Area of Fine 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 »

Art Scholarship

  • Art major/minor
  • Application Process:
    • Submit Milligan application — must be admitted before scholarship can be offered
    • Submit online art scholarship application
    • Submit portfolio
      • Student can bring physical portfolio with 5-10 pieces (2 of which should be drawings, the rest can be any media)
      • Student may send a CD or flash drive with 5-10 images (2 of which should be drawings, the rest any media)

Cinema Scholarship

  • Film studies major/minor
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide evidence of extracurricular activities
  • Provide evidence of being an active church member
  • Application Process

Photography Scholarship




For more information, call 800.262.8337 or email


Alice Anthony

Alice Anthony

Associate Professor of Art and Communications

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


Richard Major

Richard Major

Professor of Theatre; Director of Drama Productions

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