College of Music + Media

Loyola’s College of Music and Media serves as the preeminent center of performing and visual arts study among all Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the United States and recognizes the historical role of music and the arts in the Roman Catholic Church.

Our Faculty and Staff are dedicated to prepare students for professions in the arts, or other fields, in a manner that reflects the Jesuit ideals of truth, service, and justice, and provides the campus, region, and nation with activities demonstrating the University’s commitment to the arts.


Academic Programs

School of Communication & Design

School of Music & the Theatre Arts

School of Music Industry 

School of Communication & Design

The School of Communication & Design offers undergraduate degree programs and courses in Art, Design, Digital Filmmaking, Journalism, and Strategic Communication. Program requirements are listed for students beginning a program during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. 


The Department of Art offers the following academic programs and courses.

Visual Arts


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The Department of Design offers the following undergraduate programs and courses.



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Digital Filmmaking 

The Department of Digital Filmmaking offers the following undergraduate programs.

Digital Filmmaking


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The Department of Journalism offers the following undergraduate programs. 

Strategic Communication

The Department of Strategic Communication offers the following undergraduate programs. 


Mass Communication Minors

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Sequences and Emphasis Areas

In addition to completing the mass communication core requirements, students must complete a sequence of courses for a particular communication field. Sequences are journalism: online, electronic and print; strategic communication: advertising or public relations; and visual communication.

For students majoring in mass communication, the SMC offers emphasis areas. These are designed to allow students to use their communications electives to focus on a particular area. These areas are photography, sports communication, non-profit communication and environmental communication.

General Requirements for Mass Communication Majors

  • Mass Communication majors are required to have a minor, a set of courses in a field of study outside the School of Mass Communication.
  • Students are required to complete an internship to gain professional experience in their field of study.
  • The Mass Communication major is 40 hours -- 15 hours of mass communication core courses and 25 hours of sequence requirements. No more than 48 hours in Mass Communication courses may be counted toward the 120 hours needed for the degree.

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School of Music and Theatre Arts 

The School of Music and Theatre Arts offers the following undergraduate degree programs and courses. Program requirements are listed for students beginning a program during the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Music & Music Performance


Music Therapy


Music Education

Students enrolled in Music Education programs must follow Music Education Progression Requirements in addition to the following program requirements. Please see also Music Education Progression Requirements

Music Education Certification-Only Programs are available for students who already have a bachelor's degree. 

Music Minors

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Music Education Progression Requirements

Music education students have academic progression requirements (portals), a student teaching internship requirement, and must meet these requirements to be recommended by Loyola University New Orleans faculty for Louisiana state teacher certification. 


Music education candidate progress is determined by assessment measures employed at transition portals 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Portal 1- (Freshman)

  • Acceptance to College of Music and Media (Freshman)
  • Passing scores on Praxis I in reading, writing, and mathematics
  • Achieve a grade of C (2.0) or better in Prelude to Music Education and Foundations of Multicultural Education*

Portal 2- (Sophomore — Junior)

  • Methods courses and field components: M200, M250, M308, M306 or M307
  • Praxis II in Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Exam and Praxis II Music Content Area Exam
  • Junior Recital

Portal 3- (Senior)

  • Remaining coursework
  • Completion of all other program requirements
  • Intern Teaching/Student Teaching Seminar
  • Application for certification

Portal 4– Licensed Practice

  • Follow-up graduate surveys
  • COMPASS (Charlotte Danielson Framework as the Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching)
  • To be eligible for graduation, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and the grade of a C (2.0) or better in all music and professional education courses, pass Praxix II PLT and Music Content Area exams, and complete other programs requirements to be eligible for state teacher certification.

* Our Lady of Holy Cross (OLHCC) consortium

Student Teaching Internship

The culminating experience in music teacher education is teaching internship. Internship teaching is a full-time, off-campus, school-based experience comprising a full semester. During internship teaching, the teacher candidate is expected to assume all responsibilities of a certified teacher. Intern teaching is clinical practice supervised by one or more faculty members in the music education department and a mentor teacher in the school.

