In response to the spread of COVID-19 in our region, the Alabama School of Fine Arts campus and DJD Theater are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All schoolwork has transitioned to remote learning. Summer camps have been canceled. Faculty and staff are available through email. Please click here for a staff directory or click here for general inquiries.
How to Apply

​If a prospective student wishes to receive special consideration for admission but has missed the application deadline of February 14, 2020, permission may be sought by contacting Registrar Melanie Lee at to receive additional information.

Late applications will be accepted pending approval of the Executive Director, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Specialty Department Chair and admission will be determined based on talent, enrollment space, departmental needs, and dormitory availability (if applicable).  ​​​​​​​

General Application & Audition Process​​​​​​​

Admission is by application and audition in only one of six specialty areas: Creative Writing, Dance, Math & Science, Music, Theatre Arts or Visual Arts. Applications are open each fall through January for admission for the following school year. Applications are done online.

ASFA’s creative writing, dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts departments accept students in grades 7-11,and the mathematics and science department accepts students in grades 8-11. Admission is through a selective process with requirements that vary among the six specialty departments. 

Application Timeline

Open House
The Alabama School of Fine Arts offers an annual Open House each Fall for prospective students. At that time students and parents may take a tour of the school, meet the faculty, and learn about our application and audition process for the following school year. The 2019 Open House will be Oct. 19 with sessions at either 9, 10, or 11 AM. No appointment is necessary to attend. Meet in the ASFA lobby a few minutes before the session.

The deadline to apply online for admission for the following school year is the end of January. There is a $50 application fee. Payment is due upon the online submission of your application. You may pay online or by sending a check made out to ASFA to 1800 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203. Please mark the envelope “attention Melanie Lee.”

Auditions for each specialty area are held by invitation only. Each student who is invited to audition will be notified by email prior to the audition date. 

Late March
If accepted, students will be notified by email that they have been invited to enroll in the school for the upcoming school year.  


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 of 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 Executive Director 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 Ann Florie, Executive Director, Alabama School of Fine Arts, 1800 Rev Abraham Woods, Jr Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203, or by calling her at (205) 252-9241.