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Art | Fine Arts

Art | Fine Arts

Program Description

AUM Fine Arts students learn from renowned instructors who have exhibited their work nationally and internationally — and they have opportunities to exhibit their own work in our student gallery on campus, in local galleries, and in regional and national design competitions. Many student internships lead to permanent jobs in graphic design, galleries and marketing after graduation. Visual Arts, our general art option, and the Art History option are available in the B.A. in Fine Arts program while Fine Arts majors at AUM may also pursue the B.F.A. in Art and concentrate their studies in Graphic DesignPhotography, or one of the Studio Art.

Points of Pride

  • AUM Fine Art students routinely submit their work to national and local shows, exhibitions, and competitions, often earning top prizes.
  • Associate Professor Andrew Hairstans has had his work accepted for the international art journal Studio Visit and has exhibited in New York and Glasgow.
  • AUM students have completed internships at Alabama Living magazine, Matter (a design firm), the Stamp Idea Group (an advertising agency), and the Indie Film Lab (one of the three largest photo processing labs in the United States).
  • Studio Art classes have dedicated studios with state-of-the-art equipment including a new vinyl printer, a new 3-D printer, and a new photography lab with darkrooms, a shooting studio, and digital equipment.
  • Goodwyn Gallery hosts exhibitions by visiting artists and advanced students.
  • Our active AUM Student Art Association organizes trips for students to out-of-town workshops and exhibitions.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A degree in Art or Fine Arts prepares you for employment in a variety of fields. Jobs in art and design are projected to grow by 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, adding an additional 16,700 jobs to the economy. At $43,110, the most recent median annual wage for art and design occupations was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Graphic designer

$45,900 per year

1% (3,600 more jobs)

Art director

$85,610 per year

2% (1,800 more jobs)

Multimedia artist/animator

$63,630 per year

6% (3,900 more jobs)

For More Information

Fine Arts Department

Auburn University at Montgomery

Goodwyn Hall 104



Soaring Warhawks

  • Amber Hall won First Place at the 2016 American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs) in Los Vegas and the Vivian Butler Scott Award for her painting “Tornado Aftermath at Lake Martin East 1” at the at the Montgomery Museum of Art in a show held in conjunction with the Montgomery Art Guild in 2015.
  • Alex Trott was named “Student Designer of the Year” and won a Student Gold Award at the 2015 Central Alabama American Advertising Awards in Montgomery.
  • Robin Birdwell won Second Place nationally at the 2011 American Advertising Awards in 2011.
  • Chintia Kirana (2009 AUM graduate) earned her MFA at Southern Illinois University.
  • Tori McClanahan works at Alabama Living Magazine.
  • Anna Hudman is a Set Designer at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL.
  • LaShanda Gaines is a Web designer for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ryan Harrison is Art Director at O2 Ideas, Birmingham.
  • Chris Mills is Art Director at Razorfish, Atlanta, GA.
  • Britney Sims is a Web Designer at Fullbeauty, New York, NY.
  • Alexis Franco is Associate Product Manager at SharkNinja, Boston, MA.
  • Eric Fountain is a Merchandising Supervisor Designer at Saks Fifth Avenue, Birmingham.
  • Jacob Pugh is Director of Marketing at MMI Outdoors, Montgomery.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Fine Arts program can be found on the Visual Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Studio Art and Photography pages.