Our degree programs and minors prepare students for graduate study (M.F.A., M.A., and/or Ph.D.) and a variety of employment opportunities in the creative economy. Our graduates have careers, locally and globally, in education, studio art, filmmaking and design, museums and art galleries, art libraries and archives, public and private arts administration, art conservation, historic preservation and public heritage, communications, and arts criticism. The Department’s rigorous academic training also has prepared several students for admission to law school.


  • Art Education: UMaine’s Art Education program is the largest and most comprehensive in the State. It offers students an integrated liberal arts program that places both theory and practice at the center of their learning experiences. As a result, students are not only prepared as “highly qualified” art teachers, they are also well educated in the complexity and diversity of art and our visual and material culture. This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

Majors & Minors

  • Art History: The Art History program stands out for its emphasis on theory, diverse methodologies, and interdisciplinary research. The curriculum stresses research by teaching students the essential value of primary sources and peer-reviewed secondary sources as they work through their studies.
  • Studio Art: The emphasis of the Studio program is creative work in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital art. Elective studio work is available in photography, graphic design and ceramics. UMaine’s Studio Program is internationally recognized as a leader in sustainable and green initiatives and research.

Minor only

  • Graphic DesignIn an era when digital technologies have brought professional design to the world at large, the Department of Art offers a minor in which students bring together aesthetics, design history, cultural studies, and internship possibilities in the professional world of Graphic Design.