The University of Maine at Farmington Arts Administration program combines studies in business with an emphasis in Art and Visual Culture, Music, Theatre or Individualized Studies, preparing students for careers in non-profit and commercial artistic enterprises: performance organizations, arts commissions, galleries, media outlets, retail businesses and more.

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    Each year, students present their work at the school's premier arts event: UMF Arts Night(s). Held in conjunction with Symposium Day, students show and discuss their work in locations across campus. It's a big deal.
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    The Emery Community Arts Center, one of two galleries on campus, presents works by UMF students, community and regional artists, and nationally acclaimed artists.
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    The Flex Space Gallery inside UMF's Emery Community Arts Center, one of two galleries on campus.
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    Setting up an exhibit in the Flex Space Gallery of UMF's Emery Community Arts Center, one of two galleries on campus.
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    The Flex Space Gallery inside UMF's Emery Community Arts Center.
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    The black box-style UMF Alumni theater, one of two designated theater spaces on campus.
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    Its innovative black box-style allows for multiple "theater-in-the-round" staging arrangements. Something not often found on college campuses
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    The Emery Community Arts Center presents works by UMF students, community and regional artists, and nationally acclaimed artists.
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    Each year, students present their work at the school's premier arts event: UMF Arts Night(s). Held in conjunction with Symposium Day, students show and discuss their work in locations across campus. It's a big deal.
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    The Flex Space Gallery inside UMF's Emery Community Arts Center, one of two galleries on campus.
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    The Flex Space Gallery inside UMF's Emery Community Arts Center, one of two galleries on campus.
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    The Flex Space Gallery inside UMF's Emery Community Arts Center, one of two galleries on campus.

As an embodiment of our departmental name — Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry — the bachelor’s degree in Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) fosters inquiry into the ideas, processes, and meanings of the arts.

At the heart of the VAPA degree are the three Project courses. The gateway into the program is Project 1, a course where all arts majors work with faculty to pursue a topic, idea, or project, with each student making a unique contribution to the collective vision.

In Project 2, sophomores and juniors work together on a project connected to the community for public presentation, largely independent from faculty.

Project 3, the culmination of the degree, is a thesis paper, artistic project, or internship, providing seniors with a launching pad for their career after UMF.

You will choose a concentration in a specific area — Art and Visual Culture, Arts Administration, Music, or Theatre — you will be encouraged, through coursework and creative projects, to engage in discussion, study, and collaboration with students and faculty across all disciplines, thereby challenging the boundaries that have traditionally separated us.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: Visual and Performing Arts: Arts Administration

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:

SPV 200A Project 1
SPV 160A Introduction to Live/Performance Art
SPV 400 Project 3
BUS 208 Principles of Accounting
BUS 310 Human Resources Management
BUS 360 Entrepreneurship