From faculty who are recognized as world renowned leaders and innovators. Academy nominated, Billboard chart topping, Grammy Award winning, Guggenheim fellow, Rome Prize winner, MacArthur fellow, Museum of Modern Art curator, Rauschenberg resident, nationally published, the School of the Arts faculty aren’t just teachers, they are true masters of their craft. They are all active members in their field working and producing while passing along their knowledge and skills to the next generation. Connecting and inspiring students to become masters in their own right is their most prized achievement.
Students in the Crescent City gain a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a cutting edge community rooted in traditional and contemporary explorations. This visual and cultural landscape makes New Orleans the number 1 most popular cultural destination in the United States. As the Hollywood of the South, hosting more than 100 movie and TV productions a year, students gain immediate access to industry opportunities. Jazz, classical and music industry greats are common place mentors and fixtures of the community. UNO School of the Arts partners with Prospect New Orleans, a citywide contemporary art triennial that emphasizes collaborative partnerships and site-specificity by local, national, and international artists. The city's infectious spirit is sure to invigorate, captivate and motivate.
UNO students leave fully prepared to step into the highly competitive world of the arts. Music alumni are members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis' Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, and 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 worked on major television and film productions in the region, including 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.