Art at Franklin College

Students painting on easels, student in art exhibitStudying art at Franklin College develops creative problem-solving skills that empower students to create meaningful art and successful careers!

Art Studio major with ceramics, digital fine art photography, graphic design, painting, and pre-art therapy tracks • Pre-Art Therapy major • Graphic design minor • Art studio minor • Art history minor

Our curriculum will push your creative boundaries and challenge you to think critically and creatively while providing the practical skills and techniques necessary to prosper in your creative career.

Download the Art Major Handout (PDF)

Students enrolled in the art program: 

  • work closely with professors who are talented experts in their field
  • gain real-world experience through supervised internships
  • exhibit work in student art shows every semester
  • have around-the-clock access to studio classrooms
  • meet renowned artists whose art shows are brought to campus every semester
  • travel with professors to various art museums and galleries
  • apply for exclusive art scholarships intended to help with tuition expenses
  • apply for grants which support creative projects or enhance skill exploration
  • exhibit their best artwork at their Senior Art Exhibition
  • have a 100% acceptance rate into graduate school

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Clowes Visiting Artist Program

Every other January term a practicing artist is invited on campus to conduct a studio course based on their particular creative expression and expertise.

  • Brittany Jameson

    My technical painting and drawing skills are more refined and allow me to communicate more effectively. Additionally, my art history degree has taught me how to make connections with the past, better understand religion and philosophy and articulate my own artistic ideas. I am prepared to defend my artistic ideas and concepts in an educated and professional way. - Brittany Jameson '14

  • Tony Quintana

    Dr. Rakic noticed the potential I had and appointed me as her Art History mentee. This gave me the experience I needed for graduate school. Since a passion of mine is to teach and mentor, this appointment allowed me to share my findings and share the joy of art with others, as well. - Tony Quintana '14

  • Emily Winship

    My experience with the art department has been a very positive one. I am now triple majoring in studio art, art history and French. The professors are incredible and balance the department wonderfully. I have been awarded internship opportunities and scholarships, including the Rinker Award, which provided funding to create my own art and hold my own show. I would not have been given nearly as many opportunities to succeed if I had gone to any other school. - Emily Winship '14

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Did You Know?

Franklin College art majors have a 100% acceptance rate into graduate programs.