Art Education

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. New England residents may qualify for a tuition break. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Gain real-world, hands-on experience teaching art education in school and community settings.
  • Tailor your studies to your interests and talents: Concentrate in ceramics, photography and digital art and design, painting and drawing, or sculpture.
  • Study in a program that is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Qualify to apply for state licensure as a PreK-12 teacher or a community arts endorsement.
  • Enjoy a low student-teacher ratio, mentorship, and peer learning from dedicated and attentive faculty, who are all practicing artists and art teachers.
  • Take advantage of studio spaces for printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing, design, bookmaking, photography, a state-of-the-art digital lab, and simulated art education classroom.
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Student teaching

You’ll gain hands-on experience through an internship in one of our PreK-12 districts across the state, or in a community art program in one of USM Art Education’s 15 partner organizations which include museums, art centers, organizations, and programs.

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Community connections

Students run the ArtLab program, a series of art classes with youth ages 8-16. ArtLab provides Art Education majors with practice in writing curriculum and teaching art classes in a simulated environment.

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Discover your artistic potential

Our curriculum provides students with a solid studio background as well as diverse teaching experiences so they are prepared for roles as artists and teachers. You’ll graduate ready to pursue a PreK-12 teaching certification, teaching art in community settings or nonprofits, art therapy, and expressive arts.

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Program requirements

The art education major offers an in-depth studio experience as well as a professional course of study in art education leading to either teaching certification in Maine or a community art degree with alternative student teaching experiences based within the community.

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National accreditation

Our program is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), which is a special recognition for art college programs, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Enjoy a sense of community

You’ll benefit from individualized mentorship, low student-teacher ratio, and peer learning from dedicated and attentive faculty, who are top-notch teachers and teaching artists. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to focus your studies on your preferred area of expertise.

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Creativity in practice

The USM Art Gallery is known for its rich blend of contemporary art exhibitions, lectures, events, and Artist-in-Residence community projects. In addition, it regularly showcases art students’ multidisciplinary projects in a range of media.

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Licensure and certification

As a graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for the PreK-12 teaching licensure within the state of Maine.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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