This program’s approach to the arts incorporates our belief in the importance of educating critical thinkers, inspired makers, and engaged citizens. Learning, experimenting and engaging ideas is a collaborative adventure taken on by students and faculty alike. Students also gain a thorough understanding of the contemporary and historical ideas surrounding studio practice as well as the role art plays in the local and global community. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Visual Arts at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on.  If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in one of the following Art courses: ART 120A (or any 100 level ART course), or ARH 274 or ARH 276.
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Art Renegades, Film Club).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Meghan Price at The Partnership for Civic Engagement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington:

Can I minor in Art? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes! UMF has minors in Art, Art History, Film Studies, Music, Music Studies, and Theatre.  Click here for more information. Majors related to Art include Interactive Media: Art Emphasis and Visual and Performing Arts with concentrations in Arts Administration.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Senior Project Designer at Esty / NYC, Community Arts Director, Graphic Designer, Assistant Director of SALT Institute, Freelance Artist, Technical Writer, Set Designer for Stop Motion Animation Studio, Audio Visual Technician, Web Specialist, Art Teacher, Photographer, Video Studio Teaching Assistant at California Institute of the Arts, Assistant Librarian in the Art & Music Library at Colby College, Marketing Coordinator, Digital Broadband Ambassador/Graphic Designer at Samsung, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Curator, Layout Artist, Photojournalist, Art Therapist, Painter, Web designer, and many more.  Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How to I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major:  Jesse Potts, Merrill Hall,, 207-778-7072.

Prospective students should meet with an Art advisor to discuss courses and portfolio review and then complete a change of major form available in Merrill Center.

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