Graduate Programs in Studio Art Application Materials and DeadlineClass critiquiing work by Heather Leigh Whidden; painting by Joshua Whidden in background, in Bilateral; Memory & Experience, 2015, Sella-Granata Art Gallery.

Applicants to the graduate program in studio art submit some materials directly to the department, and other materials to the UA Graduate School.

PART I — submit directly to the Department of Art and Art History

  • Portfolio of 20 significant pieces representing your work. The portfolio must be a Microsoft Powerpoint slideshow on the CD. Each image in the slideshow must be in .jpeg format, no larger than 7.5 x 10″ at 72 dpi. Each image must include the artist’s name, title of work, date work was completed, dimensions (height x width x depth, as applicable), and medium.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope with appropriate postage for return of CD (if desired)
  • Completed Department Information Sheet and Assistantship Application (if desired)
  • Three letters of recommendation on official letterhead (the letters must each be in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature across the seal on the outside of the envelope. Letters may also be submitted electronically using the Graduate School website online application feature.

Address this part of the application to
Allison Grant
Director of Graduate Studies, Studio Art
UA Department of Art and Art History
Box 870270
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0270

PART II — submit directly to the Graduate School

Completed application form (available here)
Statement of purpose
Official transcript(s)
Application fee

Address this part of the application to
Office of the Graduate School
Box 870118
102 Rose Administration Building
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0118
Phone: (205) 348-5921

The Graduate School’s website,, includes an online application and downloadable forms. Contact Allison Grant for a Studio Art Graduate Applicant Information Packet.

Application Deadline
The studio graduate program deadline for mandatory fall semester entry is February 10, 2018 (postmark date).

For more information about admission to the graduate program in studio art, contact Allison Grant, Director of Graduate Studies, Studio Art,

Assistantships and Admission Status

Conditionally admitted students, those on probation, and those in non-degree status may not hold assistantships without special permission of the Dean of the Graduate School.

All graduate assistants must be full-time students. However, “full-time” means from 1 to 12 hours of graduate work, depending upon the obligations of the assistantship. A 1.00 full-time equivalent (FTE) assistantship award would represent a 40-hour work week. Minimum full-time enrollment loads for graduate assistants vary with the FTE of their awards. Maximum course loads are also recommended for each FTE level. The following table illustrates these limits. Any exceptions to these limits must be approved by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the dean of the UA Graduate School.

FTE Level Minimum Hours Req Maximum Hours
1.00 (40 hours) 1 3
0.75 (30 hours) 3 6
0.50 (20 hours) 6 9
0.25 (10 hours) 9 12


Studio Art Coursework and Degree Requirements