College of Music and Fine Arts Overview

DEAN: Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D.
OFFICE: Communications/Music Complex Room 165
ASSOCIATE DEAN: Anthony A. DeCuir, Ph.D.
OFFICE: Communications/Music Complex Room 165
DEPARTMENTS: Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, Visual Arts


The College of Music and Fine Arts prepares students for careers in the arts and for lives of purpose in the Ignatian tradition. As the preeminent center of fine and performing arts study among all Jesuit colleges and universities in North America, the College serves a leadership role in demonstrating the centrality of the arts to the human endeavor. Students are prepared for the fine and performing arts together with the many creative professions in a manner that reflects clearly the Jesuit ideals of truth, service, and justice. Situated in a city of tremendous cultural importance, the College serves the people of New Orleans and the surrounding region as a center for artistic and scholarly work of all kinds, and seeks to develop, value and promote the varied traditions of music, theatre, dance, and visual arts.


The College of Music and Fine Arts is an academic community made up of artists, scholars, practitioners and students who believe in the transformative power of the arts and who are dedicated to the education of the whole person in the Ignatian tradition. We seek to be a leader, not only among the Jesuit colleges and universities in North America, but also among comprehensive universities offering comparable programs in the fine and performing arts. In pursuit of this goal we seek to have a faculty who are national leaders in their fields, to offer a professional education in music, theatre, dance and the visual arts within a broader academic environment deeply informed by the liberal arts tradition and recognized for its excellence, rigor and innovation. We aspire to be recognized nationally not only for the artistic and academic quality of our students and alumni, but also for their social and spiritual engagement. We will work to recruit and retain students who are both artistically talented and intellectually curious and who seek an education that fosters development of the entire mind and spirit. Whether our students go on to careers in the arts or use their study as a springboard to other professions, they will carry with them the creativity and discipline necessary for artistic endeavor, linked with the critical judgment that is at the heart of liberal education and the Jesuit value of a life lived with and for others.


The College of Music and Fine Arts, founded in 1932, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The college also holds memberships in the Association of American Colleges, Jesuit Educational Association, National Catholic Educational Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The music education curriculum, in consortium with Our Lady of Holy Cross College, is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for teacher certification in the State of Louisiana. The music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Admission Requirements

In addition to normal university admission, entry to the Music programs in the College of Music and Fine Arts requires every candidate to complete a satisfactory performance audition or music industry studies interview and portfolio submission. Candidates are required to complete the College of Music and Fine Arts audition application prior to scheduling their audition or interview. 

Admission to the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance requires every candidate to complete a satisfactory performance and/or portfolio audition, in addition to normal university admission. This audition also serves as a basis of consideration for awarding theatre arts scholarships.

In the Visual Arts, an entry portfolio is required of students who are seeking scholarships or advanced placement, and of transfer students who wish to have course credit from other institutions applied to their Loyola transcripts.

Click here to visit the College of Music and Fine Arts admissions page for more information on Admission requirements.


Talent-based scholarships are awarded annually to music, theatre arts, and visual arts majors. These awards vary according to the discipline of study. Please see the College of Music and Fine Arts admissions page for scholarship consideration information and deadlines.

Music scholarships depend on the student’s potential for continued musical and academic progress, and the performance needs of the college. Retention of a music scholarship depends on satisfactory musical and academic progress and the student’s fulfillment of performance requirements as stipulated in the scholarship contract. Only students pursuing degrees in the following programs are eligible for music scholarship consideration: Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music Therapy, and Bachelor of Arts in Music.

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance administers talent-based scholarships annually for theatre arts majors. These awards vary according to the student’s theatrical skills, potential for continued development and academic progress, and the needs of the department.

The Department of Visual Arts offers freshmen scholarships, which are open only to incoming freshmen. The Visual Arts Portfolio and Scholarship Review Committee recommends outstanding incoming freshmen to each receive an annual award, in the form of tuition reduction, renewable for the subsequent undergraduate years. Those wishing to be considered for these freshmen scholarships must have completed all university applications and must have submitted a portfolio of art work by the deadline.

Performance Standards And Proficiencies

Individual degree programs and departments stipulate a variety of specific proficiencies. Students must consult their advisers concerning these requirements.


All B.M., B.M.E., B.M.T., and B.A. students are required to pass a music reading proficiency examination which consists of singing at sight samples of music in compound and simple meters and modulations to closely related keys. Ordinarily this examination is an integral part of the second-semester sophomore theory course.

Every candidate for a music degree must display a minimum proficiency in piano. An examination to determine such proficiency is ordinarily given at the end of the sophomore year. Students not meeting requirements by this time must continue to study piano until the required standards are met.

A junior and senior recital is required of all bachelor of music in performance candidates. Candidates for the degrees B.M.T., B.M., B.M.E. with Emphasis in Music Industry Studies, and B.M. with Elective Studies are required to make at least one appearance in a recital during their period of study. This appearance must show on transcripts as Junior Recital. All students must stand jury examinations each semester that they are enrolled in applied study except for the terms in which they are subject to recital juries.

Theatre Arts and Dance

All students are expected to be involved in at least one production each semester. Completion of at least one production crew is required by the fall term of the sophomore year. A student placed on academic probation must cease all production activity until good standing is restored. Majors and minors are expected to participate in departmental forums and the annual spring meeting.

Each senior develops a personalized project. Projects maybe the directing of a short play and the compiling of a production book; the writing of a research thesis; the design of a production. Those in theatre arts/business may propose a management project.

In order to graduate with a degree in theatre arts, a student must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA as well as a 2.5 departmental GPA. All majors are expected to achieve a minimum of 2.5 in theatre arts courses.

Graduation Requirements And Eligibility

In addition to satisfying the university graduation requirement of a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average, departments within the College of Music and Fine Arts adhere to certain grade point and course requirements. To be eligible for graduation, students must complete their last 30 semester hours at Loyola.

Undergraduate Degree Programs


Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music Education

Bachelor of Music Therapy

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Minor Programs

Theatre Arts and Dance

Bachelor of Arts

Minor Programs

Visual Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Minor Programs