BSc in Art History or Studio Art
The Department of Art at Millsaps College provides a program for strengthening your understanding of the visual arts through studio as well as art history courses. You'll explore a variety of forms of creative expression, learning to set each within its broader cultural context.
In the course of your work toward the major or minor, you'll find yourself developing a voice and a vision - a new mode of seeing and a new form of communication that involves both a deeper connection and a widened perspective. Through the process of creating, your ability to communicate will be enhanced, and through the process of writing and talking about creative production, your skills as a critical thinker will mature.
The art history program will enrich your understanding of the art of Western civilization by setting it within its broader social and cultural context and by seriously considering the variety of alternatives and responses to the Western tradition. Courses such as Women Artists, Topics in World Art, Methodologies, and Museum Studies help to balance the traditional chronological period courses. Even within these period courses, various thematic issues and theoretical approaches will help to unify your studies in the history of art. You will explore artistic meaning through responsive as well as analytical discussion and writing, and will learn to trust and strengthen your own voice at the same time that you acquire an understanding of the vocabulary and methods of analysis of the discipline of art history.
There are also plenty of additional opportunities beyond the classroom. Many of our students get academic credit for internships at the Mississippi Museum of Art, as well as other local or regional sites. We have students who complete honors projects and who study abroad (including most recently Perugia, Italy, and Northern Ireland), in addition to Millsaps' own summer programs in Europe, Africa, and Yucatan). Some of our students have been part of the prestigious Ford Fellowship Program, in which they team up with faculty mentors and get college credit for learning about college teaching as a profession. Groups of us have traveled to various cities to visit museums and galleries, either arranged by the Art Club or by individual professors. New Orleans and Memphis are favorites, but students with one or two faculty mentors have also been to Houston, Washington, and New York.
The studio program emphasizes student experimentation in the two-dimensional media of drawing, painting, printmaking, and digital arts, and three-dimensional conceptualizing and production are explored in sculpture and installation courses.
Technical proficiency and creative expression are seen as closely linked; you will be challenged to find something meaningful to say and an appropriate mode in which to communicate that idea or emotion or vision. In other words, you will develop over these years at Millsaps both a voice and a language, or in artistic terms, personal content and style.
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