The Department


Department Information 

B.A. in Art
Bachelor of Arts in Art at Alabama State University.

Alabama State University’s Department of Visual Arts is fully accredited by The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

“Receiving this accreditation puts us as the only university in Montgomery, the eighth school in the state, and only the tenth Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the country to meet the rigorous educational standards set forth by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design,” – Stephen Cappelli, chairman of ASU’s Department of Visual Arts.


Department Goals

• Foster a student centered environment that nurtures the development of intellectual and aesthetic growth.
• Maintain a skilled faculty recognized as educators as well as professional artists.
• Provide students with access to state of the art instruction, technology and equipment.
• Develop a student/faculty exchange with institution abroad to foster global thinking, free exchange of ideals and total immersion in a divergent artistic cultural setting.
• To establish an environment that will allow students to experience, interact and analyze a rich variety of visual arts culture.
• Raise a conscious appreciation for and understanding of the value of arts by enhancing the visual appearance of our university and community environment.
• Serve as a resource that supports and validates the artistry in the community.
Promote interest in the rich diverse cultural experience of the African Diaspora.



Art classes are expensive. Students and parents should be aware that besides the normal textbooks required for classes, students will need to purchase art supplies for the majority of their studio classes and most likely will have to replenish some of those supplies during the semester. While Alabama State University will try to supply some materials, it is the student’s responsibility to have the needed supplies to work in class. Student’s that are not prepared to have supplies at the beginning of the semester usually fall behind as most studio classes are hands on classes and start working if not immediately usually with in the first week of classes. Most instructors have supply lists that can be requested prior to the start of each semester. Please call the department for details. Most supplies can be purchased at local art and craft stores, at some of the big box stores (Wall-Mart, K-Mart, etc..) or over the internet. It is also highly recommended that students, particularly those in the graphic design field have a laptop computer by the beginning of their sophomore year of study. Students may contact the department for further listing of computers & software packing.