The University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, AL | Alabama Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

The University of Alabama

School Summary
739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
(205) 348-6010
Degree Type:
Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Tuscaloosa is home to a variety of cultural sites and events, many of which are sponsored by the university. Visitors can find performing arts groups and facilities, historical sites, and museums dedicated to varying subjects including American art and even collegiate football. Another highlight of the city is the nightlife, with popular venues such as the Houndstooth and Innisfree Irish Pub. Food connoisseurs can find everything from old-fashioned country cooking to Italian cuisine, and of course the area offers much in the way of barbecue. Tuscaloosa is home to the world-famous Dreamland Drive-Inn Bar-B-Que, a site featured in many magazines, newspapers and on ESPN.

The University of Alabama is a four-year comprehensive research university founded in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college. Inaugural ceremonies were held on April 18, 1831. By the end of May that year, 52 students had enrolled. Today, total enrollment is over 20,000 students. The University is ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings, released in Fall 2008. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity ranks the University seventh in the nation among public universities in a study published in Forbes magazine. The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The department of clothing, textiles and interior design within the college of human environmental sciences offers four-year BS degrees in both interior design and apparel and textiles with a concentration in apparel design. The concentration in apparel design is planned for students interested in preparing for design, production, and management careers in the textile and apparel industry. The curriculum is flexible, allowing students to choose coursework from areas such as art, business, and communication. Design students work on actual industry problems posed by regional apparel manufacturers. Field trips, study tours, and guest lectures allow for direct interaction with those in the industry. Students are also given the opportunity to complete an internship in design or production with a regionally or nationally known textile or apparel manufacturer. Required coursed include fashion illustration, textile design, apparel production, applied design, computer-aided apparel design, textiles and apparel in international trade, a history of costumes, and a senior portfolio review.

The program in interior design prepares students for professional careers in both residential and nonresidential interior design. The coursework is designed to prepare students to apply to become registered interior designers. Facilities include design studios, lecture rooms, resource areas for product catalogs and samples of materials, and state of the art computer labs. In addition to receiving information through the classroom or studio environments, students can also review Powerpoints or download Podcasts through the Internet. Required courses include applied design, textile design, materials and sources for interior design, four levels of interior design, histories of interiors and furnishings, and AutoCAD for interior design. Portfolio reviews are held in both junior and senior years, and an internship is available for all students during the summer between junior and senior years.

The National Alumni Association at UA offers academic scholarships to all new and returning students. Other available scholarships include the Academic Elite Scholarships, in-state and out-of-state scholar awards, the Coca Cola First Generation scholarship, the Alumni Heritage Scholarship, and the Alumni Scholar Award. UA also offers a Top Scholars program for National Merit and National Achievement finalists and National Hispanic Scholars. The university application for admission includes a scholarship section. Upon completion and submission of this information, all new students are considered for available scholarships.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,