Prospective students need not submit a portfolio for admission to one of the department’s undergraduate programs. They should apply by following University of Maine application instructions. Create and submit your application to the University of Maine here.

AP Exams & Course Credit

Students who scored a 4 or 5 on the AP exam in Art History will received credit for ARH 100: Art and Human Experience. Please note that ARH 100 is not a required for any of the department’s majors, meaning all students majoring in Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art will still need to take ARH 155 and ARH 156.

The department does not automatically give course credit for high scores on AP exams in Studio Art but is happy to review AP portfolios that scored a 3, 4 or 5 to determine whether course credit is deserved. Students who earned a score of 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam in Studio Art (Drawing, 2D Design, or 3D Design) must first submit their scores to the university ( Subsequently, these students can submit their AP portfolio materials to the Department of Art. A faculty committee will review the materials and determine whether credit for a specific course will be granted.

Please submit the following to (1) a brief statement (no more than one page) describing the work and processes represented in the portfolio and (2) 10-12 jpegs of works in the AP portfolio. If the files are too large to send in a single email, please send multiple emails or a link to a Google Drive folder.

Scholarship Opportunities

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Scholarships

These $3,000 annual scholarships are offered by the University to new students with demonstrated talent in art, music, theatre, and dance. They are renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters, provided the student meets the renewal criteria specified for each award. Please see Undergraduate Admissions VAPA page for more info.

The Department of Art invites you to submit a digital portfolio of your artwork along with an application statement for consideration for a VAPA Scholarship. The scholarship offers superb opportunities to students admitted to the university and committed to majoring in Studio Art, Art Education, and/or Art History.

To apply, please e-mail us no later than one week prior to the Early Action deadline at with the following: ten to fifteen jpeg images of your artwork (no more than 10GB total); your mailing address; the name of your current school; and a statement discussing your work and interests in the Visual Arts. If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Art Education or Art History, you can submit relevant projects and research papers in lieu of visual images. W are interested in seeing your best work and hearing about your interest in the arts.

In addition to the VAPA Scholarship Award application, students must also submit a completed application for admission to UMaine by the December 1st Early Action deadline. To apply to UMaine, please visit

Early College Opportunities for Maine Students

UMaine is proud to be the first Maine System college to recognize the crucial importance of Early College Programs for the state’s high school students aspiring to attend college. Early College means earning college credits while still enrolled in high school at NO tuition cost to the student. To find out more information please visit UMaine’s Early College Programs webpage.

Flagship Match Program

Did you know that some out-of-state students are eligible for in-state tuition rates? The Flagship Match Program is a competitive scholarship program that guarantees academically qualified, first-year students from several states will pay the same tuition and fee rate as their home state’s flagship institution. Find more information here.

Transfer student information

Please visit the website of the Office of Student Records at the University of Maine for information about transfer credit.

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