Visual and Performing Arts: Arts Administration

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Visual and Performing Arts: Arts Administration

As an embodiment of our departmental name — Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry — the bachelor’s degree in Visual and Performing Arts fosters inquiry into the ideas, processes, and meanings of the arts. Even though you will choose a concentration in a specific area — Art and Visual Culture, Arts Administration, Music, or Theatre — you will be encouraged, through coursework and creative projects, to engage in discussion, study, and collaboration with students and faculty across all disciplines, thereby challenging the boundaries that have traditionally separated us.

At the heart of the VAPA degree are the three Project courses. The gateway into the program is Project 1, a course where all arts majors work with faculty to pursue a topic, idea, or project, with each student making a unique contribution to the collective vision. In Project 2, sophomores and juniors work together on a project connected to the community for public presentation, largely independent from faculty. Project 3, the culmination of the degree, is a thesis paper, artistic project, or internship, providing seniors with a launching pad for their career after UMF.

The concentration in Arts Administration combines studies in business with an emphasis in Art and Visual Culture, Music, Theatre, or Individualized Studies. This degree helps prepare students for careers in non-profit and commercial artistic enterprises, such as performance organizations, arts commissions, galleries, broadcast and other media outlets, retail businesses, and so on.

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

SPV 200A Project 1
SPV 160A Introduction to Live/Performance Art
SPV 400 Project 3
BUS 208 Principles of Accounting
BUS 310 Human Resources Management
BUS 360 Entrepreneurship