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2020-2021 UMA Catalog 
2020-2021 UMA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Bachelor of Arts in art degree is an innovative program designed in collaboration with the University of Maine at Farmington. An understanding between the two schools affords students access to more extensive and better equipped facilities, combined library resources, a more diverse faculty, and adds more depth and breadth to the educational experience than a student might experience at a single campus. In addition, the gallery programs at both schools are enhanced by sharing visiting artists, exhibitions and publications.

The Bachelor of Arts is a program designed to encourage critical thinking and creative problem solving, which are requisite skills for functioning in today’s complex global society. Rigorous undergraduate studies in the art provide the structure and opportunities for students to develop these skills. In addition, students are afforded the freedom and support to evolve their own creative potential, which is linked to the study of achievements of artists past and present. Students complete the art foundations and then progress into a specific art concentration area.

Portfolio Review - Once students have finished their foundation courses (ARH 105 , ARH 106 , ART 112 , ART 113 , ART 115  and ART 215 ), they are encouraged to submit their work for a portfolio review. A committee of fulltime and adjunct faculty from all studio areas - ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture- will come together and review portfolios of student work. The committee will determine if the student has a body of work that displays the craft, composition, and conceptual foundation needed to succeed in the advanced studio courses. All students are required to pass the portfolio review before declaring a concentration and taking any 300 ART/PHO level classes, except ART 315 . Reviews typically take place at the end of the Fall and Spring semester.

Mode of Delivery

The Bachelor of Art in Art is offered live in Augusta [and Farmington]

Learning Outcomes - Graduates of the UMA Art Department will be able to do the following:

  • Think critically, integrate research from a multiplicity of resources and creatively solve problems
  • Create, share, deconstruct and understand visual images, which are an essential component of 21st century culture
  • Prepare a quality application for post-baccalaureate degree programs in the arts with a documented portfolio of a thematic body of work, artist statement and letter of intention
  • Demonstrate a strong foundation and understanding of the elements and principles of art and design
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major art movements and significant artists past and present
  • Create a body of work and understand professional practice expectations in order to exhibit professionally
  • Effectively advocate for art both within the various disciplines and within the community
  • Understand the creative potential of new technologies

Academic Advising

Art majors are advised by full-time faculty members and are required to meet with their advisors prior to registration. An advisor’s signature or electronic equivalent is required for registration. Students are encouraged to continue to meet with their advisors on a regular basis to help ensure a productive and meaningful college experience.

Admissions Requirements (see UMA general requirements )

Transfer Students:

  • A minimum over 2.5 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in any art courses are required
  • Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in the major at UMA or UMF

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of the program requirements listed below, the student will be awarded a bachelor of arts in art degree.

  • Completion of 121 semester hours of credit
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Completion of the General Education Requirements
  • Completion of Major Requirements

Career Opportunities

Skills You’ll Acquire

As a UMA Art student, you’ll develop abilities ranging from specific knowledge of the artistic expression to analysis of art works, their quality, purpose, and meaning. Critical thinking and writing skills, along with an understanding of materials and process, will enable you to contribute to and succeed in many professions. The following is a selected list of skills and abilities acquired through the study of art:

  • Visual organization
  • Organizing in 3-D
  • Accurate observation & recording
  • Planning
  • Working independently
  • Attending to details
  • Evaluating aesthetic
  • Analyzing data
  • Applying knowledge creatively
  • Working with tools
  • Working with hands
  • Communicating images
  • Communicating concepts
  • Visual communication
  • Expressing ideas through various media
  • Understanding art as a cultural and social phenomenon
  • Strong color sense
  • Sensitivity to beauty
  • Aesthetic awareness
  • Sketching/drawing
  • Demonstrating artistic expression

Careers You Can Seek

Our B.A. degree in Art can serve as a foundation for many diverse career paths. The selected list below offers a few options that may be available to you.

Fine Arts & Crafts
  • Potter
  • Photographer
  • Jeweler
  • Weaver
  • Glass Blower
  • Basket Maker
  • Printmaker
  • Furniture Maker
  • Painter
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Art Teacher/Professor
  • City Cultural Events Planner
  • Gallery/Museum Curator or Director
  • Docent
  • Art Critic
  • Exhibition Installer
  • Art Therapist
  • Interior Designer
Printing & Media
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Greeting Card Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Children’s Book Illustrator
  • Medical/Scientific Illustrator
  • Copy Camera Operator
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Fashion Designer/Illustrator
  • Advertising Sales
  • Retail Buyer
  • Computer Imager
  • Image Consultant
  • Product/Package Designer
  • Merchandise Displayer
  • Artist’s Agents
  • Craft Shop Owner/Operator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Fabric Designer
  • Color Separator

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