Upon successful completion of the internship and certification by the state of Louisiana Department of Education, teacher candidates qualify for application for the bachelor of music degree. Faculty review may require probation or removal of teacher candidate for a given period. The services of the university counseling center are available for the purpose of career counseling to assist student teacher candidates.

State Certification in Music Education

To be recommended by Loyola University New Orleans for teacher certification as a K — 12 instrumental music teacher, vocal teacher, or general music teacher in Louisiana, the teacher candidate must fulfill all the requirements specified by the department for the degree program in music education. The degree program incorporates all the requirements for certification by the State of Louisiana for teaching in grades K – 12. Certification requirements for Louisiana including reciprocity with other states are established by the Louisiana State Department of Education and are subject to change. Any such changes will be incorporated into the teacher preparation programs.

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Theatre Arts & Dance

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance offers the following undergraduate programs. Additionally, Theatre Arts students must meet performance standards and proficiency requirements. 

Theatre Arts


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The department of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts program and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with a Minor in Business Administration program. All are designed to provide 128 credit hours.

The theatre arts major provides concentrated theatre courses within a liberal arts context. The theatre arts major with a minor in business administration was developed for those who are interested in arts management. The required core of theatre courses roots the individual student in the theatre arts, while the business courses give the student complementary skills which may be applied to many areas of business and arts management.

Performance Standards and Proficiencies

Individual degree programs and departments stipulate a variety of specific proficiencies. Students must consult their advisors concerning these requirements.

In all programs, no more than a total of six additional hours in Play Production (THEA M300), Theatre Workshop (THEA M262), and Advanced Performance Workshop (THEA M321) may be counted toward the 128 hours needed for graduation.

All students are expected to be involved in at least one production each semester. Completion of at least one production crew is required by the fall term of the sophomore year. A student placed on academic probation must cease all production activity until good standing is restored.

Majors and minors are expected to participate in departmental forums and meetings.

Each senior develops a personal capstone thesis. Thesis primarily are the development and writing of a research thesis. Limited merit projects may consist of the directing of a short play and the compiling of a production book, the design of a production, or a management project.

In order to graduate with a degree in theatre arts, a student must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA as well as a 2.5 departmental GPA. All majors are expected to achieve a minimum of 2.5 in theatre arts courses.

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School of Music Industry

The School of Music Industry offers the following undergraduate programs and courses. Program requirements are listed for students beginning a program during the 2019-2020 Academic Year:

Music Industry Studies


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The College of Music and Media, founded in 1932, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The college also holds memberships in the Association of American Colleges, Jesuit Educational Association, National Catholic Educational Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The music education curriculum, in consortium with Our Lady of Holy Cross College, is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for teacher certification in the State of Louisiana. The music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

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In addition to normal university admission, entry to the Music programs in the College of Music and Media requires every candidate to complete a satisfactory performance audition or music industry studies interview and portfolio submission. Candidates are required to complete the College of Music and Fine Arts audition application prior to scheduling their audition or interview. 

Admission to Theatre Arts and Dance requires every candidate to complete a satisfactory performance and/or portfolio audition, in addition to normal university admission. This audition also serves as a basis of consideration for awarding theatre arts scholarships.

In the Visual Arts, an entry portfolio is required of students who are seeking scholarships or advanced placement, and of transfer students who wish to have course credit from other institutions applied to their Loyola transcripts.

Visit the College of Music and Media Web Page for more information on Admission requirements.

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College Requirements for Degree

In order to graduate, a student must meet the graduation requirements of the university and college and must possess a Loyola grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. Students must also adhere to certain grade point average and complete all course requirements in place by their major department within the College of Music and Fine Arts. To be eligible for graduation, students must complete their last 30 semester hours at Loyola.

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