The Department of Fine Arts at Loyola University offers majors (or equivalent degree programs) in Art History, Music, Theatre, and the Visual Arts (with a concentration in either Studio Art or Photography). Minors and interdisciplinary majors are also offered in all of these areas. Each one of the programs in the department provides its students with a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum designed to first introduce students to the discipline and then develop increasing levels of mastery of the knowledge, skills, and habits of the field. Introductory level courses present the basic foundation in each discipline with no previous experience necessary. Upper division courses offer more specialized studies, ordinarily building upon the experiences of the introductory classes. Advanced students may apply for an internship or undertake a senior project in their specific discipline. Additionally, all Loyola undergraduates choose one Fine Arts course as an integral part of the Core Curriculum.
All Fine Arts programs are located in the Julio Fine Arts Wing of the DeChiaro College Center, which houses not only the University’s McManus theatre, but also rehearsal rooms for the performing arts, specialized classrooms for art history, and fully-equipped studios for clay, drawing, and photography, as well as specialized spaces such as sound-proof practice and piano rooms, a clay green room, black-and-white and alternative-process darkrooms, digital laboratories, an electronic music studio, and a “black box” theatre. Other on-campus spaces include both painting and printmaking studios. Department-sponsored field trips to museums, galleries, and professional performances in Baltimore and other cities expose Fine Arts students to creative works by practicing artists, performers, critics, and curators. Each semester students will find performance opportunities in any of a number of performing ensembles including: the Evergreen Players, the Poisoned Cup Players, the Spotlight Players, Jazz Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, the Loyola Chorale, and the Great Baltimore Youth Orchestra. Students in the visual arts can avail themselves of on- and off-campus exhibition venues, while art history students benefit from internship opportunities in Baltimore's museums.