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Lake Shore Campus:
Crown Center 201
Phone: 773-508-2820

Water Tower Campus:

Lewis Towers 900
Phone: 312-915-6088

Professors Emeriti: M. Lawton, J. Rago-McNamara

Associate Professors: J. Dewell, BVM, M. Dunn, B. Fiorentino, P. Hernes (chairperson), J. Jensen, E. Kenney, BVM, F. Vodvarka, P. Wisotzki

Assistant Professors: M. Balasis, D. Dwight, BVM, N. Ferentz, J. Gondek, J. Nicholson

Adjunct Professors: P. Aglinskas, S. Gofstein, K. King, B. O’Donnell

The majors in fine arts and music are offered on the Lake Shore Campus. Limited offerings in studio art, art history and music are available at the Water Tower and Rome Center campuses. A certificate in graphic design is available at Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses.


The Department of Fine Arts offers degree programs in both the visual arts and music. Its purpose is two-fold: to make students aware of their potential for personal growth and of the expressive qualities of the creative and visual arts; and to provide students with workable skills and basic knowledge in specific areas which may lead to a variety of career possibilities.


Music: The major or minor in music offers a balanced curriculum of theory, music history and literature, ensemble performance courses and private lessons in piano, voice, organ and guitar. Music majors must take a minimum of one credit hour of ensemble performance and one credit hour of private applied instruction each semester. At least four credit hours in a single applied area are required. Required performance classes and "end of semester juried hearings," and optional musicales and recitals offer a variety of performance opportunities for the applied student.

Visual Arts: The major or minor in visual arts can be pursued through one of three concentrations: art history, studio art, and visual communication. Each of these varies in number of credit hours and requirements. Studio art is further subdivided into a variety of typical specialties: ceramics, drawing and painting, jewelry, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Visual communications majors get professional experience in an internship program before graduation.

One can major in visual arts and minor in music, or vice-versa.

Portfolio Review: All visual art programs, except art history, require the acceptance of a portfolio. This jurying process takes place after 21 credit hours in visual art have been completed, and no later than second semester junior year. It is not possible for a student to accumulate credit hours and "float" out without submitting a portfolio. The portfolio is presented to a panel of three faculty members who decide the acceptability of the work and recommend the concentration and specialty best suited to the student. One can submit a portfolio only twice in his/her career at Loyola. Carefully nuanced descriptions of portfolio requirements for each concentration are published by the department.


First year students who have declared a major in music or visual arts should meet with the department chairperson in their first semester to plan their program.

Transfer students present unique situations in applying as art/music majors. Simultaneous to submission of one’s transcript, a transfer student should present his/her credentials to the chairperson. She/he should be prepared to give evidence of skills noted in the transcript by way of an audition, a portfolio or a writing sample. Courses cannot be waived without the chair’s approval. At least half of one’s art/music courses must be completed at Loyola. Advising: Anyone who elects art or music as a major or minor after entering Loyola should identify him/herself to the chairperson. Together the student and chairperson choose an academic advisor with whom he/she discusses curricular issues at least once a semester. Planning of courses is crucial. Students should strive to take foundation art courses as early as possible to maintain a sequenced focus.

Special advising pertains to students planning to fulfill degree requirements at the Rome Center. They must discuss their programs with the chairperson before registration to assure good sequencing of required courses.

Typical Studio and Applied Music courses require additional work time (averaging six hours per week) per three-credit-hour course. All required courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. These courses may not be taken as "audit."

Senior Presentations: Those concentrating in art history must complete a senior research paper. All applied art majors must present a senior exhibition. All senior applied art majors also take Seminar in Art and Ideas offered only in the fall semester. Music majors may present a senior recital.

Honors credit: The Department of Fine Arts participates in the honors program by offering an honors section of an expressive arts core course each semester.

Scholarships: Advanced full-time majors are eligible to apply for tuition-free programs and classes at the School of Art Institute of Chicago through the Grace and Walter Byron Smith Scholarship Fund. Classes in subjects not offered at Loyola that would enhance student programs are available. The John J. Aldera Scholarship, based on need and vocal ability, the Helmuth H. Fuchs Scholarship in piano and the Walter Zanozik Scholarships in music provide assistance to music majors.


Minor sequences offer the student an opportunity to develop a structured program in a chosen area without the extensive commitment of a major. All minor sequences consist of twenty-one credit hours. Classes must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Music. Required: MUSC 101 (should be taken in the first semester), 144, 244; two music history electives, one of which must be 252, 353, or 354; three credit hours of ensemble performance courses and three credit hours of applied music private instruction in the same area.

Art History. Required: FNAR 200, 201, 202, 390; one course selected from Category I: 338, 340, 343, 305, 306; one course selected from Category II: 351, 355, 356, 357; one additional course chosen with advice of advisor from either elective category or 203, 207, 251, 336, 337, 342, 365, 367, or 394.

Studio Art. Requirements to be completed first: FNAR 112 or 113, 200 and 201; four additional courses from the following: 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 120, 123, 124, 126, or 132, unless otherwise approved by an advisor.

Visual Communication. Required: FNAR 112, 113, 132, 202, 232 and 233; either 115 or 213.

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