UAB Department of Art and Art History Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Greetings from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Art and Art History. We are thrilled to share our program with you at such a pivotal moment in the Department’s trajectory, UAB’s growth, and Birmingham’s rebirth. The department is committed to training artists and art historians to make a mark in the classroom, across campus, and throughout the community, and we hope you might consider joining us at UAB.

UAB’s Department of Art and Art History is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. We offer a BFA in Studio Arts, a BA in Art History and Art Studio, an MA in Art History and Art Education. All of the work we do demonstrates the synergy that can happen when a city, university and community devote themselves to cultural expansion. Nationally and internationally active scholars and artists who promote creative inquiry, scholarship, and innovation are actively teaching in our classrooms and studios. Our faculty not only emphasize, support and set high expectations for our students, but they foster the individual voices of our students and help them realize their potential.

A vibrant Visiting Artist and Scholar series enhances our curriculum by bringing nationally and internationally 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 wide variety of student exhibition and professional development programs provide students with a rich and diverse experience in the visual arts.

We are proud commitment to our mission and our community in a city rich with history and a university with a strong commitment to arts and culture. On this website you will find videos, faculty bios, student portfolios, and descriptions of each of our academic and studio programs. You can also follow us @uabdaah on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram.

We are tremendously proud of our program and would be delighted to speak with you about how you can make your mark here at UAB.

To schedule a personal tour or portfolio review, please contact Jared Ragland via email at or by phone at (205) 975-0693.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB is located in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the largest manufacturing, banking, business and medical hubs in the southeast. The city is also a vibrant arts community. Situated at this crossroads our students have access to an array of resources, opportunities and partnerships. The city is culturally diverse, surrounded by restaurants, entertainment venues, galleries, theatre, shopping, one-of-a-kind events and local traditions.