Our belief that unconventional wisdom is an essential building block of the 21st century creative workforce drives what we do and how we do it in the College of Fine Arts. We prepare our students to become the next generation of visual artists, performers, musicians, arts educators and communication specialists. Regardless of major, faculty members guide all our students to discover what kind of independent thinkers they are, how they are uniquely creative, how they can become more thoughtful communicators and problem-solvers and how they can become outstanding creative collaborators. And we are building the 21st century creative workforce at this beautiful place called Montevallo in the heart of Alabama.
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.
Part of the UM campus was once a plantation occupied by Union troops during the Civil War and is near beautiful Oak Mountain State Park and Talladega National Forest. UM’s close proximity to metropolitan Birmingham, the “Magic City,” guarantees an eclectic range of arts, entertainment and cultural adventures. In addition to the 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, Georgia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; or Meridian, Mississippi.