Art student painting in a studio

The University of Maine at Farmington Visual Art 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 Art 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.

A degree in Visual Art 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.

What can I do with a degree in Art?

Data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources. Median Salaries for positions in Maine typically fall below those of other New England states.

Creating Art and Community

Our Visual Art 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.

Arts Week

And each spring, the entire campus comes together to celebrate Arts Week at UMF — a week-long series of student-created visual art exhibits, one-act plays, music performances, creative writing readings, dance performances, Pixel Hunter (see below) and much more. It’s a festive year-end showcase of our student’s creativity, independence and artistic abilities. It’s really fun and well-attended.

Pixel Hunter Student Short Film Project

During Arts Week, the UMF Division of the Arts presents Pixel Hunter, an end-of-year video project by University of Maine at Farmington students. It’s a collection of experimental short films and animations created by UMF students as part of their academic program in The Arts. Pixel Hunter is typically held one of the last weeks of the spring semester. Below are selections from this year’s Pixel Hunter presentation.

Save nearly $6,000 per year in tuition. This University of Maine at Farmington program qualifies for the New England Regional Program tuition discount.

This price break is for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont for the 2023-2024 academic year — a savings of $5,880 per year.

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Contact Us

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