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.
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.
This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $5,000 for residents of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont through the New England Regional Student Program.