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Sample Curriculum

UMA degrees are flexible. Here is an example of how you could complete your degree.

Courses are subject to change. View the official UMA Catalog here.

All students should take all Math/English placement tests before beginning classes.

First Year Fall (First 15 Credits)First Year Spring (Credits 16-30)
ARH 105 Art History Survey IARH 106 Art History Survey II
ART 112 2D DesignART 113 3D Design (spring only)
ART 115 Drawing IART 215 Drawing II
ENG 101 College WritingENG 102 Introduction to Literature
Second Year Fall (Credits 30-45)Second Year Spring (Credits 45-60)
ART 209 or 210 Printmaking*ART 202 Graphic Design 1 (spring only)
ART 219 Sculpture I (fall only)ART 221 Painting I (spring only)
ART 203 Photo Now (fall only)ARH 214 Writing About Art (every other spring) or ARH 2XX or ART 2XX
General Elective 1CIS 1XX
Foreign Language I or History Sequence IForeign Language II or
History Sequence I
*Students may take Ceramics or Art 289/489 topics instead of Printmaking. Ceramics is typically offered in the summer.
Third Year Fall (Credits 60-76)Third Year Spring (Credits 77-91)
ARH 2XX (excluding 214) or ART 2XX (or higher)ARH 274 Modern Art 1
(may take ARH/ART 3XX if taking ARH 375)
ARH 375 Modern Art 2 (every other fall)
(may take ARH/ART 3XX if taking ARH 274)
ARH 214 Writing About Art (every other spring) or ARH 2XX or ART 2xx
ART 420 Seminar: Professional Practice in Art (every other fall) or ART/ARH 3XXARH/ART 3XX or higher
Social Science Elective IGeneral Elective II
Lab Science Elective (4 credit)ENG 3XX or higher
Fourth Year Fall (Credits 92-107)Fourth Year Spring (Credits 107-121)
ART 420 Seminar: Professional Practice in Art (every other fall) or ART/ARH 3XXART 430 Senior Projects (prereq: ART 420)
ARH 375 or ARH ART 3XX or higherARH/ART 3XX or higher
ART 3XX or higherGeneral Elective V (3XX or higher)
General Elective IIIGeneral Elective VI
Social Science Elective IIGeneral Elective VII
Students can take no more than 9 general elective credits designated as ARH or ART and must take at least 30 credits at the 300-level or higher. Students are strongly encouraged to take an ART elective in their final Spring that closely relates to their Senior Project.

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

Adrienne UMA Art AlumnusMy time at UMA helped focus and sharpen my internal voice and artistic style. In my classes, I was exposed to techniques and processes of making that were brand new to me. In my class projects, I found a natural rhythm of experimentation that has had a lasting impact on my approach to solving creative problems. The encouragement I had from my professors during that time helped me realize I have the power to create anything, even my future reality. That support gave me the confidence to grow and to pursue my individuality, both as an artist and as a person.

– Adrienne, ’13