Frequently Asked Questions


  • How do your program's rate?

    New rankings for the 'Ville - June 19, 2019

    Millersville University recently scored high in two rankings for its fine and studio arts program.

    College Factual:
    Millersville University fared well in College Factual’s 2019 rankings for both non-traditional students and for students overall who want to major in Fine & Studio Arts.

    Non-traditional students:
    This ranking was developed to highlight colleges that have great Fine Art programs and also great support for students who fall outside the traditional “norm.” This could include adults returning to school, part-time students, transfer students, online students and others.

    Millersville’s program is ranked #3 out of 385 colleges and universities offering this major nationwide. This means Millersville is in the top 1 percent of all schools in the country for non-traditional students studying Fine Art. See the full ranking of Fine Art programs for non-traditional students.  The program ranked #1 out of 14 colleges and universities reviewed by College Factual for non-traditional students in Pennsylvania. Millersville has achieved this ranking two years in a row. See the full ranking of best schools for non-traditional students studying Fine Art in Pennsylvania.

    College Factual also listed that based upon PayScale survey data, a student who graduates from Millersville with a degree in Fine Art realizes early-career earnings of $60,000 and average mid-career earnings of $53,000.

    Traditional students:
    Also for the second year in a row, Millersville earned a top ranking for all students in Fine & Studio Arts. MU’s Fine Arts program was ranked in the top 10 percent nationwide. This program was ranked number 33 out of 512 Fine Arts programs in the United States. In addition, MU’s Fine Arts program was also ranked number two out of 32 colleges in the state of Pennsylvania. This places MU’s program in the top 5 percent of all programs in the state.

    Additional information on the overall rankings is available at:

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  • Where do I submit my portfolio? - REQUIREMENT TEMPORARILY WAIVED

    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? 

    There is no computer requirement. 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 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.

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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 preferred 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 choose 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 choose 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 is 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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  • How are students assessed on their work?

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Creativity and Innovation: Students will demonstrate creative behaviors.
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will think critically in order to solve problems.
    • Craftsmanship: Students will demonstrate craftsmanship in their work and studio habits.
    • Research: Students will research ideas, materials, and history in the process of creating their own artworks.
    • Verbal & Written Expression: Students will clearly communicate the intention, execution, and quality/ies of their own work and the works of others.
    • Visual Presentation: Students will present their finished work with intention and professionalism.
    • Body of Work: Students will demonstrate proficiency in creating and exhibiting a body of work.
    • Design Thinking: Students will use the design thinking process to create and solve communication problems.
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  • How do I qualify for Departmental Honors?
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