The Department of Art and Art History provides an innovative, energetic, and interdisciplinary learning environment that focuses on academic excellence in the areas of art history and studio art. We provide specialized education for majors and minors with our department, as well as offer general enrichment to students working within the broader context of a university-wide liberal arts curriculum. Our introductory-level courses aim at developing in students a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts from a global perspective. Our upper-level curriculum continues this goal while also preparing students for graduate study or for positions within the art world, including museum administration, publishing, communication arts, and design.
The graduate program in the Department of Art and Art History encourages a high level of creative thinking and intellectual inquiry, training students to become practicing artists, teachers in higher education, or professionals in other art or art-related fields. Programs within the department provide an informative, resourceful atmosphere that encourages artistic initiative and scholarly investigation. Faculty members are committed to teaching excellence, research, and service. They incorporate traditional methods with emerging scholarship in their teaching and research, regularly publish in regional, national, and international publications, and participate in exhibitions and public presentations. With the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, the Department of Art and Art History is an important resource for the university and is an integral part of the local and statewide arts scene.
ABOUT WEST ALABAMA: Tuscaloosa is ideally located in the Southeast, convenient to metropolitan cities, mountains, and beaches. The area offers year-round outdoor activities, a vibrant arts community, the cultural benefits of a major university, and services befitting a larger community.
All programs in the Department of Art and Art History are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
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A short history of the Department of Art and Art History.