about art

Studying art will change your perspective on the world. As student in the UAB Department of Art and Art History, you will learn to think critically and independently, communicate effectively, solve problems, and empathize with how other people see and express themselves. You will learn the skills and techniques needed to communicate your stance as a maker/thinker and will practice the art of critical analysis.

The UAB Department of Art and Art History is committed to training artists and art historians to innovate and thrive in the classroom and within their communities. We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

At UAB you can pursue a variety of degree programs including a B.F.A. in Studio Arts, a B.A. in Art History and Art Studio, an M.A. in Art History, and an M.A. in Cultural Heritage Studies, an innovative multidisciplinary program and the first of its kind in the state of Alabama.

As a student at UAB, you are instructed by nationally and internationally active scholars and artists who promote creative inquiry, scholarship, and innovation in their work and in the classroom. Our faculty, emphasize, support and set high expectations for our students to help them cultivate their individual voices and realize their potential. Our dedication has long-lasting effects as our alumni have continued to excel in their fields.

Our commitment to our mission and our community is demonstrated by the synergy created through our community partnerships across Birmingham, a city rich with history, culture, and opportunity where you have access to an array of resources, opportunities, and partnerships unmatched anywhere else in the state of Alabama.

A vibrant Visiting Artist and Scholar Series enhances our curriculum by bringing renowned artists, scholars, and designers to UAB for lectures, workshops, critiques, and exhibitions. Our newly renovated studios, state-of-the-art digital labs, small class sizes, and a wide variety of student exhibition and professional development programs provide students with rich and diverse experience in the visual arts.

On this website, you will find faculty and staff bios, events , and descriptions of each of our academic and studio programs. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Schedule a Tour

We would be happy to speak with you about how you can make your mark here at UAB. To schedule a personal tour or portfolio review, please contact the Department of Art and Art History at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (205) 975-6267.