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, it is not necessary to submit a portfolio in order to be accepted into the program. 

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.

The Internship in Visual Communication (FNAR 380) is required for Visual Communication majors. The Gallery Internship (FNAR 368) is also available to Fine Arts students. Students have the opportunity to study art objects first-hand utilizing the diverse museum and gallery resources of Chicago, as well as the collections of the Loyola University Museum of Art.

Click here for more information about the Visual Communication Internship and the Gallery Internship.

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.

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.

Students are expected to purchase their own supplies for Fine Arts classes. Required supplies vary depending on the class and professor. Syllabi for each class outline these requirements in more detail. Many professors offer a bundled kit for students at a discount from Blick Art Materials.


For additional information about photography and visual communication requirements, click here