Art Education

UAB's Art Education program is housed within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This program consists of a Master's of Arts degree in Art Education and also an an alternative master's degree in Art Education. The first purpose of this Art Education program is to prepare educators in meeting the evolving needs of learners in grades P-12 within today's rapidly changing society. Its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach that prepares educators to use state-of-the-art instructional strategies in their own classrooms. Its third purpose is to ensure that a quality program is available to pre-service and in-service teachers who may be unable to attend class during traditional class hours. UAB's teacher education program is unique in how it combines online support from Blackboard with a variety of delivery formats:

  • blended courses (online alternating with face-to-face evenings)
  • flexible summer programming
  • totally online platforms
  • Saturday classes

Prospective students should contact the Program Director, Dr. Susan Spezzini, at spezzini@uab.edu (205-934-8357).

For detailed information regarding admission requirements for the School of Education graduate programs, please visit the Admissions Requirements website at https://www.uab.edu/education/studentservices/admission-requirements.

ARH-Art History Courses

ARH 507. The Art of Rome. 3 Hours.

Covers Ancient Rome, but focuses on Medieval through early Baroque painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examines the city of Rome over time. Also considers the impact of the papacy on the city and its use of ancient Roman models.

ARH 519. Arts of Death in the Middle Ages. 3 Hours.

The visual culture of death and the afterlife from the Roman catacombs to cadaver tombs, 300-1500.

ARH 521. Italian Renaissance Art. 3 Hours.

The visual arts of the Italian Renaissance (1300-1550) in their historic context.

ARH 522. The Birth of Painting: Portable Pictures Across Renaissance Europe. 3 Hours.

The emergence of modern easel painting, 1300-1600.

ARH 523. Study Abroad: European Art. 3 Hours.

On-site study of art and architecture in Europe.

ARH 524. Northern Renaissance Art. 3 Hours.

The visual arts of the Northern Renaissance (1300-1600) in their historic context.

ARH 530. Eighteenth-Century Art in Europe. 3 Hours.

Visual culture in eighteenth-century Britain and France including study of eighteenth-century holdings in the Birmingham Museum of Art.

ARH 531. European Painting in the Seventeenth Century. 3 Hours.

Painting in Europe from Italian and Spanish Baroque through the Dutch Golden Age.

ARH 535. Arts of Power in Early Modern Europe. 3 Hours.

The visual arts in service of kings, popes, and the people, 1300-1700.

ARH 540. Nineteenth Century Art I: Neoclassicism and Romanticism. 3 Hours.

Painting, sculpture, and graphic arts in Europe, emphasizing France, 1780-1850.

ARH 541. Nineteenth-Century Art II: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. 3 Hours.

Painting, sculpture,and graphic arts in Europe,1860-1900.

ARH 550. American Art to 1900. 3 Hours.

Painting, sculpture, and architecture in the U.S., with an emphasis on 19th century.

ARH 560. Twentieth Century Art to 1945. 3 Hours.

Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and the United States, 1900-1945.

ARH 561. Modern Design. 3 Hours.

History of modern design. Will examine various design disciplines, design theory, well as the relationships between design, fine art, architecture and popular culture.

ARH 564. Art Since 1945. 3 Hours.

Painting, sculpture, and architecture, primarily in the United States, 1945 to the present.

ARH 565. Aspects of Contemporary Art. 3 Hours.

Topics in contemporary art, ca. 1970 to the present. Course offerings will vary from year to year and will study a specific historical moment, medium, theme, or subject. Prerequisite: ARH 204 or permission of instructor.

ARH 567. Modern Architecture. 3 Hours.

History of modern architecture, covering examples from the late 18th century to the present and emphasizing the United States.

ARH 568. Race and Representation. 3 Hours.

History of 20th-century African American art in context of contemporary theories of identity and in relation to African art. Includes study of objects in the Birmingham Museum of Art.

ARH 570. Tomb Art in East Asia. 3 Hours.

What is the purpose of a tomb? How do its structure and décor convey ancient perceptions of death? Who are the occupants, and how did they envision their journey into the afterlife? This course is a survey of the funerary arts of China, Korea, and Japan. By investigating tombs, shrines, sarcophagi, wall paintings, and grave goods throughout East Asia, we will gain a deeper understanding of ancient religions, social structures, ethnic identities, and cross-cultural interactions. Lectures will be supplemented by several visits to the Museum's Asian collections.

ARH 571. Topics in Asian Cinema. 3 Hours.

