The goals of the Department of Visual Arts include preparing students for graduate work or careers in the visual arts; providing suitable programs and courses for persons who want to study or practice the arts for their own personal development and cultural enrichment; and introducing students to their cultural tradition.
The Department of Visual Arts offers Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree with concentrations in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting,
Photography, Sculpture, Glass, and Printmaking.
These degree programs are intended for students who plan to pursue careers in Art or Art History, which will typically require their having continued their studies at the graduate level. The Department offers minors in Studio Art and in Art History.
All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. Students receiving a B.A. in Visual Arts must take ARS 396 (Studio Art students) or ARH 493 (Art History students) to fulfill the technology requirement. Students receiving a B.F.A. in Studio Art must take ARS 396 (Studio students), or ARS 479 (Graphic Design students), or ARH 493 (Art History students) to fulfill the technology requirement.
The University of South Alabama offers a Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Creative Technologies and Practice, which is the terminal, or highest, degree available in the field. It is a cross-disciplinary degree program appealing to creatives who are interested in a variety of media technologies. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary practice that spans multiple concentrations within the visual arts with technology serving to inform or facilitate the creative process.
The MFA in Creative Technologies and Practice will equip individuals to enter the workforce in a variety of creative technology areas, particularly to manage creative teams, to pursue careers as visual artists, to advance knowledge in the field through research or creative input, and to teach at the university level.
The University of South Alabama offers a Masters in Art Education and an Alternative Masters in Art Education which are housed in the College of Education and Professional Studies. Course work in the visual arts is within the Department of Visual Arts. Further information regarding these degree programs is listed in the Bulletin under graduate programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies.
Degrees, Minors, or Certificates
- Minor in Art History
- Minor in Studio Art
- Studio Art (BFA) - Animation Concentration
- Studio Art (BFA) - Art History Concentration
- Studio Art (BFA) - Ceramics Concentration
- Studio Art (BFA) - Glass Concentration
- Studio Art (BFA) - Graphic Design Concentration
- Studio Art (BFA) - Painting Concentration
- Studio Art (BFA) - Photography Concentration
- Studio Art (BFA) - Printmaking Concentration
- Studio Art (BFA) - Sculpture Concentration
- Visual Art (BA) - Art History Concentration
- Visual Art (BA) - Studio Art Concentration
- Visual Art (MFA) - Creative Technologies and Practice
|Visual Arts Faculty|
|Burns, Kara K.||Art and Art History||Assistant Professor||BA, University of Arizona
MA, University of Oregon
PHD, University of Arizona
|Gibbs, Constance D.||Art and Art History||Associate Professor||BFA, Auburn University
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth U
|Hoffmann, Alma R.||Art and Art History||Assistant Professor||BA, Univ of Puerto Rico-Central Ad
MFA, Iowa State University
|Hopson-Walker, Matthew S.||Art and Art History||Assistant Professor||BFA, Kansas City Art Institute
MA, University of Iowa
MFA, University of Iowa
|Jahnke, Karl R.||Art and Art History||Assistant Professor||BFA, Academy of Art College
MFA, Clemson University
|Johnson, Matthew A.||Art and Art History||Associate Professor||BFA, University of South Alabama
MFA, Louisiana Tech University
|Lindeman, Christina K.||Art and Art History||Assistant Professor||BA, Arizona State University-Main
MA, Arizona State University-Main
PHD, University of Arizona
|Patterson, Matthew W.||Art and Art History||Assistant Professor||BFA, University of Texas- Arlington
MFA, University of Texas- Arlington
|Rivenbark, Elizabeth A.||Art and Art History||Associate Professor||BA, Colby College
MA, Cornell U-Ny St Statutory Cols
PHD, Cornell U-Ny St Statutory Cols
|Shamback, Benjamin J.||Art and Art History||Professor||BA, Central Connecticut State U
MA, Fontbonne College
MFA, Fontbonne College
|Skiadas, Margarita||Art and Art History||Senior Instructor||BFA, College of Santa Fe
MFA, University of Colorado-Boulder
|Wright, Roger A.||Art and Art History||Professor||BFA, Moorhead State University
MFA, Southern Illinois U-Carbondale