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Art (Studio)

The Art and Art History Department at Mills College serves both studio art and art history majors. Its Studio Art Program is idea based and intended to balance formal and conceptual approaches, focusing on the creative process, critical thinking, and visual ideas. Students learn how to use materials and techniques to facilitate their creative ideas. Students also study historical and contemporary art in order to understand the context of their 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 and Art History Department also offers the Correnah W. Wright Lecture Series on Contemporary Art, which features prominent artists and writers (speakers to date have included Sophie Calle, Charlotte Cotton, John Divola, Dave Hickey, Komar and Melamid, Paul Kos, Dinh Q. Le, Catherine Opie, Shahzia Sikander, May Stevens, Rob Storr, and Fred Wilson). 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 Whitney Chadwick, Elizabeth Cropper, Catherine de Zegher, Vishakha Desai, Wu Hung, Jonathan D. Katz, Lucy R. Lippard, Alberto Manguel, Greil Marcus, Linda Nochlin, Apinan Poshyananda, and Deborah Willis). 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: 7/20/17