This course offers students an introduction to a vital aspect of contemporary Asian culture, recognizing that film can be an important focus of contemporary cultural commentary and critique. The course presumes no prior knowledge of Asia or cinema and its artistic tradition. The goal of the course is to view and discuss, as a class, approximately ten films, emphasizing an understanding of their cultural background and an appreciation of their aesthetic merits as films and cultural settings in Asia. Attendance at weekly screenings is mandatory.

ARH 573. Japanese Prints and Printmakers. 3 Hours.

History of Japanese wood-block prints and printmakers from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.

ARH 574. Landscape and Image in East Asia. 3 Hours.

This course surveys the major traditions of landscape art in East Asia. We will explore the ways in which places and spaces are transformed into famous places and sacred sites and consider the critical role played by visual representation in this process. Major topics include the relationship between landscape and power,cultural memory, literature, mythology, seasonality, travel, and literati culture. We will examine the functions of landscape art in various cultural, geographical, and temporal contexts of East Asia. We will look at landscape painting in China from the Tang through the Ming dynasties and consider the complex processes of cultural dissemination and adaptation by looking at the reception of Chinese landscape painting tradition in Korea and Japan.

ARH 575. Japanese Art. 3 Hours.

Art and culture of Neolithic era through Nineteenth century.

ARH 577. Piety and Power: Art in India after 1200. 3 Hours.

This course looks at the arts of India after 1200, when Indian art and culture was increasingly influenced and altered by religious and secular powers from outside the subcontinent. We will examine Islamic art and architecture under the patronage of various Sultanate traditions, and finally the Mughals, who expressed their power and piety in monumental architecture and extensively illustrated books. We will also consider the influence of Europeans in South Asia, culminating with the colonial project of the British Raj. Ongoing negotiations between these newly-arriving groups and Indians older, indigenous traditions will be studied. Throughout the course we will dissect the categories of knowledge about South Asia and its art that were constructed primarily by the British, considering, for example, the usefulness of dividing India’s art history into categories of “Hindu,” “Islamic,” “European,” and etc.

ARH 578. Buddhist Arts of East Asia. 3 Hours.

Survey of art and architecture created for Buddhist religious purposes in China, Japan, and to a lesser extent Korea and Central Asia. The course will include a brief overview of Buddhist monuments in South Asia, study of the iconography of Buddhist images in graphic and sculptural media, and analysis of a variety of Buddhist styles in painting, sculpture, and architecture.

ARH 579. Study Abroad: Art and Culture of South Asia. 3 Hours.

This course allows students to become immersed in the art and culture of Asia through direct experience in the field. Focus will be primarily on South Asia but may vary with each course offering to include Nepal, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. Preliminary lectures in Birmingham and significant written assignments required.

ARH 580. Art Criticism and Theory. 3 Hours.

A topics course on subjects in art criticism and theory. The specific focus will vary by instructor and may emphasize either non-Western or Western theories, criticisms, and approaches.

ARH 581. Special Topics: Early Modern Art. 3 Hours.

Special topics in the arts of the Early Modern period in the Western Art tradition. Subject will vary with each offering.

ARH 582. Special Topics: Modern Art. 3 Hours.

A special topics course on subjects in the Modern period in the Western tradition, beginning in the later eighteenth century. Specific course topics will vary by semester.

ARH 583. Special Topics: Gender and the Visual Arts. 3 Hours.

Topic will vary, depending on instructor. This course will address ways in which gender has affected the history of artistic practice and patronage. It will consider such issues as the gendering of pictorial practice and space, strategies of representing gendered subjects, and the impact of women as patrons of art and architecture.

ARH 584. Special Topics: Contemporary Art. 3 Hours.

Special topics in the arts of the Contemporary period in the Western art tradition. Subject will vary with each offering.

ARH 585. Special Topics: Museum Studies. 3 Hours.

Museum operation; organization and preparation of exhibitions; cataloging objects in collection; experience with UAB Institute of Visual Art and Birmingham Museum of Art.

ARH 586. Special Topics: South Asian Art. 3 Hours.

Special topics in the arts of South Asia. Subject will vary with each offering.

ARH 587. Special Topics: Field Study. 3 Hours.

Trips to prominent museums and galleries in United States. Preliminary lectures in Birmingham and significant written assignments required.

ARH 588. Special Topics: East Asian Art. 3 Hours.

Special topics in the arts of East Asia. Subject will vary with each offering.

ARH 590. Seminar: Art Theory. 3 Hours.

Seminar in Art Theory. Subject will vary with each offering.

ARH 592. Museum/Gallery Internship. 3 Hours.

