University Of Southern Maine
The USMART Program offers the intimacy of an art school within the abundant and varied environment of a University. Located on the University's Gorham Campus, students are able enjoy the secure environment of a small liberal arts campus within a small New England town, yet have easy access to the many cultural offerings of Greater Portland.
USMART offers a low student teacher ratio where students are able to gain the benefits of mentorship with the camaraderie and peer learning of the classroom. Our goal is to graduate artists and art professionals who possess a thorough grounding in their field (both practical and theoretical), who honor the creative process, and who can write about, criticize, and bring context to works of art.
The Department is not tied to a specific style or approach to art making, but instead emphasizes students' ability to think creatively, to include their own point of view, and to defend their choices with an informed voice.