School of the Arts Degrees and Majors

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

The Samford Arts community is distinguished by the accomplishments of faculty, students, and alumni who carry the scholarship and creative activity of the university around the world.  Samford artists, actors, and musicians guide national and international arts organizations, perform in the world's greatest venues, and help prepare the next generation of arts students.  Samford artists represent the highest standards of achievement and character, demonstrating that faith enhances the impact of their talent and work.

Undergraduate Majors:

Department of Art:

Fine Art (BA or BS)
Graphic Design (BFA)

Department of Interior Architecture:

Interior Design (BFA), which can include a pre-architecture concentration

Department of Theatre and Dance:

Musical Theatre (BFA)
Theatre (BA)

Division of Music:

Instrumental Performance (BM)
Piano Performance (BM)
Piano Performance and Pedagogy (BM)
Organ Performance (BM)
Vocal Performance (BM)
Church Music (BM)
Composition (BM)
Instrumental Music Education (BME)
Vocal/Choral Music Education (BME)
Music (BS), with pre-medicine courses
Music (BA)


 Undergraduate Minors:

Film Production, with classes in both the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Worship Leadership
Interdisciplinary Minor in the Arts


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Graduate Studies in Music

The School of the Arts, through its Division of Music, provides graduate studies in three major fields: church music, music education and piano performance and pedagogy. Each of these programs has a strong vocational focus, equipping students to serve in music ministries, teach music in the classroom setting or perform and teach music in the private studio. Beyond the areas of specialization, the Division of Music through its graduate programs aims to prepare well-rounded professionals who demonstrate a high level of musicianship, competence in solo performance and conducting, a secure knowledge of historical and analytical approaches to music literature and the ability to do research and writing appropriate to the vocational areas.

The small size of the graduate program in music enables individual attention in all curricular areas and in professional and personal development. At the same time, each graduate student has access to the resources of the Division of Music and the School of the Arts, such as ensembles of various sizes; to related professional areas, including the School of Divinity and the School of Education and Professional Studies; and to the wider resources of the university.

Graduate Degrees:
Graduate Program Manual
Graduate Program Manual (includes audition guidelines, admission procedures, and oral comprehensive examination; revised 09/17/14) 

Dr. Demondrae Thurman

Director of Graduate Studies in Music
Samford University, School of the Arts
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229
(205) 726-2389
(205) 726-2165 (fax)