The University of Maine at Farmington Theatre program 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 theater artists and life-long learners in the arts community.

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.

Here, you will choose a concentration in a specific area — Art and Visual Culture, Arts Administration, Music, or Theatre —and 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.