Bachelor of Arts: Art
The B.A. in Art is founded on our belief in the importance of educating critical thinkers, inspired makers, and engaged citizens. Small, interdisciplinary, and ideas-based, the visual arts program offers an intimate conversation in the history, purpose, and process of making art, bringing students and faculty together in a collaborative learning adventure. While developing the skills necessary to become practiced art-makers, students also gain a thorough understanding of the contemporary and historical ideas surrounding studio practice, as well as the role art plays in the local and global community.
Our program mirrors the dynamic complexities of the contemporary art environment with concentrations in New Media, Live/Performance Art, Painting and Drawing, Sound Art, and Sculpture. Our workspaces include a brand new painting studio, a drawing studio, a digital lab with 27” monitors, a sound and robotics lab with both stationary and portable workstations, and a sculpture lab with a fully equipped woodshop, a wet room, and a multi-purpose critique/production space. Seniors enjoy the space to think and work in their own private studios. This self-contained house creates an opportunity for senior art students to create a community of learning and rigorous making.
Our students go on to graduate school and pursue careers in studio art, education, community development, gallery directing, and media production and are not restricted to following a fine arts path. Their UMF education prepares them to be engaged citizens in an increasingly diverse and complex world.
What Courses Might You Take?
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as: