About SOTA

The University of New Orleans School of the Arts brings together five arts disciplines: Arts Administration, Film, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts, to expand on UNO’s rich arts traditions, share resources and training across disciplines, and address 21st Century career challenges. Housed on the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus, the School of the Arts immerses students in the vibrant culture of the City of New Orleans. SOTA also serves the public as a regional center of cultural and intellectual activity with numerous public performances, exhibitions, lectures and workshops by students, faculty, and guest artists in its galleries and performance spaces. The University of New Orleans School of the Arts meets and often exceeds national standards, and ranks among the leading cultural and arts education centers in the Gulf South.

Highlighting Successes

  • Music alumni are now distinguished members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra. Others have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, while several are regular members of groups led by Terrence Blanchard, Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton and Jon Batiste.
  • Theatre UNO has won more Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awards than any other university in the state.
  • Film students have held internships with major television and film productions in the region. Past productions, include NCIS: New Orleans, Django in Chains, and many more.
  • Approximately 90 percent of MFA graduates exhibit regularly and maintain professional careers in visual arts and art education careers.
  • National institutions served by arts administration program interns and alumni include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, and the South-by-Southwest Festival.

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