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Courses for Adult Learners

Courses for Adult Learners

Returning to Summer Programs for Adult Learners in 2015, will be two of College of the Atlantic’s most popular summer course offerings — both focusing on the arts — appealing to both new and returning participants. Adult learners and educators looking for new opportunities to hone their artistic techniques, creative exploration, and professional growth, will study and learn in the unique outdoor laboratory of Mount Desert Island.  Each course will combine labs, discussions, lectures, and field trips, while exploring the waters and outer islands of Frenchman Bay, as well as the forests, flora, and fauna of Acadia National Park. Whichever program you choose, you will leave with an artistically strong and creative portfolio of your work.  

2015 Courses for Adult Learners — July 5-18

Botanical Illustration: Explorations in Drawing and Painting from Historical Tradition to Contemporary Techniques
taught by Jean Carlson Masseau

Taking inspiration from naturalist artists of the great “Age of Discovery” who boarded ships bound for faraway places to document the botanical life of distant lands, participants of this class will board COA’s research vessel, the Osprey to draw and paint native botanical specimens on the Outer Porcupine Islands.  Students will build a portfolio of sketches, finished drawings and watercolor paintings starting with simple subjects and progressing through more complex flowers and plants, utilizing a variety of settings, from the COA studio and campus to sites in and around Acadia National Park.   

Conservation Photography for Everyone: Focusing on a Fragile Planet 
taught by Randy Fitzgerald and Nancy Harris
This class will focus on the fundamentals of digital photography with an emphasis placed on the concept of environmental photography.  This area of imagery makes the distinction between capturing images for pleasure, and the creation of images to serve the purpose of conserving nature by revealing the beauty and fragility of our planet’s natural systems.   Many days will be spent on expeditions in and around Acadia National Park, Schoodic Peninsula, and Bass Harbor and will require light hiking.

After your day’s adventure, you will return to campus to enjoy a tasty dinner prepared by our talented kitchen staff. Evenings are on your own to simply relax or slip away to explore the local downtown scene in Bar Harbor or one of the other villages on the island. The free Island Explorer buses stop at COA every 15 minutes. 

Participants will be eligible to earn continuing education credits through the University of Maine.  Summer courses at COA are no longer available for graduate credit.


  • Tuition Rates for 2015: The base tuition rate for a two-week course is $1,390, the same as 2014. Please inquire about single week options.
  • Room and Board: Housing and meals are $990/single, $790/shared for two weeks. Each course has an application fee of $25 and lab fees vary. Housing is available on our oceanfront, Bar Harbor campus on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • CEUs: Both 2015 summer courses have been pre-approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the University of Maine. Students taking a course for continuing education will receive a pass or fail.
  • Class Size: Small classes (13 maximum)optimize contact between faculty and students.
  • Registration: Students are strongly encouraged to register no later than May 1, 2015, but will be accepted through June pending space availability. Please contact the Summer Programs office prior to booking long distance flights, as there are instances where courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment.   Please note:  Summer courses at COA are no longer eligible for graduate credit.

Summer 2015 Courses

For a complete listing of our 2015 summer course offerings, pleaseclick here.


Click here for secure online course registration. Payment may be made via check, credit card, or purchase order.

Bring Your Family!

While you're in class your family members can enjoy exploring Acadia National Park with our expert naturalist guides!

COA's popular Family Nature Camp offers week-long sessions between July 5 – August 1, 2015.

Our Summer Field Studies day camp for children offers one- and two-week sessions for children in grades 1– 9.

Contact Information

Summer Programs

College of the Atlantic

105 Eden Street

Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone: 1-800-597-9500

Fax: 207-288-3780


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