The Department of Music offers undergraduate programs (BA) in Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Studies, and Performance, and graduate programs (MM) in Composition, Conducting, Jazz Studies, and Performance. All programs within the department are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The artist-faculty provides outstanding instruction to students from around the world while maintaining active national and international performing careers.
The Film program at UNO is one of the largest at the University and the largest in the southern region, offering a BA in Film Arts, an MFA in Film Production and an MFA in Screenwriting. From the moment students enter the program, they are given hands-on experience in every facet of filmmaking, working with state-of-the-art tools of the trade in screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, editing, and sound. Graduates of the UNO Film Program have been nominated for Student Academy Awards and won major film festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca. MFA Screenwriting graduates have gone on to work in the industry, writing feature films and TV series. The program works closely with the thriving local film industry, giving our students many opportunities for hands-on experience with professional productions, including at the Nims Center, the university’s 100,000-square-foot production facility.
The Theatre program is the only accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre in the New Orleans area. The program offers a BA in Theatre Arts and an MFA in Theatre Performance (Acting or Directing) or Theatre Design. UNO graduates have worked in every major theatre company and professional venue in the New Orleans metropolitan area, including several companies that were started by alumni.
The Department of Fine Arts is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The department offers a BA in Fine Arts, with options in both Studio Art and Art History and an MFA in Studio Arts. Housed in a series of buildings that include portions of Milneburg Hall, the Commons, and a studio complex, the department utilizes both on-campus and off-campus art galleries, as well as the full cultural community of New Orleans. The talented faculty of working professional artists collaborate with institutions throughout the area and with internationally known artists to offer practice and instruction. All faculty members are contributing writers to local and national arts periodicals and online journals.
The Arts Administration Program offers the only Master's Degree in Arts Administration in Louisiana and the Gulf South. Since 1983 the program has provided professional training for the vital "backstage" administrative, financial and marketing leaders of established cultural institutions and entrepreneurial startups, in both the visual and performing arts. The program's alumni are crucial to the cultural infrastructure of New Orleans and the region, with increasing national and international impact.