New Orleans, LA Art Classes with Degree Program Summaries

Research art courses in New Orleans, LA, which has several schools within ten miles of its downtown offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three New Orleans schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Art Schools in New Orleans, LA

Students looking for art programs in the New Orleans area have several choices within the city, including the three summarized in the paragraphs below. Along with the program descriptions, you'll also find a handy comparison table with important school information and a section about two other options for art students in New Orleans.

  • Xavier University of Louisiana is a four-year private school that's less than two miles from downtown New Orleans. This school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Art.
  • Further from downtown, but still within the city limits, is the University of New Orleans (UNO), a public university that is about five miles from downtown, and awards bachelor's and master's degrees in the fine arts.
  • Loyola University New Orleans is a smaller private school that's located 2.7 miles from downtown New Orleans. The university offers both an undergraduate liberal arts and a professional program in studio art.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table includes at-a-glance information about acceptance and undergraduate tuition rates for the three featured schools. Note that while all three universities are very to fairly selective, once accepted, more than 60% of first-time, full-time students return to their school of choice for their second year.

Xavier University of Louisiana University of New Orleans Loyola University New Orleans
School Type University; private not-for-profit University; public University; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 3,044* 7,964* 3,759*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $23,606* $8,484 in-state; $13,320 out-of-state* $39,492*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 99%* 93%* 98%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 64%* 57%* 69%*
Retention Rate (2017) 72% for full-time students* 62% for full-time students* 80% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 44%* 32%* 56%*

Source: *NCES, College Navigator.

Xavier University of Louisiana

This school offers a four-year degree where students can take a variety of courses that encompass a well-rounded education in art. In addition to the major requirements, students will take exploratory courses that cover topics such as faith and society, creative expression, scientific reasoning and human behavior. Students must also complete a senior capstone.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Students can enroll a 120-credit bachelor's degree program in art. The major requires 48 credits of courses in areas like design, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design and the history of art. Additional areas of interest in the bachelor's program include printmaking, web design, global issues and art appreciation. Students must complete an exhibition during their senior year.

University of New Orleans

The Department of Fine Arts at UNO employs eight faculty and houses resources ranging from multiple painting studios to an art-oriented computer lab.

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Studio Art

The studio art program at UNO offers five areas of emphasis: sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital art and painting. Studio art majors study digital design, art history and drawing, as well as introductory classes in the department's three main areas of concentration. The curriculum includes advanced studio coursework in a specific area of emphasis and the development of a senior project in the same specialization area.

Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art

UNO MFA candidates may focus their study on painting, digital art, sculpture or photography. In addition to a minimum number of studio courses in one of these disciplines, students complete classes in a secondary medium. The degree requires 30 credits for the major, nine credits for the minor and six credits in art history. Halfway through the program, MFA students undergo an oral exam and a faculty evaluation of their work in order to progress to graduation candidacy. Students will also be responsible for developing a thesis that requires a body of artwork and a written report.

Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola offers undergraduate study in studio art with a range of specializations. The art and design department comprises four full-time faculty members and one part-time faculty member.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

In the BA in Studio Art program at Loyola, students choose a concentration in printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture or digital arts. Students will take courses in areas like photography, electronic media and interactive media. A studio arts internship will also be completed.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Loyola's studio art BFA includes classes in aesthetic criticism, art history and modern art. Students complete extensive coursework in a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting and digital arts, among other disciplines. During their junior year, BFA students undergo a faculty assessment of their work. Senior BFA candidates create work to be exhibited in the school's on-campus gallery for a thesis show.

Other School Options

Additional New Orleans colleges that offer art programs include Dillard University, a private not-for-profit school, and Delgado Community College, a two-year public institution. Both schools are less than five miles from downtown New Orleans.

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