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Art (Studio)

The Art and Art History Department at Mills College includes both studio art and art history majors. The Studio Art Program is idea based and intended to balance formal and conceptual approaches. The program focuses on the creative process, critical thinking, and visual ideas. Students learn the use of materials and techniques to facilitate their creative ideas. Historical and contemporary art are studied so that the student understands the context of her own work.

Studio Art Major

Students work with professional, internationally recognized artists and teachers in the areas of painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, new genres, and electronic arts. The Art Department also offers the Correnah W. Wright Lecture Series on Contemporary Art, which features prominent artists and writers (speakers to date have included Dave Hickey, Fred Wilson, Catherine Opie, May Stevens, Komar and Melamid, Dinh Q. Le, and Shahzia Sikander). The Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism brings an additional distinguished speaker to campus each year (speakers to date have included Lucy R. Lippard, Linda Nochlin, Vishakha Desai, Elizabeth Cropper, Alberto Manguel, Apinan Poshyananda, Whitney Chadwick, Deborah Willis, Wu Hung, Catherine de Zegher, and Greil Marcus). Art students can enrich their academic experience through participation in Mills-affiliated study abroad programs in Europe and Asia, and through exchange programs with colleges on the East Coast. On campus, the Mills College Art Museum provides students with experience in all phases of museum work, including curatorial duties, installation, and cataloging. To support students' research interests, the Visual Resources library offers digital access to Mills' collection of images illustrating arts and cultures worldwide.

Mills College’s innovative Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs allow you to earn a master’s degree in one additional year of study. Combining a master’s degree with a liberal arts undergraduate education prepares you for career success and increased options upon graduation. Mills students in this major should consider one of these options:
Business Management (MBA)
Teacher Education
Interdisciplinary Computer Science
Public Policy

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Last Updated: 11/6/15