Enhance your growth as an artist
Field education is at the heart of our Studio Art BFA program, and it’s an integral part of putting creativity into practice while achieving individualized academic goals. We provide opportunities with individual professional artists and designers, businesses, museums, galleries, and nonprofits.
Discover your artistic potential
Our students are ready for independent art practice upon graduating. Other graduates go on to earn MFA degrees from competitive programs, attend prestigious artist residencies, exhibit their work nationally, hold teaching appointments, and establish their own businesses.
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.
Expert, accomplished faculty
Learn from faculty who are accomplished practicing artists and scholars who exhibit, publish, and present their work nationally and internationally. You’ll also benefit from individualized mentorship and low student-teacher ratios.
Our program is for students who seek a focused, intensive studio art program or who wish to continue their education at the graduate level. Prepare for professional skills and a personal aesthetic philosophy with an emphasis in ceramics; photography and digital art & design; painting and drawing; or sculpture.
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, it 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.
Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.