Picture yourself in a wide range of studio classes, including design, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. You'll complement those studio courses with explorations in art history, providing a foundation for success in the many varied careers related to visual communication and artistic expression.

Degree Offered: B.A. in Art with concentrations in art history, ceramics, drawing, electronic arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture

Offered on the Augusta campus


Graduates of our BA program will:

  • be prepared for entry into post-baccalaureate degree programs in visual art
  • possess a strong foundation and understanding of the elements and principles of art design, and will gain an appreciation of major art movements and artists of the post and present
  • have developed strong technical competencies in at least two studio disciplines
  • have the ability to exhibit professionally
  • gain an awareness of the creative potential of the new technologies such as computer imaging
  • be exposed to a wide range of intellectual diversity




You've probably been asked,  "What are you going to do with an art degree?" Here's a better question: "As we move forward into the increasing visual 21st century, where we look at our phones as often as we speak into them, what are you going to do if you can't produce, analyze and critique visual information." UMA’s outstanding Bachelor’s program in Art will provide you the freedom and support to evolve your own creative potential in areas of significant personal interest, while preparing you for diverse career choices.

UMA’s outstanding Bachelor’s program in Art will provide you the freedom and support to evolve your own creative potential while preparing you to meaningfully collaborate with the greater community in the 21st century. As a UMA Art student, you'll develop abilities ranging from specific knowledge of the artistic expression to analysis of art works, their quality, purpose, and meaning. Well developed critical thinking and writing skills, along with an understanding of materials and process, will enable you to contribute to and succeed in many professions inside and outside traditional artistic practice.



Visual organization
Organizing in 3-D
Accurate observation & recording
Working independently
Attending to details
Communicating images
Communicating concepts
Visual communication
Expressing ideas through various media
Understanding art as a cultural and social phenomenon



Evaluating aesthetic
Analyzing data
Applying knowledge creatively
Working with tools
Working with hands
Strong color sense
Sensitivity to beauty
Aesthetic awareness
Demonstrating artistic expression

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the UMA Art Department will be able to do the following:

  • Think critically, integrate research from a multiplicity of resources and creatively solve problems
  • Create, share, deconstruct and understand visual images, which are an essential component of 21st century culture
  • Prepare a quality application for post-baccalaureate degree programs in the arts with a documented portfolio of a thematic body of work, artist statement and letter of intention
  • Demonstrate a strong foundation and understanding of the elements and principles of art and design
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major art movements and significant artists past and present
  • Create a body of work and understand professional practice expectations in order to exhibit professionally
  • Effectively advocate for art both within the various disciplines and within the community
  • Understand the creative potential of new technologies
  • Careers

    Our B.A. degree in Art can serve as a foundation for many diverse career paths. The selected list below offers a few options that may be available to you.

    Fine Arts & Crafts

    Printing & Media

    Glass Blower
    Basket Maker
    Furniture Maker
    Book Jacket Designer
    Graphic Designer
    Art Director
    Greeting Card Designer
    Children’s Book Illustrator
    Medical/Scientific Illustrator
    Copy Camera Operator
    Special Effects Artist



    Teacher’s Aide
    Art Teacher/Professor
    City Cultural Events Planner
    Gallery/Museum Curator or Director
    Art Critic
    Exhibition Installer
    Art Therapist
    Interior Designer
    Fashion Designer/Illustrator
    Advertising Sales
    Retail Buyer
    Computer Imager
    Image Consultant
    Product/Package Designer
    Merchandise Displayer
    Artists’ Agents
    Craft Shop Owner/Operator
    Industrial Designer
    Fabric Designer
    Color Separator

    News & Events

    Praise from the Community

    Dear President Handley,

    I am writing to share with you my recent experiences in a collaboration with UMA faculty member, Peter Precourt, and recent UMA graduates, Rebeka Ouellette (BA Art) and Michelle Smith (BA English).  Pete and I first met through one of my advisors, Linda Silka.  He was a guest speaker in a class I was taking on university-community partnerships, and he discussed with the class the integration of community engagement and his art courses.  I recently saw Pete again at a think tank session at UMaine Orono sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), and I was again inspired by his truly collaborative approach to community engaged research and education.

    Coincid entally, following the think tank, a colleague of mine, Bridie McGreavy, and I were helping facilitate a retreat for members of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI).  SSI is a $20 million dollar, NSF-funded research initiative that funds interdisciplinary, stakeholder-engaged sustainability research at colleges and universities throughout Maine.  As part of the facilitation model, called the World Cafe, graphic recorders capture and synthesize ideas generated during small and large group discussions.  We contacted Pete for advice on graphic recorders.

    He immediately put us in touch with recent UMA graduates with whom he had worked in class.  After two students committed to working with us, he worked throughout the weekend helping them prepare for the facilitation.  Rebeka and Michelle ended up not only being amazing artists, but also thoughtful listeners and confident facilitators.  We were truly impressed and grateful that they took on this project

    UMA Art students hired as graphic note takers

    Karen Hutchins
    IPhD candidate - Department of Communication and Journalism
    Graduate Research Fellow - Sustainability Solutions InitiativeUniversity of Maine
    Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
    5784 York Complex, Bldg. #4
    Orono, ME  04469