Through active participation in the daily operations of a museum, gallery, or art space, students will acquire direct working knowledge of cooperating art institution. Students will be required to work at the institution a minimum of 10 supervised hours per week during the term. Permission of instructor required. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.

ARH 593. Seminar: South Asian Art. 3 Hours.

Seminar in the arts of South Asia. Subject will vary with each offering.

ARH 594. Seminar: East Asian Art. 3 Hours.

Seminar in the arts of East Asia. Subject will vary with each offering.

ARH 595. Seminar: Early Modern Art. 3 Hours.

Seminar in Early Modern Art. Research seminar focused on topics in the visual arts of Europe and its colonies 1300-1750. Subject will vary with each offering.

ARH 596. Seminar: Modern Art. 3 Hours.

Seminar in Modern Art. Subject will vary with each offering.

ARH 597. Seminar: Contemporary Art. 3 Hours.

Seminar in Contemporary Art. Subjects will vary with each offering.

ARH 630. Seminar: Early Modern Art. 3 Hours.

Seminar in Early Modern Art.

ARH 640. Seminar: Modern Art. 3 Hours.

Seminar in Modern Art.

ARH 660. Seminar: Contemporary Art. 3 Hours.

Seminar in Contemporary Art.

ARH 670. Seminar: South Asian Art. 3 Hours.

Seminar in South Asian Art.

ARH 680. Methods and Approaches to the History of Art. 3 Hours.

This literature-intensive course covers the historiography of the field and a range of theoretical approaches. Should be taken in the first semester of enrollment in the M.A. program.

ARH 698. Independent Studies. 2-6 Hours.

Independent Study Topics vary. Permission of instructor required.

ARH 699. Thesis Research. 3,6 Hours.

Thesis Research. Must be admitted to master level candidacy to take this course. At least 6 graduate credits needed for graduation.
Prerequisites: GAC M

ARS-Art Studio Courses

ARS 500. Drawing-Special Topics 1. 3-6 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of drawing.

ARS 501. Drawing-Special Topics 2. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of drawing.

ARS 502. Drawing-Special Topics 3. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of drawing.

ARS 505. Drawing. 3 Hours.

Advanced studies in the discipline of drawing. Emphasis on in-depth individually generated projects. Students will focus on professional development and portfolio preparation.

ARS 507. Ethnographic Filmmaking. 3-6 Hours.

Students will document and analyze aspects of human social life using film and video. They will develop an understanding of the visual syntax and narrative structure of successful ethnographic and documentary films through discussion and criticism in the classroom as well as through short film projects of their own.

ARS 510. Painting. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of painting.

ARS 511. Painting-Special Topics 2. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of painting.

ARS 512. Painting-Special Topics 3. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of painting.

ARS 515. Painting. 3 Hours.

Advanced studies in the discipline of painting. Emphasis on in-depth individually generated projects. Students will focus on professional development and portfolio preparation.

ARS 520. Sculpture-Special Topics 1. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of sculpture.

ARS 521. Sculpture-Special Topics 2. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of sculpture.

ARS 522. Sculpture Internship. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of sculpture.

ARS 525. Sculpture. 3 Hours.

Advanced studies in the discipline of sculpture. Emphasis on in-depth individually generated projects. Students will focus on professional development and portfolio preparation.

ARS 530. Ceramic Sculpture. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of ceramics.

ARS 531. Ceramics - Special Topics 2. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of ceramics.

ARS 532. Ceramics - Special Topics 3. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of ceramics.

ARS 535. Ceramics. 3 Hours.

Advanced studies in the discipline of ceramics. Emphasis on in-depth individually generated projects. Students will focus on professional development and portfolio preparation.

ARS 540. Printmaking-Special Topics 1. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of printmaking.

ARS 541. Printmaking-Special Topics 2. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of printmaking.

ARS 542. Printmaking-Special Topics 3. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of printmaking.

ARS 545. Printmaking. 3 Hours.

Advanced studies in the discipline of printmaking. Emphasis on in-depth individually generated projects. Students will focus on professional development and portfolio preparation.

ARS 550. Graphic Design - Special Topics 1. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of graphic design.

ARS 551. Graphic Design - Special Topics 2. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of graphic design.

ARS 552. Graphic Design - Special Topics 3. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of graphic design.

ARS 555. Graphic Design. 3 Hours.

Advanced studies in the discipline of graphic design. Emphasis on in-depth individually generated projects. Students will focus on professional development and portfolio preparation.

ARS 560. New Media-Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This course provides graduate students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of new media.

