UAB Department of Art and Art History - Drawing


The drawing area offers a solid foundation in fundamentals. The beginning course of study focuses on traditional media and representational drawing from the still life and model. At the advanced level, students develop individual projects that critically explore personal approaches with complex and diverse media. Experimental approaches in contemporary drawing are cultivated. Studio experience, lecture, and critiques encourage an awareness and consideration of the broader historical, cultural and theoretical implications of their work in drawing. Drawing is an essential tool for all media. It is a tool for learning, as well as a vehicle for thinking and organizing thoughts and aesthetics. Drawing provides students with the visual language, which will serve as a basic and practical tool applicable in many different situations. Newly designed drawing areas allow for a diverse curriculum from beginning level courses to illustration, book arts, installation and advanced seminars and independent study. Studies are enhanced with gallery and studio visits, panel reviews and visiting artists in drawing and paper arts. Students are provided with a combination of practical knowledge and creative support. Along with building their technical and conceptual skills, information about grants, exhibitions opportunities, public and service art projects and portfolio development are addressed. Students in the drawing program regularly exhibit their work, go to residencies, and pursue their terminal MFA degree education at graduate schools or engage professional practice.