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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying art.


Events & Activities

Throughout the academic year, events organized by the fine arts programs at Mills spotlight work and ideas from students, faculty, and visiting artists. These events also help create an ideal setting for initiating multidisciplinary artistic collaborations. Here’s a sample:

  • Lecture Series—Meet influential and innovative artists, art critics, and curators on campus.
  • Mills College Arts Association—Members of this club develop their artistic practices and professional skills through events like grant-writing workshops, participation in open studios, and panel discussions.
  • Senior Thesis Exhibition—Art majors organize the exhibition and show their best work in the Mills College Art Museum.
  • Off-Campus Trips—Visit world-class art museums with organized class field trips or on your own. Meet artists at open studio events, or join the First Friday gallery crawl in Uptown Oakland.

Access to Facilities & Equipment

As an art student, you’ll have use of the unmatched facilities of the Aron Art Center, including:

  • Classroom studios for photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture (including wood and metal shops and an intermedia/installation room)
  • Laboratories for work in video and new genres
  • The Mills College Art Museum, which holds more than 10,000 works of art and provides students with experience in all phases of museum work
  • Slide Space 123, featuring student exhibitions as well as work by artists who pose new problems and connect the Mills community with current trends across multiple disciplines
What Can I Do with a Studio Art Degree from Mills?

Graduates of our Studio Art Program include internationally collected, professional artists such as mixed-media painter Jennifer Losch Bartlett. In addition to creating fine art, our alumnae pursue careers in arts education, arts administration, graphic design, marketing, technology, and many other fields. They’ve used the communication, critical-thinking, and creative skills gained at Mills to succeed in such positions as:


Associate Director of Admissions
ArtCenter College of Design

Curator of the Arts
California Institute of Integral Studies

Learning Technologist
Google Fiber

Outreach Presenter 
Junior Center of Art and Science, Oakland

Marketing Strategist
OnMarket Solutions

Program Developer
Siskiyou County Arts Council

Digital Media Developer
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Art Teacher
Castro Valley Unified School District

Visual Merchandising Manager
J.Crew

Graphic Artist
L3 Technologies

Psychotherapist and Clinical Social Worker
Richmond Area Multi-Services

Gallery Director
Umpqua Valley Arts Center