ARS 561. Survey of Animation. 3 Hours.

This graduate course will expand upon creative ability and depth of expression using digital imaging tools. Students will learn the fundamental vocabulary of animation, such as spacing and timing, motion cycles, exaggeration, and staging. Students will apply technical and aesthetic knowledge in the completion of a series of animation projects, culminating in a creative student directed final project. Historical context of animation history and its role in the art world will be given providing emphasis on experimental and underground animation. In-class video screenings and readings will accompany each animation project. One on one tutorials will be provided as necessary.

ARS 562. Fabrication Laboratory. 3 Hours.

This graduate course will expand upon creative ability and depth of expression using digital imaging tools. Students will be introduced to software and production tools used for designing and fabricating objects. This technology will be used in conjunction with sound and video installations. Fabrication tools may include, but are not limited to, microcontrollers, laser etching and 3D printing. Students will work in a collaborative environment to produce unique, customized projects for sound and video applications. Historical context of digital fabrication is given through screenings, readings and response papers.

ARS 565. New Media. 3 Hours.

Advanced studies in the discipline of new media. Emphasis on in-depth individually generated projects. Students will focus on professional development and portfolio preparation.

ARS 570. Photography-Special Topics 1. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of photography.

ARS 571. Photography-Special Topics 2. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of photography.

ARS 572. Photography-Special Topics 3. 3 Hours.

Topics vary each semester. This graduate course provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of methods, materials, sources, concepts and dialogue related to the discipline of photography.

ARS 575. Photography. 3 Hours.

Advanced studies in the discipline of photography. Emphasis on in-depth individually generated projects. Students will focus on professional development and portfolio preparation.

ARS 580. Art Experiences in the Teaching of Art N-12. 3 Hours.

ARS 590. Studio Problems. 3 Hours.

Students plan a course of study, meeting times and expectations in cooperation with a faculty member.

ARS 592. Studio Internship. 3 Hours.

This course will provide students with direct working knowledge of the studio arts and/or gallery practices through an internship at cooperating studios, institutions, and businesses specializing in specific disciplines in the visual arts. The student will be required to work at the cooperating agency a minimum of 8-15 supervised hours per week during the term.

ARS 595. Art Studio Seminar. 3-9 Hours.

Special topics in studio problems. Subject will vary with each offering.

EDA-Art Education Courses

EDA 583. Methods of Teaching Art. 3 Hours.

Preparation to teach art in schools. Learning experiences necessary for development of essential teaching competencies. Materials and methods in art studio media, technology skills for art classroom, art history and criticism, and current issues in art education. Admission to Alternative Master's Program required.

EDA 584. Methods of Teaching Art Lab. 1 Hour.

Methods of Teaching Art Lab required.

EDA 591. Art Education Final Exhibition. 3 Hours.

M.A. students plan and mount exhibition of work during final year. Graphicdesign students may prepare public portfolio presentation instead of exhibition. Art History students prepare a thesis research paper. Course is an independent study course taken with the student s thesis advisor.

EDA 651. Innovative Practices in Teaching Art in School. 3 Hours.

Innovative practices in planning, instructing, and evaluating in art education. Specialized study of contemporary needs in art and art education.

EDA 680. Art Experiences in the Teaching of Art N-12. 3 Hours.

Concepts, methods, and skills for teaching art.

EDA 690. Internship in Art Education N-12. 3-9 Hours.

For Alternative Master's Program students. Observation and student teaching in elementary and secondary schools (15 full weeks in school setting. Approval of internship application required.

Faculty

Alexander, James R., Professor of Art, 1978, B.Arch., M.Arch. (Cornell), M.F.A. (Louisiana State)
Chapman, Gary H., Professor of Art, 1990, B.S., B.A. (Berea), M.F.A. (Cranbrook Academy)
Cummings, Cathleen A., Associate Professor of Art History, 2006, B.A. (Mills College), M.A. (University of London), M.A. and Ph.D. (Ohio State)
Dallow, Jessica, Associate Professor of Art History, 2002, B.A. (San Diego), M.A., Ph.D. (North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Hazelwood, Kim, Program Manager II
McPherson, Heather A., Professor of Art History, 1982, B.A. (Oregon), M.A. (Sorbonne), Ph.D. (Washington)
Rieger, Sonja O., Professor of Art, 1979, B.A. (Massachusetts), M.F.A. (Rutgers)
Turel, Noa, Assistant Professor of Art History, 2012, B.A. (State University of New York), M.A. (University of London), Ph.D. (California-Santa Barbara), Renaissance and Baroque Art