Concentrations: art history, ceramics, drawing, electronic arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
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.
Organizing in 3-D
Accurate observation & recording
Attending to details
Expressing ideas through various media
Understanding art as a cultural and social phenomenon
Applying knowledge creatively
Working with tools
Working with hands
Strong color sense
Sensitivity to beauty
Demonstrating artistic expression
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
Book Jacket Designer
Greeting Card Designer
Children’s Book Illustrator
Copy Camera Operator
Special Effects Artist
City Cultural Events Planner
Gallery/Museum Curator or Director
Craft Shop Owner/Operator
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.
Coincidentally, 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
IPhD candidate – Department of Communication and Journalism
Graduate Research Fellow – Sustainability Solutions Initiative – University of Maine
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
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