University of Alabama at Birmingham
About University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama at Birmingham is a world-renowned research university located in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham, known as "The Magic City," is an industrial southern city turned into a business city. During the 1960's 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." Just south of Nashville, the city is surrounded by ridges and mountains that provide relief from industry and business in favor of natural beauties. 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 4-year BA degree 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 degrees 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.
UAB provides many scholarships to students who present outstanding academic credentials. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, financial need, or athletic or artistic talent. Some have specific requirements or conditions that must be met, and several two-year scholarships are available for transfer students. Many awards are renewable each year. 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 all 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 provided to students include computer centers, counseling and wellness services, a mentor program, the Minority Scholars Program, and disability and veterans services. Career services including one-on-one career counseling, an online resume referral service, and special seminars and conferences throughout the year intended to boost interview and resume-writing skills are also offered free of charge to students. 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 17 intercollegiate men¡¦s and women¡¦s teams in 13 sports as a member of the NCAA¡¦s Division I and Conference USA.