Fine Arts

Area of Performing, Visual & Communicative Arts

The fine arts major develops students’ God-given personalities and talents by increasing their appreciation for and knowledge of human creativity. In addition to being taught fundamental skills, theories, principles, and technologies, students learn the history and current trends in the arts.


Students acquire a strong foundation in visual art skills, insights, and overall aesthetic awareness, and have the opportunity to showcase their work in local galleries. Students are prepared to apply to graduate school or to pursue careers as professional artists. Some work in gallery or museums, arts organizations, and free-lance art.

Students interested in an Art scholarship should submit a portfolio of their work to the Admissions Office. For more information, call 1.800.262.8337.

Film Studies

Students prepare for film and cinema careers through courses in screenwriting, film history, documentary film, and film and television criticism. In recent years, Milligan students have entered films in independent film festivals throughout the U.S. and many study at the Los Angeles Film Studies Program.

Students who would like to be considered for a Film Studies scholarship should contact Carrie Swanay by email at


The curriculum is taught from an artistic standpoint that prepares students for several music-related careers. Graduates can use their knowledge of basic music theory, solo and ensemble performance practice, and popular and historical music literature for careers in musical theatre, vocal or instrumental coaching, or to assist in studio work.

Students interested in auditioning for Music should contact Rita Myers in the Music Office to schedule an individual audition and receive additional information about the audition requirements. The Music Office phone number is 423.461.8723.

For more information on music scholarships, click here.


Skills in both traditional and digital photography are taught from an artistic standpoint. One of only a few Christian colleges offering a photography major, Milligan students have consistently won juried shows and had their work featured in Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography Annual.

Students interested in being considered for a Photography scholarship should submit a portfolio to the Admission Office. For more information, call 1.800.262.8337.


Productions have been featured at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and graduates are involved in national touring companies, regional theatre, and various fine arts fields throughout the U.S. The Milligan College Theatre for Young Audiences has been touring elementary schools for over 20 years. Another 20-year tradition is the annual student-directed Festival of One Act Plays and Short Films.

Students who would like to be considered for a Theatre scholarship should contact the Admissions Office to set up an audition and learn more about audition requirements. For more information, call 1.800.262.8337.