University of Alaska Anchorage
About University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Anchorage is Alaska's largest university, located in the city of Anchorage and surrounded by the spectacular wilderness of Alaska. It features a maritime climate and an unlimited array of natural beauty. From downtown Anchorage you can see two active volcanoes, the highest point on the continent of North America Mount McKinley, and six major mountain ranges including the Tordrillo Mountains and the Aleutian Range. Of the 100,000 glaciers in Alaska, 60 are within 50 miles of the city. Wildlife viewing is a year-round attraction, with several State and National Parks nearby. There are also several Glacier and Wildlife Cruises available year-round. In addition, many of the area hotels have a ¡§northern lights wake up call¡¨ for guests who indicate that they want to be awakened if a display of the breathtaking Aurora Borealis should appear in the night sky.
UAA offers four-year degree programs to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts within the discipline of photography. The core art curriculum includes study in drawing, two and three-dimensional design, and history of world art. Additional study is required in both two and three-dimensional techniques including painting, printmaking, graphic design and illustration, sculpture, and ceramics. After completion of core curriculum, students may choose a photography studio emphasis. The photography program is an integrated curriculum where both traditional darkroom photography and digital imaging are offered. Students in Beginning Photography learn traditional photography using film and printing in the darkroom. In the 300 and 400 level courses both traditional and digital methods of photography are studied. The UAA Photography Program has a large group darkroom, giving the students the capability to use various types of format negatives and print in both black and white or color. Photo students also have access to the Computer Arts Lab to work digitally.
UAA offers a multitude of scholarships funded both privately and by the University itself. Most are specific to the student's chosen course of study or College. The College of Arts and Sciences offers several scholarships in the Art field including the Emi Chance Memorial Scholarship and the Muriel Hannah Scholarship in Art. There are also general scholarships available to all students regardless of field of study including the Alumni Association Scholarship and the General Scholarship Fund. Students apply for all scholarships with completion of one electronic application, submitted through UAOnline.
UAA is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges and University of the Northwest. The varsity athletic teams at UAA compete in the NCAA division in sports including basketball, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Hockey, Skiing, Track and Field, and Volleyball. For sports enthusiasts not on the varsity level, UAA offers Intramural Sports including basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, Broomball, Ice Hockey, and Innertube Waterpolo. In addition, UAA offers many student clubs such as the Concert Board, a student fee funded program designed to bring big name entertainment to UAA. The university also offers a Greek Council of Fraternities and Sororities, a Union of Students student government association, and an on-campus newspaper and radio station. Students can also take advantage of study abroad programs in Europe, South America, Australia, and New Zealand through the National Student Exchange which offers semester and year long exchanges with 170 participating universities.