Kip Miller strives to share his professional experiences with students so that they can learn about what is expected in professional visual communication settings. In working with advertising agencies, magazine publications, freelance clients and the fashion industry, as well as having his paintings, drawings and photography exhibited in museums and at various art galleries, Miller has gained relevant professional experiences to bring into the classroom. He uses these experiences as real life examples of applied learning in the areas of photography, graphic design, illustration, layout and gallery work, as well as studio art.
Having worked with all forms of digital photography, computer assisted art/design and digital printing, Miller has experience with the most recent software programs involving digital media and photography. He is also familiar with high-volume printing techniques and large format printing styles, as well as all appropriate sizing and composition requirements. He helps his students prepare for professional careers in documentary photography, creative photography and fashion photography, as well as other commercial photography, graphic design and art direction.
B.A., University of Maryland
M.F.A., University of Florida
Kip Miller's teaching philosophy is based on the student's pursuit of investigative learning. Therefore, he sees his role as a professor to be more of a guide who carefully constructs learning activities that will stimulate and motivate students to continue to learn during their college years and throughout their lives. Even during a short lecture or a demonstration activity, he believes recognizes the importance of keeping students active in the learning process in a variety of ways. Miller believes that this can be achieved through thought-provoking questions posed before the lecture or demonstration, through written summaries students compose after the brief presentation and through small discussion groups where students can share their understanding of the material presented. However, the large majority of the classes would be designed to have students as full participants and active learners.
Photography, graphic art and foundation classes all include, by the nature of the creative activity, a focus on combining skills and individual aesthetics in a highly individualized and active process. Therefore, he would characterize his teaching style as one that encourages individual exploration, discovery and expression in a learning climate which is supportive, respectful of diverse learning styles and which fosters personal growth. He also encourages students to explore multicultural perspectives that relate to their own cultures as well as to those of others. Miller strongly believes that students need to learn "how to learn" and how to critically analyze and synthesize materials and use critical reasoning techniques to reach their own conclusions about information and ideas.
Through a series of problem-solving tasks, students begin to gain confidence in their abilities and their future ability to learn new skills and to become a contributing member of society. He argues that students need to know that they can take risks and not feel self-conscious about possibly making mistakes in order to discover new and creative ways of expressing their ideas, feelings and thoughts. He would create this learning environment by showing his acceptance of a wide range of diverse, creative perspectives. This can be done both in and out of class. More informal settings would include meetings with students during office hours, other informal meeting times with students, during critique sessions and during his involvement with other university activities with students.
Areas of Scholarship
- Professional artist
- Graphic design