Jul 24, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024

Department of Art and Performance Studies

Division of Fine Arts and Humanities

The Art Village - (504) 520-7556 - https://www.xula.edu/department/department-of-art.html

In support of the University’s mission, the Art and Performance Studies Department is committed to preparing individuals to be visually aware and socially conscious. Students investigate and develop studio skills, historical analysis, individual aesthetics, and methods of evaluation within a mentorship environment. Courses are designed to enhance fundamental professional training for all students, stimulate intellectual curiosity, and provide an opportunity to expand personal creative experiences.


For the art major, we offer fundamental professional preparation through broad studio activities. We assist the individual in finding and building upon his/her own strengths in an effort to pursue a successful arts career. Problem solving, research, community collaboration and the integration of creative and technical practices are the root of visual arts program.

Two programs are available to the art major - the B.A. Program in Art  and the B.A. Program in Art Education . The first broadens career opportunities in visual arts, specifically in sculpture, painting, ceramics, graphic design, photography and printmaking. The Program in Art Education certifies the prospective art teacher for primary and secondary schools.

Freshmen entering the program as majors are required to give some evidence of special ability in the field prior to admission. Admission to sophomore level and above art programs of study is dependent on approval of the majority of the art faculty, based on the student’s performance during the preceding year in the areas of drawing, sense of design, consistent growth, and professional attitudes. Each major will participate in an annual review with the faculty in order to assess the student’s demonstrated skills. Students will be required to maintain a journal/sketchbook. This book should contain all materials given to students in and out of art classes as well as information students find important. Students are expected to attend all departmental meetings.

Entering freshmen may compete for scholarships. The student must have completed an application for admission and have been accepted by the university before any scholarship is considered.

The Art and Performance Studies Department reserves the right either to accept studio art credits from other institutions or to require the student to take further courses in the Xavier Art and Performance Studies Department. The decision will be based on the quality of the work submitted by the student.

Upon graduation at least one work from each graduating senior is to be submitted to and retained by the Department. Each graduating senior must present to the department digital documentation representing his/her best work. Majors are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination and all senior exhibition requirements. Attendance at all departmental meetings is required. In order for any of the departmental offerings to be counted for degree credit, a student must earn a “C” or better.

The B.A. in Art program requires a total of 121 hours. This includes 48 hours of art courses of which nine are electives in a chosen media or other art courses. The required courses include: ART 1010 , ART 1030 , ART 1040 ART 2110 , ART 2120 , and an additional elective art history class. Students choose among several other art courses as their studio foundation studies in Two Dimensional Art, ART 1060  and ART 2080 , Three Dimensional Art, ART 1050  and ART 2070 ART 2020  and ART 3020. The remaining 5 art elective classes should include 2 advanced classes in the area of concentration for the required senior exhibition. Special elective courses include ART 4503   and ART 2600 .

Majors in Art Education are required to take 51 semester hours in art. The following are required in the B.A. in Art Education Program: ART 1010 , ART 1020 , ART 1030 , ART 1050 , ART 1060 , ART 1090 , ART 2020 , ART 2070 , ART 2080 , ART 2110 , ART 2120 , and ART 3000 .


The Performance Studies major views performance as an object to be studied, a creative method of research, and a tool for community engagement. Working in an interdisciplinary context, students use a performance-based lens for experiential learning and research that includes sharing creative work with public audiences. The program promotes inclusion, community advocacy and outreach to diverse audiences.

Performance Studies majors devise a career plan that connects their interdisciplinary skills to successful employment or entry into an arts- or humanities-based graduate program. Select course offerings also prepare students for advanced study in social science-based graduate programs such as Anthropology or Communication Studies. Graduates will be prepared to enter a variety of careers that require skills such as critical and creative thinking, oral and written communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, intercultural competence, project design and management, and video, sound, light, and stage design, among others. Because the program is committed to community engagement through arts-based education initiatives, advocacy in partnership with local non-profits, and communicating the value of its performance research to public audiences, students will also have community and professional networking opportunities.

The B.A. in Performance Studies program requires a total of 120 hours. This includes 36 hours in the major of which nine are electives in designated Performance Studies courses or designated arts- or humanities-based courses in other departments. Six of the nine elective hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. The required courses include: ART 1090 , PERF 1000 , PERF 2010 , PERF 2035 , PERF 2040 , PERF 3030 PERF 3060 , PERF 3400 , and PERF 4900 .


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-degree