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College of Fine Arts

It’s no secret that the College of Fine Arts (COFA) at the University of Montevallo offers an uncommonly great value. We share all the advantages of being in a liberal arts university that continues to ascend the ranks of U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges. In fact, according to the 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings, UM is once again ranked as the No. 1 public master’s-level university in the entire state of Alabama, a distinction it has held each year since 2008.

Regardless of major, faculty guide each student to discover what kind of thinker they are, how they are creative, how they can become a better problem-solver and how to fuel their own innovation process. UM’s close proximity to metropolitan Birmingham, the “Magic City,” guarantees an eclectic range of arts, entertainment and cultural adventures. In addition to the more than 200 arts, communication media and arts-related businesses within a 50-mile radius, we are only a three-hour car trip away from Atlanta or Columbus, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Meridian, Miss.

Why UM for Fine Arts?

  • The COFA is building the 21st Century creative workforce in the heart of Alabama. Our mission is to prepare students as visual artists, performers, musicians, arts educators and communication specialists.

    • Student-centric learning environment
    • Average student/faculty ratio of 16/1
    • Eight degree programs
    • New Arts Administration minor
    • New state-of-the-art facilities in progress for Art and Communication
    • Broadcast studios and new media labs
    • Four performing arts venues
    • Faculty-student art gallery
    • Integrated technology lab
    • Community School of Music
    • Hundreds of broadcast opportunities, concerts, exhibits and performances annually
    • International tours, study abroad courses and service learning opportunities
    • Internship sites available to students, whether their focus is on the liberal arts, professional work or application to other fields and careers