Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Declaring a Major or Minor

Students who wish to major or minor in Fine Arts should:

  1. Start at the Hub.
  2. Make an appointment with the Director of Fine Arts, Matt Groves.
  3. The director will assign an advisor in the student’s area of study, create an appropriate schedule, and answer any questions the student may have. 

Academic Advisor / Faculty Advisor

All undergraduate students at Loyola are assigned one academic advisor.

  • If you are a freshman or sophomore, your advisor is in the Office of First and Second Year Advising.
  • If you are a junior or senior, Advising is handled by the Deans Office of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • If you declare a Fine Arts major, the Department will assign you a faculty advisor to advise on fine arts courses. 

Meeting with your Advisor

Majors and minors should consult their advisor regularly, for assistance with meeting major and minor requirements, more general curricular advice, and career suggestions. Consulting with the advisor may be especially helpful in November and April, when students register for the upcoming semesters. Advisors will also give information on auditions and performances.

To find out who your advisor is, log into LOCUS and look at the bottom right of the screen.   

If you believe you are a Fine Arts major and do not see an advisor, please contact the Director of Fine Arts, Matt Groves.

Course Requirements

Credits vary by area. See each major and minor curriculum.

Study Abroad

The Office for International Programs (OIP) offers over 100 programs in 55 countries with centers in Rome, Beijing and Vietnam. OIP is dedicated to making sure that all students have the opportunity to participate in a program. For more information, click here.

If you are planning studying abroad, you may need to seek out early course approval for major, minor, and core credits. It is imperative that you meet with your faculty advisor to create a plan to stay on track for graduation.

Advanced Placement
Student must have scored a 4 or 5 on AP studio art portfolio to get 3 FNAR credit hours. Credit and advanced placement are based on evaluation of the student’s portfolio by the department. Submit portfolio or slides and score to the director for review.

Double major, major/minor in FNAR
A double FNAR major is possible among Visual Communication, Art History, and Studio Art, but not within the three concentrations that make up Studio Art (i.e. drawing and painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture). Department policy is that a maximum of three courses can count towards both majors.

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