Fine Arts

Area of Performing, Visual and Communicative Arts

Updated Fall 2013
The fine arts major is designed to contribute to the development of students’ God-given personalities and talents by increasing their appreciation for and knowledge of human creativity. Within that context, the major in fine arts cultivates the development of Christian artists who glorify God by striving for the highest standards of artistic excellence-ministering to people through their art and contributing to the richness and beauty of life, both in the church and in society.

The fine arts major supports the following goals of Milligan College:

Graduates with a fine arts major are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the fundamental skills, theories, principles, and technologies necessary in the making of art, film, music, photography, or theatre;
  2. Demonstrate the capacity to formulate a personal philosophy and aesthetic direction for their art;
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the link between art making and the study of art history and current trends in art;
  4. Be capable of constructing intelligent standards for the critical evaluation of art.

The strength of the fine arts major lies in its interdisciplinary nature. There are five areas of emphasis from which a student may choose when declaring a fine arts major. They are:

The electives within the fine arts major are determined by the students with their advisers to address the specific goals of the students. The fine arts major is available only as a Bachelor of Arts degree; foreign language through the intermediate level is required.

While there is no fine arts minor, a student may minor in art, film studies, music, photography, or theatre arts.

Fine Arts major - B.A.

Art emphasis

Students completing the fine arts program with an emphasis in art acquire a strong foundation in visual art skills, insights, and overall aesthetic awareness. Outstanding students are prepared to apply to graduate school, enabling them to teach college or to pursue careers as professional artists. The art world also provides numerous opportunities to well-trained creative young artists in related art vocations-gallery and museum work, arts organization jobs, and free-lance art.

Required core courses:

Courses required for Art emphasis:

Total number of hours required for a Fine Arts major with an emphasis in Art: 38

K-12 Teacher Licensure in Visual Arts

Milligan College offers a teacher licensure program in visual arts for grades K-12. Those interested in licensure to teach must major in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art. For additional information about the teacher licensure program, including a list of courses required for licensure, see the Education: Licensure Programs section of the catalog.


Film Studies emphasis

A fine arts emphasis in film studies gives students a solid foundation in the three primary disciplines within cinema studies: film history, film theory, and film production. This course of study examines cinema as a medium of artistic expression with a particular focus on developing critical skills centered within a Christian worldview and production skills developed within traditional artistic models.

The program culminates in two senior-level courses where faith and the arts are studied and where the student produces a short film for exhibition at the Milligan College One Act and Film Festival. Along with a semester of study at the Los Angeles Film Studies program, the Film Studies emphasis will prepare students for application to a graduate film school (where one may earn either a PhD or MFA in cinema) and eventual employment as a professor of cinema or for work within the motion picture industry.

Required core courses

Courses required for Film Studies emphasis

Total number of hours required for a Fine Arts major with an emphasis in Film Studies: 38 hrs


Music emphasis

Required core courses

Courses required for Music emphasis

* All Fine Arts: Music majors whose principal instrument is piano must enroll in one semester of organ study. (.5 hr)

**MUSC 101, 102 Piano as Secondary Concentration instead of applied study if the secondary area of concentration is piano (4 hrs)

Total number of hours required for Fine Arts major with an emphasis in Music: 39 hrs

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if applicable), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Applied Study

Applied music study for the Fine Arts-music major may be in voice, piano, organ, guitar, brass, woodwinds, strings, or percussion. Either the principal or the secondary applied area for the Fine Arts-music major must be piano, unless a proficiency (MUSC 207) in piano is demonstrated. Preparation for the proficiency (MUSC 207) in piano is demonstrated. Preparation for the proficiency will be developed through class instruction (MUSC 101, 102, 201 – Piano as a Secondary Concentration) unless it is the judgment of the piano faculty that a student’s substantial background in piano warrants private lessons (MUSC 104 – Applied Study-Piano). All Fine Arts-music majors whose principal instrument is piano must enroll in one semester of organ study.

Each semester of their applied study, Fine Arts-music majors take a jury in their principal applied area, unless they have completed a junior or senior recital after mid-term. Please note that if you choose to continue your principal applied study in future semesters after completing your degree requirements, you will be subject to the course requirements in the syllabus about recital performance, juries, etc. Fine Arts-music majors also take a jury in their secondary area each semester of their applied study, unless their secondary instrument is piano. Students with piano as their secondary concentration take MUSC 207 Piano Proficiency when the professor deems the student prepared.

Ensembles

Fine Arts-music majors must participate for four semester hours in a primary ensemble which uses their particular applied study skill and is approved by their applied professor. (Primary Ensembles: Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Civic Band, and Orchestra.)

Concert and recital attendance (75%/semester of scheduled performances) is required of the Fine Arts-music major for four semesters. Failure to meet all recital attendance requirements results in a half letter grade (5 points) reduction in every music class final average for the semester.

Senior Major Exam:

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students’ achievement of learning outcomes in their major fields of study, will be fulfilled by successfully completing MUSC 490-Senior Project.


Photography emphasis

The photography emphasis is designed to help students acquire skills in various aspects of photography. The curriculum is taught from an artistic viewpoint that gives students the creativity and experience necessary for rewarding futures in photography. Students can use their knowledge to prepare for graduate school in order to teach. Graduates can have their own photography businesses, work for newspapers and magazines, provide supporting services for studios, galleries, theatres, museums, and publishing companies.

Required core courses:

Courses required for Photography emphasis:

Total number of hours required for a Fine Arts major with an emphasis in Photography: 38 hrs


Theatre Arts emphasis

The theatre arts emphasis stresses a basic knowledge and appreciation for all facets of theatre work. Theatre arts graduates can work as actors, costumers, stage managers, set designers, lighting technicians, sound operators, stage carpenters, arts agency promoters, and stage directors, while others can go on to study theatre in graduate school in preparation for teaching or work in professional theatre.

Required core courses:

Courses required for Theatre Arts emphasis:

Total number of hours required for a Fine Arts major with an emphasis in Theatre Arts: 38 hrs

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if applicable), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as described on Pages 41-43of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Senior Major Exam

In lieu of a senior major exam, all fine arts majors must successfully complete the senior fine arts capstone course, ART 421 The Arts, Faith, and Culture.

K-12 Teacher Licensure in Theatre

Milligan College offers a teacher licensure program in theatre for grades K-12. Those interested in licensure to teach must major in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Theatre Arts.

For additional information about the teacher licensure program, including a list of courses required for licensure, see the Theatre Arts and Education: Licensure Programs sections of the catalog.

Additional Opportunities

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Los Angeles Film Studies Program (LAFSP)

This semester-long, 16-credit hour program sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities allows students to study filmmaking in Los Angeles while doing internships at businesses in the entertainment industry. It is recommended that the LAFSP be taken during the first semester of the senior year.