Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do I submit my portfolio?
    Generally, the art department encourages the submission of digital portfolios. Portfolio submission requires applicants to follow a set of rigid guidelines that can be found on the Portfolio Submission Requirements page. Closely following all the guidelines and attaching all the forms required can avoid confusion for both the art department and yourself in the entire process.
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  • What happens if I'm not accepted into the department?

    Incoming freshman or transfer students who have not successfully passed the review will receive a notification from the Department of Art & Design office.  They will be offered the opportunity to remain undeclared or select another major of their choice.  Please remember, if you still have a passion for the arts you are welcome to declare a studio art or art history minor; neither require a portfolio review for admittance. (Although participation in these classes does not guarantee admission into the department at a later date, it will provide the individual the opportunity to improve the quality of their portfolio and reapply at a later date.)  Additionally, students may attempt to register for Drawing I and/or 2D Design if seats are available during the add/drop period.

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  • I'm a freshman what kind of computer is recommended? 

    As a freshman you don't need to purchase a Mac until your second or third year.  You will be taking foundation courses such as drawing and 2D/3D along with your General Education (GenEd) requirements. Although the Adobe software available for PC's will be sufficient, once you enter your second and third year at MU you may seek preference in purchasing a Mac vs. a PC because of your increased exposure with a MAC platform.  If you still feel it is crucial to your education on campus, or you wish to continue in your studies or career, much of the professional art world relies upon them.

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  • What software and computers are in your lab are you using?
    The Department of Art & Design in Breidenstine Hall has two computer labs offering 27" iMacs for student use.  These labs are located in Breidenstine 215 and 301. The hours of availability vary per semester and will be posted on the lab door.  If they are not available you are welcome to use any of the other labs on campus.  We are currently running the Adobe Creative Cloud applications.  Please reference the spec sheet for both of our iMac labs for an overview of these software applications.  Spec Sheet
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  • What courses will I be taking my freshman year?
    All potential art majors are required to take a core program of studio courses to be completed during the Freshman (foundation) year. These courses include Design I, Design II, Drawing I, and Drawing II.
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  • What is the difference between the BA (Bachelor of Art) in Graphic & Interactive Design or the BDes (Bachelor of Design) in Interactive and Graphic Design?

    There are two paths in which to study Interactive and Graphic Design at MU: the BDes (Bachelor of Design) in Interactive & Graphic Design and the BA (Bachelor of Art) in Art.  Both degree options will allow you the opportunity to focus in interactive and graphic design. The BDes is a professional, 75 credit degree.  It includes three foundations courses (Drawing 1, 2D & 3D Design courses) and four art history courses. The remaining 18 courses are design courses.  The BA in Art, is a 48 credit degree, that allows you the option to focus your studies in interactive and/or graphic design.  It is typically the prefered degree by design students who are interested in studio.  It includes the same three foundations courses, two art history courses and two additional studio courses in areas of your choice. The remaining 10 courses are design courses. 

    Many design students chose the BA in Art because you need six additional courses beyond the General Education requirements to reach the required 120 credits to graduate.  These students choose to take six additional design courses. Therefore, you will have 16 design courses as compared to the 18 courses which the BDes student, but you get to chose two studio courses.   

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  • I am an international student, where do I start?
    International students follow a different application process than students who are United States citizen. For more information, please refer to the International Student Application Process.
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  • What is the placement rate of graduates leaving your programs?

    Please confer with the Career Services, Lyle Hall, and 3rd floor.

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  • How do I register for classes?
    Registering for classes are done using the Millersville MAX registration system. You will need your M number (Mxxxxxxxx) and your student password to log in to MAX. For more information, please refer to the Registration Instructions found on the Registrar's page.
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