As an Art major, you’ll take courses in topics such as:
- History of art
- Modern art
- Architecture and interiors
- Studio arts
The curriculum focuses on providing students with creative challenges and ways to solve them, forming a strong foundation for future artistic pursuits. Students develop diligent work habits and embrace the life-long learning process that’s essential to success in the arts. Dedicated faculty provide guidance and instruction, helping every student achieve their highest potential.
As an art major at MC, you’ll develop a strong set of applied skills in fine art, visual communication and design, while enjoying creative exploration in an inspirational environment that puts Christian ethics and ideals first.
Choose Your Focus
As an Art major, you’ll choose one of the following programs:
Bachelor of Arts – Studio Art
Classes are offered in acrylic and oil painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and aesthetics. Receive professional instruction from faculty with collections all over the world. This major focuses on the exploration and development of traditional and contemporary skills in visual design and communication.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science – Graphic Design
Classes in graphic design, acrylic and oil painting, illustration, web design, communication and portfolio building are required. These hands-on classes teach students to mix art and technology into various forms of visual communication. Equipped with the latest design software, students will be immersed in creative problem solving in order to build a portfolio that showcases their individual talents and technical abilities.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science – Interior Design
Classes are offered in basic design, interior environments, drawing, graphical programs, history of architecture and interiors, color and lighting, building construction, computer generated drafting and business principles. The Interior Design program seeks to provide academic and pre-professional preparation for careers in residential and commercial interior design as it relates to aesthetic, technical, and global aspects of design decisions, client relations, and professional conduct.
Bachelor of Science in Education – Art Education
Classes in basic design, drawing, graphic software, art in elementary schools, acrylic painting, oil painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, along with 25 credit hours of teacher education courses are required. Art Education prepares students for a career as an elementary, middle and/or high school art teacher as well as for careers with other agencies and institutions such as art museums. The program focuses on a comprehensive approach that includes the study of the theory and practice of art criticism, art history, aesthetics, and art making at the K-12 levels.
The MC Experience
The goal of the MC Department of Art is to help students achieve personal and professional fulfillment through artistic expression and practice. At MC, you’ll develop both traditional and contemporary artistic skills, while working with accomplished professors who exemplify Christian character and support you in your growth.
MC is unique in the field of art education as it is one of two art education programs in the state, making it a compelling choice for future art teachers. Moreover, MC is the only Baptist university in the world that offers a Master's in Fine Arts.
High-tech tools are a must for the aspiring designer. At MC, you’ll find two Mac Labs for students majoring in Graphic Design — one for underclassmen and one for upperclassmen. The freshman/sophomore design lab is furnished with 20 new Mac computers and the latest Adobe design suite, making creativity easy. Lab Assistants are frequently on hand to offer coaching on homework assignments and help students make the most of the technology available. Plus, in-class demonstrations using Apple Remote software give students practical knowledge on how to approach assignments.
The multi-million dollar Samuel Gore Gallery, adjoined to the Leland Speed Library, is open to the public and exhibits student art year-round.
Nothing stimulates creativity like new experiences. For MC Art students, there are great opportunities to study abroad, with 15 programs including Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Austria, and London. Earn credit while enjoying beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, and international adventures!
Art Education majors get serious classroom training, spending their final semester teaching in a local K-12 classroom with the coaching of an experienced art teacher.
An internship makes it easier to turn your arts background into a high-paying career. The MC Art Department maintains relationships with local businesses, helping our students find positions around the Jackson Metropolitan area. Our students intern in advertising agencies, printing companies, photography studios, churches and more, including Ergon, Omega Group, Kelly Moore Photography, Papercrown Productions, and Stadium Wrap.
American Society of Interior Designers
Join our student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, a pre-professional organization dedicated to advancing the standards of the Interior Design profession. When you graduate, you’ll receive a one year associate membership in the national organization, providing valuable professional networking opportunities.
Participate in Delta Beta, our student chapter of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity. This honor society serves to recognize students who excel in the visual arts. Members also support activities that advance artistic achievement and benefit the arts at Mississippi College.
National Art Education Association
Support our student chapter of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), which helps Art Education graduates make a successful transition from students to professionals. NAEA members pledge to maintain high standards on campus and in the community.
This capstone course covers business aspects of the arts industry, while assisting students with developing a professional portfolio. Each spring, a collection of notable pieces from each senior student are presented in the Gore Gallery, offering an impressive visual representation of their comprehensive accomplishments at Mississippi College.
Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
Help host the MC Art Department booth at the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, sponsored by the Junior Civic League of Clinton, or the Brick Street Festival, sponsored by the Clinton Arts Council. MC Art students contribute to the festivities with face painting, children’s crafts, ceramics demonstrations, and more.
Our recent graduates are pursuing creative and rewarding careers. Like Savannah Davis, a 2011 graduate who’s now working at a large Baptist church as a graphic specialist. Or Kyle Hancock, who runs his own photography studio in Madison, MS. For Art Education graduates, the outlook is especially bright — as one of only two art education programs in the state, Mississippi College enjoys an exceptionally high rate of teacher placement.
Shortly after his graduation in 2007, Graphic Design major Robby Followell founded his own photography studio on Clinton’s Brick Streets. He’s now one of the most popular wedding photographers in the region, and was even named as Best Photographer in the Jackson area in 2009.
Limeul Eubanks, who is now the Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Mississippi Department of Education, has also served as the President of the Mississippi Art Education Association.