The Department of Art and Art History has a highly qualified faculty and an exciting and diverse study body. Our spacious, well-equipped studios and classrooms are located in Wilson and Roberts Halls. We have three gallery spaces, each with a different character, in which we host student shows as well as exhibitions by regionally and nationally recognized artists.
Mentoring and Professional Training
When asked what they like the most about our department, most of our students and graduates say it's our emphasis on one-on-one mentoring and the professional training that we've built into our program.
Our capstone courses provide start-to-finish team projects for real clients in web design and game development. In addition, our professional practices course introduces many career paths; hands-on experience in design, promotion, and gallery management; and the development of portfolios to use after graduation.
We know that practical experience as an artist is invaluable, which is why we encourage all of our students to intern with local business. These can range from advertising agencies like Younger Associates to individual businesses with design needs like Sterling Health and Benefield Homes to public institutions like the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Merrimack Hall. Some of our students even work right here on campus in our Continuing Education Department and the Student Life office.
Many of our students choose to pursue art at the graduate level – and thanks to their high-quality work and the close mentoring of our faculty, almost 90% of them are accepted into the programs they want with full assistantships and living stipends.
The UAH Department of Art & Art History, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, is dedicated to preparing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing lives as artists, designers, and art historians who will be creative, inquisitive, and well-rounded individuals, conscious of the important role that artistic endeavor and intellectual pursuit plays within their lives and throughout our culture.