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The major in fine arts at Milligan 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. A student may major in fine arts (see concentrations below) and/or minor in art, film, music, photography, or theatre arts.

As a fine arts major (B.A.), you’ll learn:

  • the fundamental skills, theories, principles, and technologies necessary in the making of art, film, music, photography, or theatre
  • formulate a personal philosophy and aesthetic direction for your art
  • understand the link between art making and the study of art history and current trends in art
  • construct intelligent standards for the critical evaluation of art

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The strength of the fine arts major lies in its interdisciplinary nature. A student may choose from five areas of concentration when declaring a fine arts major:


Students completing the fine arts program with a concentration 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.

Milligan offers a teacher licensure program in visual arts for grades K-12. Those interested in licensure to teach must major in Fine Arts with a concentration 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.


Students prepare for film and film 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.

A fine arts concentration in gives students a solid foundation in the three primary disciplines within studies: film history, film theory, and film production. This course of study examines 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 One Act and Film Festival. Along with a semester of study at the Los Angeles Film Studies program, the concentration will prepare students for application to a graduate film school (where one may earn either a PhD or MFA in ) and eventual employment as a professor of or for work within the motion picture industry.


Applied music study for the Fine Arts-music major may be in voice, piano, organ, guitar, brass, woodwinds, strings, or percussion.



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.

The photography concentration 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.

Theatre Arts

The theatre arts concentration 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.

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 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.


Scholarships are available in some areas, based on the applicant’s talent and ability, academic achievement, and need. Award amounts vary at the discretion of the faculty. Learn more »

For more information, call 800.262.8337 or email admissions@milligan.edu.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan Catalog (link below). The Milligan academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


Additional Opportunities

Los Angeles Film Studies Program (LAFSP)

The Los Angeles Film Studies Center is designed to train students of Council institutions to serve in various aspects of the motion picture industry with both professional skill and Christian integrity. Students live, learn, and work in the LA area near major studios. The curriculum consists of two required courses, a “Hollywood Production Workshop” and a “Seminar on Faith and Artistic Development in Film,” as well as one elective course the student will choose from a variety of offerings in film studies. There is also an internship requirement in various segments of the film industry that will provide the student with hands-on experience. The combination of the internship and seminars allows students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit by participating in this program.

What can I do with a degree in Fine Arts?

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Alice Anthony

Alice Anthony

Associate Professor Emeritus of Art and Communications

Phone: 423.461.8970
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Office: Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts, Lower Level


Richard Major

Richard Major

Professor of Theatre; Director of Drama Productions

Phone: 423.461.8771
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Office: Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts, Lower Level