While many of Maine’s artists are self-trained, many were brought up in the incredible art schools that dot our great state. If you’re considering moving to Maine for art school, or if you’re already a Mainer looking to fine-tune your craft, check out any of these excellent higher education institutions.
Bates College – Bates College, located in Lewiston, ME, offers 6 Art and Design degree programs. This is a small, private, selective college in a small city.
Bowdoin College – This small, prestigious college offers 4 types of art degrees and is a private university in the outlying town of Brunswick.
Colby College – Located in Waterville, ME, Colby offers 6 Art and Design degree programs. This is a small, private university in a remote town between Augusta and Bangor.
Husson University – Husson is a private university in Bangor, ME, and offers 1 type of art degree.
Maine College of Art – Devoted entirely to the study and practice of Art, M.E.C.A. offers 10 Art and Design degree programs. This is a very small, private university in Portland.
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine – Set in beautiful Standish, Saint Joseph’s College of Main, known colloquially as “Saint Joe’s,” has 2 Art and Design degrees. This is a small, private university.
The University of Maine – While U.M. has outposts around the state, the primary campus is in northern Orono. This university has 12 Art and Design programs and is a medium-sized public university in a small suburb.
University of Southern Maine – This medium-sized public university offers 12 types of art degrees and is in Portland, Gorham, Lewiston, and online, though the primary campus is in beautiful Portland.