Program Overview

Add new shades of expertise to your palette by blending the traditional with the contemporary. As an Art and Design Media major, you will experience the best of both worlds, merging study in classic studio arts, such as painting, drawing, and ceramics, with training in modern-day digital media, such as animation and 3D printing. Engage your creative side while learning real-world skills that are applicable across fields and disciplines. Make your “mark” at UNE.

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Why UNE for Art and Design Media

Whether your specialty is landscape painting or video production, we focus not just on the art itself but its impact on other disciplines, encouraging you to make connections between your personal experience and the arts, sciences, social sciences, and the environment.

  • Intriguing internships
  • Flexible curriculum allowing for double majors and minors
  • Class sizes of 15 or smaller
  • Emphasis on community engagement and local arts
  • Access to medical and science faculty for study of scientific illustration
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration


As an Art and Design Media major, you will master technical skills in centuries-old crafts as well as cutting-edge modern applications. In addition, you will develop a flair for self-expression, a talent for interpreting complex ideas, and dexterity in adopting different perspectives – skills that transcend job categories and will help distinguish you in a wide array of professions.

Our graduates have pursued many fascinating professions, including:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Animator
  • Photographer
  • Arts Educator
  • Web Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Video Producer
  • Illustrator
  • Ceramicist

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.


of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

(per 2016-2020 graduate surveys)


in Maine for getting a job

(Zippia, 2021)

Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


Examples of available courses

There are many ways you can navigate the Art and Design Media major. The following are just some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:

  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Watercolor
  • Landscape Painting
  • Graphic Design
  • Boat Building
  • Scientific Illustration
  • Digital Animation
  • Photography

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Honors program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or academic director for specific criteria and requirements.



Experiential Learning

Get out your smock because we don’t teach art and design from a textbook. Our classes emphasize hands-on, real-world learning that stirs your imagination, ignites your creativity, and prepares you for a successful professional career. At the easel, in the darkroom, by the potter’s wheel, or with your computer, get ready to create your future.


Internships provide valuable field experience, giving you an opportunity to explore career options and network with professionals. You may intern near campus during the academic year or in your hometown over the summer.

Our students have held internships in many exciting positions, such as:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Editorial Art Assistant
  • Photography Aide
  • Assistant Music Teacher
  • Gallery Assistant

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office English contact Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or

Global Education

See the world

Experience the awe and wonder of international art by studying abroad for a semester in Iceland, France, Spain, or at UNE’s own global campus in Tangier, Morocco. Alternatively, you may choose from several shorter travel courses, including trips to Kenya, Ireland, Cuba, Mexico, and several cities in Italy, where you can discover the art of the Renaissance masters, like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Bernini.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.


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