• Alabama School of Fine Arts offers students who are passionate about arts and sciences an unmatched conservatory and college-preparatory education that nourishes the whole student and guides them to discover and fulfill their individual creative abilities.

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  • Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) is a public tuition-free school. Students are accepted based upon an application and audition in one of six specialty areas: creative writing, dance, math-science, music, visual arts, or theatre arts.

    ASFA is located in downtown Birmingham's cultural district, within walking distance of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the new stadium, the civil rights district, and CityWalk. The campus encompasses one city block between 18th and 19th Streets North and is easily accessible to all Birmingham metro communities and major highways. The campus includes the state-of-the-art 500-seat Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, secure dorms, an art gallery, recital hall, 3 large dance studios, a black box theater, and an enclosed courtyard. The diverse student body is made up of 350 students from across Alabama in grades 7-12.  

    Students and alums describe ASFA as the place where they "found my people." The rigorous academic and specialty curriculum is balanced with a supportive and welcoming environment where students and faculty celebrate growth and learning. ASFA's seven-person Student Support Services Department leads social and emotional learning for all students and offers individual and small group counseling, and career and college counseling to students. 

    Students must currently be in grades 6-10 to apply in one of our six specialty areas: creative writing, dance, math-science, music, visual arts, or theatre arts. Our recruiting and admission staff is available to help prospective families. We invite you to continue exploring our website and encourage you to visit campus through a Tuesday Tour, at Open House, a performance, or as a student shadow.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to see what our amazing students and faculty are up to at ASFA.

Application Process

  • 1. Application

  • 2. Teacher Recommendations

  • 3. Transcripts/Grades

  • 4. Audition Requirements

  • Accommodation Statement

    ASFA was created by the State to provide a more challenging education for impassioned, talented students in Creative Writing, Dance, Math & Science, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts. Consistent with its mission, only those students will be admitted to ASFA and allowed to remain who are able to meet the demands of a rigorous curriculum. Applicants with existing Individualized Education Plans (IEP) are obliged to inform ASFA administration during the application period and to provide a copy or authorization for release of the applicant’s most recent IEP and any related records deemed necessary by ASFA. If a qualifying disabling condition is substantiated before or after enrollment, a committee appointed by the President will determine if the school can reasonably accommodate the student’s needs or if these needs will be better accommodated in a different educational environment.

    Equal Opportunity Statement

    It is the policy of the Alabama School of Fine Arts not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, or any other proscribed category, in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by local, state, and federal policies and laws. Inquiries or complaints regarding compliance with applicable laws or this policy may be directed to Tim Mitchell, President, Alabama School of Fine Arts, 1800 Rev Abraham Woods, Jr Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203, (205) 252-9241.