Art & Design

Degrees: B.Des., B.S.E., B.A.

The various degree paths within the Department of Art and Design help creative students refine their artistic skills and prepare for a career in fine arts, art education, graphic and interactive design, and more.

Why Study This Program?

The Art program at Millersville University allows you to turn your artistic talents into a career. Many of our graduates find employment in artistic industries and education, while others continue on to renowned graduate programs. Under the guidance of our dedicated faculty, who are recognized experts in their respective fields, you'll gain confidence, knowledge and skills for a successful career in fine arts, art education or graphic and interactive design.

Utilize your talents in the study of ceramics, fine art metals, interactive and graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. From our extensive art history library and expansive studios to state-of-the-art computer labs for graphic and interactive design, MU offers the tools and resources to advance your knowledge and build a successful portfolio.

As an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Department of Art & Design at Millersville University offers a diverse range of bachelor's, master's and certification programs tailored to meet your unique needs and goals. You'll graduate with a Bachelor of Art (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) or Bachelor of Design (B.Des.).

“Since graduating from Millersville University with an English major and art history minor, Rose Chiango obtained her MLIS degree in Archives and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Chiango worked at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Frick Fine Arts Library before assuming her current position as an assistant archivist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While a student at Millersville, she worked in Archives and Special Collections, assisting with the library renovation. She also worked at the Technology Help Desk and participated in organizations such as MU's literary art magazine. Nowadays, you can find Chiango attending a conference or contra dance in the Philadelphia area. She does not plan to stop learning anytime soon and will continue working with art, archives and technology for years to come”

- Rose Chiango | 2013

What Will You Learn?

Your course load within the Art program will be completely dependent on your selected degree path.

Students who choose the Bachelor of Art (B.A.) path will pursue a traditional liberal arts degree. While developing intellectual and creative strengths, you can plan for a future career within the learning context of the visual arts.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree provides students with the extensive preparation needed to establish art-related businesses such as selling through art and craft shows, opening their own galleries, launching their own graphic and interactive design agencies or working as independent artists. 

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) in K-12 Art Education is one of Millersville University's many renowned education programs. With Pennsylvania’s extremely high standards for teacher preparation, Millersville graduates are heavily recruited both regionally and nationally.

The newest degree within Millersville University's Art & Design department is the Bachelor of Design (B.Des.), which aims to more accurately reflect the experiences and skills of students who progress through the current interactive and graphic design curriculum. Courses within that curriculum include experience design, kinetic design, web design, basic coding, interactive design and traditional graphic design.