Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre

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

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.

The concentration in Theatre provides opportunities for students to learn their craft through work on actual productions, whether as actors, directors, or part of the technical crew. Those experiences, combined with courses in performance, theory, and criticism, prepare students for graduate studies and to become professional theatre artists and life-long learners in a global arts community.

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 150A Introduction to Live/Performance Art
THE 115A Improvisation: As Acting Technique
THE 122A Introduction to Scenic and Lighting Design
THE 212A Play Structure and Analysis
THE 252A Directing Contemporary Theatre
THE 278A Commedia dell’arte