Department of Art

The XULA Department of Art provides teaching and guidance in a well-rounded, stimulating atmosphere that calls forth each student's potential. Gaining an education in the traditional and contemporary art and design practices, students are prepared for a future in a diverse creative field as academics or practitioners. Majors and Minors in Art gain experience in the processes and theories of visual art, culture and communication through studio and seminar courses. Encouraging professional experiences while in school, the Art major is required to develop a portfolio and learn to market themselves in a global society. Many students engage in internship opportunities as artists and designers and exhibit work in local galleries and museums. Upper class Art majors have the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research through CUR, allowing for conference and research travel.

Art Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted on a one-semester trial and later evaluated to determine their continuance in a second probationary semester. Freshmen are required to demonstrate evidence of special ability in art with the submission of an art portfolio. Admission to sophomore art classes is contingent upon an evaluation review and faculty approval.

Admission Criteria: Excellent class and mandatory departmental meetings attendance, commitment to skills development, participation in the annual Spring Art Exhibition and an art portfolio submission review, professional attitude, and consistent growth

Art Portfolio Submission Requirements

Xavier University of Louisiana admitted students who are designated Art Majors will receive an email invitation to apply for an Art Departmental Scholarship via a Google form application.

Mardi Gras Indian Arts Program

Launched in 2007, the Mardi Gras Indian Arts is an eight-week full immersion experience for youth ages 11-14 in the Greater New Orleans area focused on Mardi Gras Indian art and culture. During hands-on sessions with the city's leading bearers of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, students learn about Indian suit design and how to sew in both the "Uptown" and "Downtown" styles. Lectures, film and video screenings, and conversations with guest speakers round out the curriculum and help students understand the rich costume and parade traditions of Mardi Gras Indians, including Native American, African, and Caribbean influences.

A natural outgrowth of CAP’s ten-year partnership with artists and educators Big Chief Walter Landry and Big Chief Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indians. Recognizing that neighborhood-based art forms like the Mardi Gras Indians are the soul of our city, we are committed over the long-term to helping perpetuate the tradition from one generation to the next.


LEARN THE BASICS OF MARDI GRAS INDIAN COSTUME DESIGN: During hands-on sessions, students will learn how to imagine, design, and create a Mardi Gras Indian costume from start to finish.

MOVE BEYOND DESIGN: Lectures, video screenings, and conversations with guest speakers will help students understand the rich costume and parade traditions of Mardi Gras Indians, including Native American and African-Caribbean influences.

Application and admission requirements will be listed under Xavier University Summer Programs if future programming is offered. Please visit - Xavier University Summer Programs

The Mardi Gras Indian Summer Camp Artwork will be on display at the Art Village Gallery, 
3520 Pine Street, Bldg. 39 at the end of each summer session.

Art Village Tours

Interested in a tour of the Department of Art?

The Art Village & John T. Scott Sculpture Garden are located across from main campus at 3520 Pine Street, New Orleans, LA 70125. Please email Joan Ulmer, Administrative Assistant, or call (504) 520-6723 to schedule an appointment Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.

For more information about the Department of Art, click here.

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