Welcome

A Place to Learn

The College of Art & Design provides nationally accredited, innovative, and rigorous programs in architecture, art, art history, interior design, and landscape architecture, helping students develop the skills they need to work as professional artists and designers.

The college brings together a focus on creativity and expression, talented faculty, specialized concentration areas, outstanding studios and gallery spaces, and a connection to the community to create dynamic programs in art and design. Students are challenged to explore their creativity and to work across disciplines to contemplate and solve contemporary issues, working with faculty on real-world projects with clients, community organizations, and planning agencies. Our alumni work around the world as successful artists and design professionals, contributing to the communities where they live. Visiting professors, artists, and lecturers provide frequent opportunities for students to meet and learn from renowned professionals from a diverse range of career paths.

A Place to Explore

Located in southern Louisiana amidst the Gulf Coast and the lower Mississippi Delta regions, Baton Rouge boasts a vibrant arts community, a rich cultural heritage, and a physical setting that challenges and informs the college’s perspective, research, and approach to art and design.

The College of Art & Design sits at the heart of the LSU campus. A compound of four buildings houses the art and design programs: the Art Building, Atkinson Hall, the Design Building, and the Studio Arts Building. Three of the buildings surround an outdoor sculpture garden referred to as the Sculpture Quad. Classes are also frequently held in Foster Hall, the Digital Media Center, the Wetlands Building, and at the off-site LSU Hilltop Arboretum.

Between classes, students meet in the Robert Reich Courtyard adjacent to the Design Building and congregate at the coffee shop in the atrium of the Design Building. The courtyard was designed and built by landscape architecture students, and college students frequently display their work on the atrium wall. Open, airy studios and workspaces are around every corner, and our facilities provide students access to the tools they need to create and learn. Facilities include a workshop, a communications studio, specialized computer laboratories, state-of-the-art technological equipment, exhibition spaces, and an off-site arboretum.

A Place to Grow

The college’s four programs of study have nationally recognized alumni throughout America and the world. These art and design professionals formed lasting professional and personal connections with faculty and peers while at LSU. Alumni frequently visit the college to lecture, present their work, and recruit students for internships and jobs. We value this one-on-one interaction between faculty and students, and we credit much of our continuing success to maintaining this mentorship approach to education. Our students become part of our extended family, and we welcome the opportunity to talk in greater detail about our college and show off our facilities and our students’ work.