Art & Design - Undergraduate Degrees
The department of Art & Design at Millersville University offers a new degree, a Bachelor of Design (BDes), and a new major in Interactive and Graphic Design. Interactive & Graphic Design as a discipline has radically changed and has opened up more opportunities for students to learn and design with new technology. By keeping current with technological demands placed on the discipline, graduates with these skills will support an educated workforce that is prepared to contribute to Pennsylvania's economic vitality and supporting the ability for the commonwealth to compete globally. see BDes department page and www.millersvilledesign.com
This BA in Art is a traditional liberal arts degree, which allows students to develop intellectual and creative strengths and plan for future careers within the learning context of the visual arts. Individuals in this degree program develop their skill and knowledge through completion of selected courses in general education, studio art, and art history. Minor studies are often explored in this degree but not limited to Business (Marketing), Industry and Technology (Printing Industry), and Psychology.
Due to the extensive preparation, this degree is considered the "professional" art degree and prepares students to pursue a career or establish their own businesses in art. Graduates may sell their work through various art and craft show circuits, open their own galleries, accept free lance work for clients, or start their own graphic design agencies. Additionally, this program prepares students who wish to continue their education and acquire MA (Master of Art) or MFA (Master of Fine Art).
Concentration areas are available in Ceramics, Drawing, Fine Art Metals, Graphic & Interactive Design, Painting and Watercolor, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture
Millersville's ceramic program focuses on sculptural and utilitarian methods. Students explore a variety of working processes; hand building and wheeling throwing are the basics. In 2009 the university built a new state-of-the-art gas kiln room. Students can explore a large range of firing techniques including: gas, electric, pit, and soda firings. Students have the unique opportunity to interact with various artists in residence. Recently in 2009 an artist was visiting from Taiwan. Visiting artists provide valuable insight and knowledge and often a new perspective. The ceramics courses force students to solve three dimensional design problems of building, composition and glazing. Professor(s): Deborah S. Sigel
Drawing, Painting and Watercolor
Painting, drawing and watercolor are forms of artistic expression as well as a form of nonverbal communication. Traditional and contemporary perspectives are employed with an emphasis on original creative solutions to visual problems. Students explore artistic composition employing a variety of drawing media and techniques. Painting covers working in oil, acrylic and related media in which the student explores techniques and approaches to painting through the use of drawing, design and color. Watercolor courses are also offered. The 1700 square foot painting studio is equipped with sturdy metal easels, wooden easels, and tablorets that are moveble to accommodate the changing needs of class projects. An adjacent room offers storage for painting and related supplies, and also has working stations for preparation of art materials, matting, and framing. Professor(s): Line Bruntse, Robert Andriulli, Ben J. Cunningham
Fine Art Metals
Fine Art Metals concentrates on jewelry and metalsmithing as a form of artistic expression. The students seek creative solutions to visual problems while employing various metal working techniques and media. Critical analysis and evaluation of jewelry and metal art are central to the courses. The studio facilities are equipped for fabricating, raising, enameling, casting, powder coating, etching, and finishing. Professor(s): Becky McDonah
Interactive and Graphic Design
Interactive and Graphic Design students can either earn their degree as BA, BFA or B.Des. BA students are encouraged to minor in an area such as marketing, communications or business. BFA students courses are more focused in studio classes which create a broader fine arts knowledge base. With a wide range of design courses available, as an Interactive and Graphic design student you will acquire the skill and knowledge to work in-house, at a design firm, or apply for graduate school.
The professors and courses encourage students to create unique and successful solutions to visual problems. Without successful design, the work does not function since the objective of graphic design is to communicate. You will develop the skills to create unique and successful design either in print, web or both. Senior year students are required to take a class in which they will prepare their portfolios for future endeavors. The art department encourages highly motivated students from graphic design to participate in internship and cooperative education opportunities that exist in both the public and private sectors. Professor(s): Jeri L. Robinson-Lawrence, Nancy R. Mata, James Pannafino
The photography concentration covers black and white, color, non-traditional, and digital as working methods for the creative photographer. Students focus on the value, function and perception of fine art photography through study and practice. Student work is analyzed, criticized and evaluated in terms of the photograph as fine art. Color techniques and various printing processes may be chosen to suit the individual photographer's objectives. Professor(s) Shauna L. Frischkorn
The printmaking studio is outfitted to instruct the four major fine art printmaking processes of relief, intaglio, lithography and silkscreen. Students working in each of these areas will develop technical skills and understanding of the physical nature of creating original prints. Issues of subject matter, content, and intent are central to composing and creating works. Creative and original solutions to visual problems are emphasized in each type of printmaking. Students explore multiple approaches within each process starting at an introductory level technically and building with each new process into a more developed understanding and working knowledge of the process. Professor(s): Brant D. Schuller
Sculpture is a three-dimensional form of artistic expression. Students work with a variety of materials stressing technique, content, intent and compositional elements. Students are encouraged to look at contemporary sculptors including those visiting artists showing in the campus galleries. Artists-in-residence also provide valuable resources to students. The artists act as mentors and are a great knowledge base. Students work to develop individual artistic expression and a personal idiom of expression. Professor(s): Line Bruntse
This degree is considered the "professional" degree for teaching. The BSE in Art Education program is designed for students who aspire to become art teachers. Upon completing this program, our graduates are eligible to be certified to teach students grades K-12 in the state of Pennsylvania. Students must complete four art foundation courses consisting of both Drawing 1 & 2, as well as 2D and 3D Dimensional Design, and four art history courses. To gain a broad background, art education students must take courses in a variety of student areas and four additional elective studio courses. Studio experience is blended with education coursework to ensure well prepared professional teachers enter the field upon graduation. The education courses are offered within the art department as well as courses within the College of Education and Human Services. Students pursuing a BSE can elect to also simultaneously pursue a BFA. By meeting the requirements of both degree programs and earning 150 credits, students will earn a BSE and BFA degree at graduation. Completing both degrees mandates the completion of additional studio art courses which enhances students’ confidence in the classroom as well as their marketability. Students pursuing a BSE in Art Education may opt to gain a Secondary Dual Certification in Inclusive Education. More information on Secondary Dual Certification can be found the BSE Special Education page of Field Services.
Note: Students wishing to pursue a career in Art Therapy should seek their primary advisement from the Psychology Department.