as through on-campus courses and off-campus and study abroad experiences. Through our vast array of musical, theatrical, and visual arts, students are continually being challenged and changed for the better in the College of Fine Arts.

Art Department

Art Department

Millikin's Art Department offers excellent opportunities for students to grow and develop their artistic talents. A visit to our campus and a meeting with art faculty will show you exactly why we have the reputation of being one of the best small art schools in Illinois.

Arts Technology Department

Arts Technology Department

Where students are challenged to use creativity, innovation, and technology to design media and original content that solves artistic and business problems. A degree in Arts Technology will prepare students to work in a variety of arts, business, and entertainment industries.

School of Music

School of Music

The Mission of the School of Music is to develop the whole musician – artistically, intellectually, technically – through the integration of theory and practice in an environment where students become active learners through their relationships with faculty, who themselves continue to grow as artists, scholars, and teachers.

School of Theatre and Dance

School of Theatre & Dance

Our School of Theatre & Dance is a nationally-recognized program, offering conservatory style training rooted in a liberal arts education. Our approach to education offers students valuable insight and hands-on experiences that will prepare them for professional success.

Arts at Millikin

See the Arts Come Alive

View all of Millikin's upcoming art events from the School of Theatre and Dance, School of Music, Art Department, and Kirkland Fine Arts Center below. Stay up-to-date with Arts@Millikin, which is a monthly newsletter administered by the College of Fine Arts to share news and happenings across all of our programs and venues at Millikin.

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CFA by the Numbers

  • Among top 13 musical theatre programs outside of Manhattan by American Theatre Magazine 
  • 100% career outcomes rate in College of Fine Arts
  • Top 10 BFA musical theatre college in the nation & best in Illinois by OnStage Blog
  • Top 10 schools for musical theatre majors in the nation by College Magazine
  • Top 5 college for music majors in Illinois by Zippia​
  • Ranked 23rd top private university in the nation to offer the most creative arts scholarship aid by Studen Loan Report
 

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Art Venues

The arts are a living and vital part of Millikin's culture, as almost a quarter of Millikin students study within the College of Fine Arts. With art shows, concerts, theatre productions, and presentations every week, our campus is alive with the talents of our fine arts students. All students are welcome to experience the arts at Millikin through these venues, as well as through on-campus courses and off-campus and study abroad experiences. Through our vast array of musical, theatrical, and visual arts, students are continually being challenged and changed for the better in the College of Fine Arts.

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

The Center is home to a 1,903 seat auditorium and houses several music and choral facilities, lecture halls, art galleries, and other multipurpose rooms.

Kaeuper Hall

Kaeuper Hall

Kaeuper Hall hosts weekly School of Music recitals, guest instrumental and vocal performances, opera rehearsals, and other intimate concerts.

Perkinson Art Gallery

Perkinson Art Gallery

The Perkinson Art Gallery is a premiere venue for the exhibition of visual art and cultural events in central Illinois.

Lower Gallery

Lower Gallery

The Lower Gallery is used for Senior Fine Arts shows and guest artists, located opposite of the Perkinson Art Gallery down a set of steps.

Albert Taylor Theatre

Albert Taylor Theatre

Annual productions by the School of Theatre & Dance, School of Music, and Opera Program are all held in this theatre as well as lectures, classes, and rehearsals.

Blue Connection

Blue Connection

Blue Connection is Millikin University’s retail art gallery located in the Madden Arts Center in Downtown Decatur.

BC Studios

BC Studios

BC Studios is Millikin University's arts and business incubator located in the lower level of Blue Connection.

Perkinson Music Center

Perkinson Music Center

School of Music is the only all-Steinway school in Illinois and features a computer-assisted lab equipped with the latest music technology available.

Studio Gallery

Studio Gallery

A multi-functional gallery space used for impromptu art class critiques, student senior exhibits, and formal juried exhibits by visiting artists.

Birks Museum

Birks Museum

The museum was founded for the purpose of storing and sharing timeless works of art and craft with the University as well as the community, both local and global.

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

The Center is home to a 1,903 seat auditorium and houses several music and choral facilities, lecture halls, art galleries, and other multipurpose rooms. Kirkland Fine Arts Center has brought in many nationally acclaimed musical tours including Rent, 42nd Street, Grease, Godspell, Side by Side by Sondheim, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, and many others. World renowned entertainers such as Trace Adkins, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Vicki Lawrence, and others have also performed at the Center.

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CFA News

Millikin Percussion Ensemble
Campus | College of Fine Arts | Community
Percussion Ensemble Synergy concert combines music and machines
February 9, 2018, 9:45am
Concert to celebrate a century of futuristic, mechanical music for percussion Kirkland Fine Arts Center and the Millikin University School of Music will present the Percussion Ensembles'...
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Millikin New Musicals Workshop
Academic | College of Fine Arts | Spotlight
Shaping Musical Materials
February 2, 2018, 9:45am
Millikin's New Musicals Workshop elevates collaboration Collaboration is the hallmark of Millikin University's New Musicals Workshop immersion course. For more than a decade, students and...
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Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
Campus | College of Fine Arts | Community
MDSO concert debuts Young Artist Competition Winners
January 29, 2018, 12:45pm
Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra concert to feature the music of Mozart The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will continue its 2017-2018 performance season with a Masterworks...
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