Department of Fine Arts

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Department of Fine Arts​

Mission Statement

In the Fine Arts Department students gain advanced theoretical, performance, and production competencies for careers as educators and practitioners in the fine arts, music and foreign languages, as well as further study for advanced degrees. Successful students will graduate with a baccalaureate degree in Visual Arts or Music and a certification to teach (P-12) Visual Art, Instrumental Music or Vocal/Choral Music. Many successful graduates will go on to teach, while others will become accomplished in the music industry, arts administration, media production, design, international relations, business, and as performers and creatives. The professional applications of what you will learn in our department are almost endless! 

The interdisciplinary Fine Arts Department offers a broad liberal arts degree program, combining general education with studies in pedagogy and the practice of art and music – primarily ones the US State Department deems strategically important. To earn the degree and teaching certification, students majoring in this department will fulfill the College’s general education requirements, the Division of Education’s requirements, and major requirements, including a capstone exhibition or recital and thesis. Also, the State of Alabama requires students to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to qualify for teacher certification.

The Goal of Fine Arts department

Empower students to forge genuine, joyful, and purposeful lives in a diverse and changing world through creative and original self-expression.

Assist students to discover their voice, refining their talents, and make bold, courageous choices.

Prepare students to contribute to local and global society with their heads and their hearts.


Fine Arts Courses

Courses in Art

ART 130                      Art Appreciation
ART 131                       2D Design
ART 134                      3D Design
ART 132                      Drawing I
ART 228                     Jewelry
ART 229                     Fibers
ART 230                     Introduction to Photography
ART 231                      Drawing II
ART 232                     Art in Elementary Education
ART 233                     Graphic Design I
ART 234                     Painting I
ART 240                     Book Arts
ART 330                     Graphic Design II
ART 331                      Art History I
ART 332                     Art History II
ART 333                     African, African-American, and Caribbean Art
ART 337                     Printmaking
ART 339                     Drawing III
ART 334                     Painting II
ART 335                     Ceramics I
ART 336                     Sculpture
ART 338                     Photography II
ART 401                      Senior Exhibition
ART 434                     Painting III
ART 435                     Ceramics II
ART 437                     Painting IV

Courses in Music

MUS 001 Student Recital
MUS 101 Secondary Applied Music
MUS 102 Secondary Applied Music
MUS 111 Musical Ensembles
MUS 112 Musical Ensembles
MUS 113 Principal Applied Music
MUS 114 Principal Applied Music
MUS 121 Class Voice
MUS 123 Class Piano
MUS 124 Class Piano
MUS 131 Theory of Music I
MUS 132 Theory of Music II
MUS 133 Music Appreciation
MUS 201 Secondary Applied Music
MUS 202 Secondary Applied Music
MUS 211 Musical Ensembles
MUS 212 Musical Ensembles
MUS 213 Principal Applied Music
MUS 214 Principal Applied Music
MUS 223 Class Piano
MUS 224 Class Piano
MUS 225 Diction for Singers I
MUS 226 Diction for Singers II
MUS 231 Theory of Music III
MUS 232 Advanced Theory and Analysis
MUS 234 Jazz Appreciation
MUS 236 Introduction to Music Notation Software
MUS 250 Introduction to the Music Industry
MUS 301 Junior Recital
MUS 310 Introduction to Marching Band Techniques
MUS 311 Musical Ensembles
MUS 312 Musical Ensembles
MUS 313 Principal Applied Music
MUS 314 Principal Applied Music
MUS 328 Survey of Instrumental Techniques
MUS 331 African-American Music
MUS 334 Arranging
MUS 335 Music History and Literature I
MUS 336 Music History and Literature II
MUS 401 Senior Recital
MUS 411 Musical Ensembles
MUS 412 Musical Ensembles
MUS 413 Principal Applied Music
MUS 414 Principal Applied Music
MUS 426 Conducting
MUS 440 Special Topics in Music

Career in fine arts

Creative Director

Average VISUAL ARTS Pay Scale

Career opportunities (salaries from

  • Artist (national average salary: $62,268 per year)
    Artists work with different mediums to create and sell original works. They may focus on painting, drawing, weaving, glassblowing or other mediums.

  • Art director (national average salary: $77,358 per year)
    Art directors oversee large advertising and design projects. They hire staff and coordinate workflow to ensure high-quality production.

  • Print manager (national average salary: $61,982 per year)
    Print managers supervise printing teams and oversee the printing of marketing materials, signage, media publications and other materials. They are typically responsible for quality assurance and interfacing with clients.

  • Art teacher (national average salary: $52,401 per year)
    Art teachers educate students on different artistic mediums and movements to encourage expression and appreciation.

  • Creative director (national average salary: $101,711 per year)
    Creative directors develop visions for advertising campaigns, presentations and brand curation. While they are often involved with big-picture ideas, they may also manage staff and workflow.
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Careers In MUSIC

Festival Director

Average MUSIC Pay Scale

Career opportunities (salaries from

  • Music Producer (national average salary: $88,000 per year)
    A music producer brings the vision of a recording to life. Producers are responsible for determining and leading the creative and technical aspects of recordings, whether for a single song, an album, or a soundtrack.
  • Director of Artists and Repertoire
     (national average salary: $124,400 per year)
    The main job of the A&R Director is to find new artists to sign to the label. He or she will match the new signee to producers, songwriters, photographers and other music industry professionals to create the whole package.
  • Promoter (national average salary: $78,553 per year)
    A promoter manages the planning, preparation, promotion and execution of music shows. Promoters may work at specific venues or for a specific act or event. At a designated venue, promoters are responsible for maintaining an active schedule at their facility and ensuring that the venue is prepared to provide optimal shows for each act that performs during the year. A promoter may also be responsible for scouting locations for shows and preparing and promoting the events once they book them.
  • Music teacher (national average salary: $50,934 per year)
    Music teachers are teaching general music appreciation and skills to entire classes, small groups or individuals. Schools often have separate music teachers for chorus, band and orchestra. In addition to classroom instruction, they may oversee one or more after-school groups, such as the marching band. Music teachers are also responsible for preparing students for concerts throughout the school year, which involves choosing music, practicing pieces and conducting the groups on performance nights.
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  • Festival Director (national average salary: $151,104 per year)
    Festival Directors work behind-the-scenes to make sure everything goes smoothly from the earliest stages of the event to when the bands are packing up and all the fans are heading home. These duties include dealing with the city where the festival will be held to secure the necessary permits and building relationships with key companies in the community. On the festival grounds, the Director manages the location and the employees, oversees setup and breakdown, deals with contractors, and creates materials such as maps and signage. They are in charge of setting up on-site offices, maintaining relationships with food, liquor, and merchandise vendors and coordinating festival staffing. They also ensure the festival receives adequate insurance coverage, and work with other top-level execs to project potential income and risks for the event.

Job Growth

Fine arts professionals work in nearly every sector and industry – public and private, for profit and nonprofit, at businesses and organizations large, and small:

  • Technology, Government, Banking, and Finance
  • Insurance, Healthcare
  • Law enforcement and Telecommunications