Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Students can major in art history, studio art or visual communication. In studio art, students choose a particular concentration such as drawing and painting, photography, or ceramics and sculpture to study in depth. Studio art and visual communication majors share a set of common foundation courses.

No, but it is necessary to submit a portfolio for review when you reach the halfway point of your major.


All studio art and visual communication majors are required to submit a portfolio of artwork in order to be officially accepted as Fine Arts majors. Portfolio Review consists of presenting this portfolio to a panel of professors, one of whom will be in your area, while the others may not. A review is scheduled every semester, so if you are not ready this semester you can postpone it, but it's a good idea to hear what's involved early on. The fall semester Portfolio Review is typically the Friday immediately following Fall Break, and the spring review varies. Contact Matt Groves to ensure you have the correct dates for the reviews.


The process involves evaluating the body of work you've created in art classes at Loyola. Working with your advisor, you'll select the most successful work from each class and try to demonstrate a range of skills gained in the foundation and applied courses of your major. You may have to revise some work to bring up the level. This process is designed to help prepare you to meet the professional expectations of the artist or graphic designer.

A double major is possible among Visual CommunicationArt History and Studio Art, but not within the three concentrations that make up Studio Art. The department policy is that a maximum of 3 courses can count towards both majors.

A major/minor combination among Visual Communication, Studio, and Art History is also possible, and a maximum of 2 courses can count towards both.

To declare a major, contact Director of Fine Arts, Matt Groves for an appointment.

All studio art and visual communication majors are required to submit a portfolio of artwork in order to be officially accepted as a Fine Arts major. Portfolio Review takes place every semester, usually at the mid-point of the term. It is highly recommended to complete this by the spring of your junior year.

The internship in Visual Communication (FNAR 380) is a vital part of the educational experience for those students concentrating in Visual Communication. It will assist in preparing the student for an entry level career position or graduate school admission. The requirements for Gallery Internship (FNAR 368) may be fulfilled in approved positions at art galleries, museums, auction houses, or other art or architectural-related organizations.

Senior Exhibition Preparation (FNAR 398) is the capstone course required of all Studio Art and Visual Communication majors. Students produce a final body of new work for the senior exhibition, which represents the integration of their academic and professional experiences.

Senior Thesis I and II (FNAR 391 and 392) are the capstone courses required of all Art History majors. In Senior Thesis I students develop and research a topic for an in-depth scholarly research paper. In Senior Thesis II, students write an in-depth scholarly research paper.

The Certificate in Graphic Design is a non-degree course of study for anyone interested in learning design concepts, improving design skills, or exploring the rapidly changing area of design and computer graphics. The certificate is suitable for returning students with or without college experience, with or without art backgrounds. Traditional undergraduate degree-seeking students are not eligible for this program.

Yes. We have a number of Fine Arts classes that have a reserve cap, meaning a certain amount of seats are reserved for majors and minors of Fine Arts. Many of those classes have limited seats and fill up quickly.