Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. 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

  • Tailor your studies to your interests and talents: Concentrate in ceramics, photography and digital art and design, painting and drawing, or sculpture.
  • Gain real-world experience with practicing artists, galleries, museums, non-profit organizations, and cultural institutions through our internship program.
  • Prepare for a wide range of careers in areas such as visual art and design, art therapy, illustration, arts administration, and museum studies.
  • Take advantage of dedicated studio spaces for printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing, design, bookmaking, photography, and a state-of-the-art digital lab.
  • Study in a program that is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
  • Immerse yourself in impactful events including our lecture series or the artist-in-residence program, which brings a nationally recognized artist to teach and produce work.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Program requirements

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.

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Visiting Artists

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.

A sculpture and painting in the USM Art Gallery BFA/BA exhibition.

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.

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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.

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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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