Our Vision & Mission

For more than a century, LSU has cultivated a rich tradition of excellence in music, theater, dance, and film.

Our college culture revolves around a trio of core strengths—ambitious students, mentorship-focused faculty, and the vibrant arts communities of Louisiana—which together form a perfect recipe for developing skillful learners who are adaptable creative artists and engaged global citizens. We take great pride in the roles played by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni in preserving and growing the performing arts in Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world.

The Schools of Music and Theatre within the College of Music & Dramatic Arts offer prospective students a comprehensive selection of degree programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music in 1932, the School of Music numbers almost 400 majors, 90 graduate students, 70 faculty and professional staff, and is home to the historic Turner-Fischer Center for Opera, one of the oldest collegiate programs of its kind in the United States.

The rapidly growing School of Theatre boasts a faculty and professional staff of 26, with 130 majors and 35 graduate students, and brings students a rare and unique learning opportunity through a close association with Swine Palace, a professional Equity theatre that operates year-round and offers substantial opportunities to work with national and international artists.

Regardless of individual discipline, students who enroll in the College of Music and Dramatic Arts receive a wealth of resources and support, from newly renovated performance venues across campus, to hundreds of public performance opportunities each year, and passionate, committed classmates who foster a unique camaraderie. Mentoring and guiding our students are the unparalleled faculty of the School of Music and the School of Theatre, comprised of renowned scholars, stellar performers, vibrant creators, and inspiring teachers with active careers and international reputations for excellence.

Join us as we push the boundaries of creativity, and immerse yourself in everything a contemporary arts education has to offer.