Art

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

About

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


 

Skills

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.

Organization

Communication

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

Analysis/Technical

Artistic

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

 

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

Potter
Photographer
Jeweler
Weaver
Glass Blower
Basket Maker
Printmaker
Furniture Maker
Painter
Book Jacket Designer
Graphic Designer
Art Director
Greeting Card Designer
Cartoonist
Children’s Book Illustrator
Medical/Scientific Illustrator
Copy Camera Operator
Special Effects Artist

Education/Community

Business/Industry

Teacher’s Aide
Art Teacher/Professor
City Cultural Events Planner
Gallery/Museum Curator or Director
Docent
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