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Department of Art and Art History

The UAB Department of Art + Art History fosters critical and creative thinking, communication, problem solving and community engagement through our curriculum and programs. We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, which confirms that our programs meet the highest standards in art and design education. Explore our website to see the numerous ways in which our faculty, students, and community contribute to a vibrant and dynamic culture at UAB, Birmingham, and beyond.

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Announcing: M. A. In Cultural Heritage Studies

Announcing: M. A. In Cultural Heritage Studies

UAB’s Cultural Heritage Studies program—the only professional degree of its kind in the state of Alabama—provides students with an understanding of the relationship between culture, knowledge, and power. The program prepares students to understand, interpret, and promote a broad range of cultural activities, with an emphasis on art and architecture. Students train in heritage interpretation and outreach, promoting community engagement in the process. They develop skills and values pertinent to public history, digital history, museum studies, cultural resource management, and heritage tourism.

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  • Sophomore Amelia Hawkins uses her UAB experiences to take care of our ecosystem
    In this guest article, Amelia Hawkins, a sophomore currently studying art, shares her service learning experience taking care of birds of prey.
  • Gift endows first non-faculty staff position for director of UAB’s AEIVA
    A first-of-its-kind endowment from art patrons Lydia Cheney and Jim Sokol will ensure the well-being of UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts and contemporary art for years to come.
  • UAB’s Valerie Accetta, Jenny Fine awarded $5,000 Alabama State Council on the Arts grants
    Head of musical theater Accetta is training to become an Estill Voice Training mentor and course instructor — the first in Alabama and one of only 12 in the country.