The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle is a four-year degree program intended to provide the student with an extensive, studio-oriented education. The student’s development in both conceptual and technical competence is of interest to the faculty in Art, who believe that creative vision and technical expertise are equally necessary for the practicing artist. Courses in art history and film complement the studio courses, enriching the student’s experience of art in its varied forms. The encouragement of excellence in critical inquiry and experimentation is an important feature of the Program.
Admission to the BFA program - required: ART 120 , ART 121 , ART 103 ,ART 211 , and ART 212 . These courses are required before the student enters his/her area of emphasis. An emphasis requires that the student take seven courses (21 credits) from one of the following sequences: Drawing/Painting; Ceramics/ Sculpture; Photography/Digital Media; Mixed Media. This sequence must be completed before ART 499A and ART 499B Fine Art Senior Exhibition. ART 499A /ART 499B is designed to clarify and establish a personal direction in the student’s major emphasis. The student will formulate an in-depth study of an advanced program in his/her emphasis of study.
Written and oral defense of the student’s artwork will terminate in a one-person exhibition. Fall and Spring enrollment in the same calendar year is required. The candidate for the BFA is required to maintain a 2.80 average in all art courses and a 2.50 average in all other academic courses.