Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Students drawing, performing, and playing instruments

The department of fine arts at Loyola University Maryland 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 and Julio Fine Arts Gallery, but also rehearsal rooms for the performing arts, specialized classrooms for art history, and fully-equipped studios for clay, drawing, and photography. 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 are also a part of the facilities. 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, Chamber Ensemble, the University Singers, and the Repertory Singers. 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. The department has also received a generous gift to fund a wide range of artistic and intellectually enriching experiences for students in art history and studio art. This gift has enabled the department to support a series of guest lecturers and visiting artists and has also funded student attendance at the College Art Association annual conference in Washington, DC. 

Department Chair: Daniel Schlapbach

Double Major Possibilities

In addition to the major, the following are a few options for students interested in fine arts.

  • Any of the Fine Arts Majors with any Humanities Major
  • Any of the Fine Arts Majors with Writing, Modern Languages, Communication
  • Any of the Fine Arts Majors with any Social Science Major

(The above can generally be completed with no additional courses above the required 40 for graduation. This, of course, takes planning, but it is possible to fit a double major in without taking a 6th course in any given semester.)

  • Any Fine Arts Major with a Secondary Education Minor – leading to certification to teach in middle and high schools. There may be a need for an extra course or two depending on Math and Foreign Language Placement; planning is critical, but it is very doable.
  • Any of the Fine Arts Majors with Biology, Chemistry, or Physics would necessitate somewhere between 4 and 6 extra courses over the 8 semesters. This is a variable number, as it does not take into account AP credit, math placement, and foreign language placement – all of which may reduce the number of courses needed to fulfill any particular major.
  • Any Fine Arts Major with Business – students would have from 4 to 6 available free slots for the Fine Arts Major, meaning that for approximately 6 semesters, a 6th course would be necessary; again, this is not taking into account placements. 
Peggy Sell

Peggy Sells

This 2007 graduate fuses her passion for art history with her desire to make art accessible at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas

Art History
A collage of drawings of the human form with various cultural modifications
Course Snapshot

Exploring Studio Arts 303: Life Drawing

Students in this fine arts class examine the structure—and intellectual context—of the human anatomy.