SPVI (Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry)
The Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry at the University of Maine Farmington offers courses in art, dance, music, and theatre, as well as interdisciplinary courses which integrate the arts with other fields. Our performing organizations—the orchestra, band, chorus, chamber choir, Theatre UMF, and the UMF Dancers—present many productions and concerts each year. The Art Gallery mounts a wide range of exhibitions, including the eagerly-anticipated show in the spring for graduating art majors. As a department we frequently collaborate with the broader western Maine arts community.
Some of our students will be pursuing careers in the visual or performing arts; others are simply exploring the arts to enhance their educational experience at UMF. Our current degree programs include a BA in Art and two interdisciplinary arts programs in music and theatre and three degrees in Arts Administration with an emphasis in art, music, or theatre. Students may also, in consultation with their advisor, design an individualized major tailored to their specific interests and career goals. Another option is to study art, music, or theatre as a secondary area, either through the 18-credit minor or as one of the 30-credit concentrations in the Special and Elementary Education Programs.