Enhance your growth as an artist
Field education is at the heart of our Art BA program, and it’s an integral part of putting creativity into practice while achieving individualized academic goals. We provide opportunities with practicing artists, galleries, arts-related businesses, museums, non-profit organizations, and cultural institutions.
Discover your artistic potential
Our art graduates are qualified for a range of careers that maintain dynamic creative practices. You’ll be prepared for roles in visual art and design, art therapy, illustration, arts administration, and museum studies as well as esteemed graduate programs with prestigious artist residencies.
Dedicated exhibition spaces
Students have access to dedicated exhibition spaces that include the USM Art Gallery, where you can participate in an annual Juried Student show, and view professional and contemporary exhibitions by world-class artists.
Enjoy a sense of community
Students benefit from individualized mentorship and low student-teacher ratios with expert faculty. You’ll learn the critical skills needed to become informed visual artists and visually literate members of society.
You’ll be immersed in a nationally accredited program that prides itself on giving students a rigorous studio experience, historical understanding of the complexity of art practices, in combination with concentrated course work in a non-art academic field for rewarding visual arts careers.
Each year, visiting artists and scholars, one of whom is the long-term artist-in-residence, from international, national, and regional locations engage in activities ranging from student art critiques, demonstrations, art exhibitions, and lectures.
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, the gallery regularly showcases art students’ multidisciplinary projects in a range of media.
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.