Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at UMM is a unique program that allows students to work on all the fine arts, both separately in individual classes and in combined seminars and projects. Students specialize and generalize at the same time. They work with other students and faculty, collaborating on works of art from theater performances to multimedia installations.
Concentrations in the areas of Visual Art, Creative Writing, and Music, as well as a self-designed concentration (for those interested in more than one form of expression), are available for all students. Experience in the fine arts complements any field of study.
Why Study Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at UMM?
- You will interact with guest artists who will share their practical experiences and their artistic vision.
- A senior project allows you to express yourself in the medium/media of your choice.
- The rugged beauty of the coastal Downeast Maine has been inspiring artists for generations.
Careers in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts
Artists don’t just paint paintings, play in orchestras and rock bands, act in movies or write novels, they also work in business, communications, education, and journalism. Artists’ creativity, flexibility, and skill position them to succeed in a wide variety of fields –many of which are in the fastest growing sectors of the economy. The program also successfully prepares students for graduate school. An IFA degree could lead to careers in:
- Set Design
- Studio Recording
UMM’s B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts adds new twists to traditional arts programs. Individualized learning plans, intense focus on one area of the arts, and interdisciplinary interactions among many arts characterize the program. Students concentrate in book arts, creative writing, music or visual arts but they learn about all the arts. The program includes rich interactions with all teachers in the fine arts areas and other students in the program. The program is also heavily experiential, for example, students produce their own books, concerts, gallery exhibits, magazines, and radio shows. They learn how to survive in the world of art. At the same time, the B. A. curriculum helps develop skills associated with the traditional liberal arts: thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Studies show that when you learn about more than one form of art, you hone skills in communication and problem solving. These skills are in high demand in today’s job market. Through an interdisciplinary approach, a student can become an artist and an arts manager, a writer and online graphics designer, or a musician and a teacher. With a B. A. degree, students can also pursue graduate study in multiple fields such as art therapy, law, or library science. they can undertake advanced study in the art area of their choice.
Bernard Vinzani, Professor Of Art/Book Arts
Director of the UMM Art Galleries
Book Arts Studio, Dorward Hall