University of Alabama at Birmingham - Birmingham, AL | Alabama Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

University of Alabama at Birmingham

School Summary
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294
(205) 934-4011
Degree Type:
One but less than two years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice; Doctor's degree - other
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham is a research university located in Birmingham, Alabama. During the 1960s the city played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement, with events like 1963's sit-ins and protests against the Jim Crow system and statements like Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Major Birmingham attractions and events include the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, VisionLand Theme Park, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, UAW-Ford 500 Race, the Museum of Art, the restored Alabama Theater, and ONB Magic City Art Connection.

UAB offers a four-year BA degree program in theater with an available design/technology concentration. Core courses required of all theater majors include theater technology courses focusing on scenery, lighting, costumes, and makeup, introduction to design, and theater history. Additional coursework required for the design/technology concentration include drawing and rendering for the theater, scenic, costume, and lighting design, and costume history. Students must also complete an individual project in design and production and choose an advanced studio course in scenery, costumes, lighting, or audio. Students must also complete a theater practicum course by participating in a UAB Theatre production.

In addition, UAB offers 4-year BA and BFA degree programs in art. Students may choose from several concentrations, including drawing, graphic design, and photography. The BA major with a concentration in studio art is a degree offered for students desiring a liberal arts education with an emphasis in art and design. The BFA degree is offered for students who seek a more concentrated undergraduate professional education in one of the available areas of concentration. This program is recommended for students who intend to pursue professional careers in art and design or who plan to pursue graduate study. Foundational coursework required for all students pursuing an art degree include introductory studies of drawing, 2D design, 3D design, computer graphics/drawing and layout, and digital photo manipulation. Additional coursework includes drawing, lithography, printmaking, graphic design, typography, interactive design, advertising design, illustration, and photography in levels from introductory to advanced. Students are encouraged to complete a field study course providing on-site research at art venues such as museums, galleries and studios typically unavailable to the general public. Participation in project courses and internships are also encouraged. Within the BFA program, students are required to plan and mount an exhibition of work during the final year. Graphic design students may prepare a public portfolio presentation instead of participating in the exhibition.

Scholarships may be available to eligible students who present outstanding academic credentials, financial need, or athletic or artistic talent.  Awards may be renewable. Along with scholarships offered by the university, students may be eligible for awards from individual UAB schools and departments. New freshmen are automatically considered for university-wide academic scholarships once they are accepted.

UAB is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Services available to students include computer centers, counseling and wellness services, a mentor program, the Minority Scholars Program, and disability and veterans services. Career services including career counseling, an online resume referral service, and seminars and conferences throughout the year intended to boost interview and resume-writing skills. Students are encouraged to take an active role in student life by participating in at least one of the more than 150 official student organizations on campus. There are groups devoted to hobbies, music, sports, and culture, along with honor societies, fraternities and sororities, and organizations connected with majors and careers. Intramural sports such as Ultimate Frisbee, softball, outdoor kickball, and bowling are open to all students, and UAB fields intercollegiate men's and women's teams in a multiple sports as a member of the NCAA's Division I and Conference USA.

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