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 Design, Photography, 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.