The University of Maine at Farmington Visual Arts program is a hands-on, project-based program that offers an intimate conversation in the history, purpose and process of making art. It stresses the importance of educating critical thinkers, inspired makers and engaged citizens.
While developing the skills necessary to become a practiced maker, you’ll 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.
In our Visual Arts program you’ll get to choose from one of five Arts concentrations:
- New Media and Graphic Design
- Sculpture and Painting
- Socially Engaged Art
- Integrated Arts
- Visual Culture
Regardless of which concentration you choose to focus on, you’ll also take classes across disciplines and will present a portfolio of work to the full Arts faculty. This portfolio review is designed to help you begin your advanced Arts research.
Creating Art and Community
Our Visual Arts program creates a strong sense of community through group trips, collaborative projects, student clubs and the on-campus Senior Studios. The Senior Studios, located in Lockwood Hall provide you a private studio with a common space where you’ll work with other Visual Arts students as you prepare a body of work for your Senior Exhibition and write your senior thesis paper.
The on-campus UMF Art Gallery and Emery Community Arts Center both provide you opportunities to work with guest artists of national and international reputation. You’ll also get to exhibit your own work in the always well-attended annual Student and Senior Art Thesis exhibits, which are open to the campus and community.
A degree in Visual Arts provides you a view of art through a broad lens that can be applied to a variety of careers. UMF Visual Art graduates have gone on to careers in studio art, education, web development, advertising, community development, curating and museum studies, media production, film and animation and more.