Published on January 10, 2014 by Mary Wimberley  

Samford University's new Academy of the Arts offers a number of creative courses that are designed to appeal to a variety of interests and ages. Registration is open for classes that begin at various times throughout late winter and early spring in a convenient new space devoted to Academy activity.

The new non-credit academic unit incorporates the popular long-running programs known as the Preparatory Music Department and Samford After Sundown.

"The new Academy of the Arts draws together the best of existing preparatory and continuing education programs in art, photography and music, and adds exciting new opportunities in culinary arts, expanded areas of music and community programs for all ages," said Samford School of the Arts dean Joe Hopkins.

The new home for the Academy is located east of Samford's Lakeshore Drive campus at 1939 South Lakeshore Drive.  Ample parking is available, and the building is easily accessible, notes Dr. Hopkins.

Preparatory music courses offer music education and performance opportunities for all ages, pre-school through adult.  "In addition to existing music curricula, Kindermusik programs have been created for infants and parents, and new string instrument and guitar lessons will be offered," said Hopkins.

The Academy's arts and culinary offerings run the gamut from improvisational comedy to how to mold chocolate valentines.

More than 30 classes are offered in culinary, photography, performance arts, art history, photography, painting, writing and crafts. Some first-time courses join many of long-standing, such as the popular afternoon antiques class, now in its fifth decade. Other courses meet in the evenings or on weekends. Registration is as low as $45 for some classes.



Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.