The J. T. Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University is known for its world-class faculty and traditions of excellence, collaboration, and innovation. The College offers both traditional and interdisciplinary degrees in art, music, theatre, and dance.
The J. T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts (TCVPA) at Texas Tech University (TTU) is comprised of the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre and Dance. Please visit the College website (www.vpa.ttu.edu) or the websites of the individual Schools (noted below) for information about applying for admission.
About us: The TCVPA boasts a world-class faculty of 133, a diverse student body from around the world, and a 7.6 student/faculty ratio. It is the only Texas university program that is nationally accredited in all four arts. Graduates of the College have performed on the greatest stages; won Pulitzer, Grammy, Tony, and ADDY awards; and taught at prestigious universities around the world. The College places 100% of the music education and arts education majors who choose to enter the teaching profession. Come study where Susan Graham (international opera star), Hudson Hickman (Emmy-Award-winning producer), and DJ Stout (founding partner of Pentagram) all honed their craft!
Finances: Because of its reasonable tuition and low cost of living, TTU ranks in the top 100 of Kiplinger’s Best Values in Colleges. Non-resident undergraduate students qualify for in-state tuition (or discounted tuition) if they live in New Mexico or Oklahoma counties bordering Texas or if they receive a $1000 competitive scholarship. Read more about TTU Merit Scholarships at www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/incFreshman.php. Contact the individual Schools for information about scholarships in art, music, theatre, and dance.
Awards: TTU is one of only 115 universities in the U.S. to achieve Carnegie Tier One status. In Fall 2017, it became only the 10th Carnegie Tier One university to achieve Hispanic-Serving Institute (HSI) status. It is also one of the Top 10 Colleges in the U.S. for Veterans. The campus, largely in a Spanish Renaissance architectural style, features a collection of public art that is among the ten best in the U.S.
Student Life:The TCVPA can be your home away from home. The Fine Arts Learning Community provides a unique living environment for arts majors. Over 800 public events are produced each year, most of them free to the community. With over 35 student organizations, including the 400+ Goin’ Band from Raiderland and the Mariachi Los Matadores, there are performing and creative opportunities for everyone. TCVPA students can also study abroad at programs in Seville, Prague, China, and Italy.
Unique Interdisciplinary Degree: The College also offers the Bachelor of General Studies, a unique interdisciplinary degree for students who wish to study multiple fields in equivalent depth. The student selects three concentration areas, two of which must be in the TCVPA. TCVPA Honors College students working toward a Bachelor’s degree may gain early admission to the TTU School of Law through the “3+3” Early Admission Joint Program.
Coming to you: College representatives will attend National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Visual and Performing Arts College Fairs in Charlotte, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, and Denver (see the NACAC or TCVPA website for times, dates, and locations). Let us know if you can attend!
The School of Art (www.art.ttu.edu) strives to provide a stimulating environment where students are challenged to develop their creative and scholarly potential through exhibition opportunities, contemporary technologies, interdisciplinary and critical discourse.
Degrees: The School supervises the following degree and certificate programs: BA in Art History and Studio Art; BFA in Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Visual Studies (leading to teacher certification); M in Arts Education; MA in Art History; MFA in Studio Art; and PhD in Fine Arts in Critical Studies and Artistic Practice. A Graduate Certificate is offered in Art History, Criticism, and Theory. Minors are available in Art History, Fine Art Photography, Studio Art, and Transmedia. A wide array of courses is available, including offerings in animation, film, 3D design, art technology, ceramics, printmaking, digital imaging, metal fabrication, multimedia, computer design, illustration, packaging, web design, motion graphics, and sculpture.
Facilities and Partnerships: Facilities include the Landmark Art Gallery, 3-D Art Annex (Ceramics, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, Sculpture), Satellite Gallery, Transmedia Lab, Computer Lab, Visual Resources Center, and Woodshop. Art students can participate in community outreach and special partnerships, including the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood, Arts Initiative in Medicine, Summer Discovery Visual Arts Program, Texas Metals Symposium, Texas Sculpture Symposium, Charles Adams Studio Project (CASP) Art Studio Demonstrations and Workshops, and Lubbock’s popular First Friday Art Trail. Summer programs are regularly offered in Fredericksburg (TX), Seville, China, and Italy.
Portfolio Review Days: For 2017-18, the School of Art will host Open Portfolio Reviews on Oct. 7, 2017 and March 2, 2018 at Texas Tech University campus and will also travel to National Portfolio Day reviews in Atlanta, Denver, Austin, Dallas, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Sarasota (contact School of Art for more information).
The School of Music (www.music.ttu.edu) provides a professional environment that stimulates the highest standards of excellence in music education, research, and performance.
Degrees: The School supervises the following degree programs: BA in Music; BM in Music with specializations in music (leading to teacher certification), composition, performance, and theory; BM+MMEd (accelerated program); MM with specializations in composition, conducting, jazz performance, music theory, musicology, pedagogy, and performance; M in Music Education; DMA with specializations in performance, conducting, composition, and piano pedagogy; and PhD in Fine Arts with a specialization in music and concentrations in musicology, music theory, music education, and arts administration. Certificates are available in Community Arts Entrepreneurship, Jazz Studies, World Music, Early Music Performance Practice, and Piano Pedagogy.
Areas of Instruction: Instruction is offered in piano, organ, voice, guitar, harp and all brass, woodwind, percussion, and stringed instruments.
Facilities and Community Outreach: Facilities include the 541-seat Hemmle Recital Hall with its 4469-pipe Holtkamp Organ, Fazioli and Steinway Concert Grands, and Kingston and Martin harpsichords. The School also maintains a 36-bell carillon. Students can participate in community outreach and special partnerships including the TTU String Project; STELLAR Suzuki string training; TTU Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Mariachi Camps; Lubbock Chorale; Lubbock Moonlight Musicals; and Lubbock Symphony and Youth Orchestras. Summer programs are offered at TTU’s satellite campus in Seville, Spain.
Performing Ensembles: Performing ensembles include 5 concert and symphonic bands, 5 choral ensembles, 2 orchestras, opera and musical theatre, 3 jazz bands, and numerous instrumental chamber ensembles; the Goin’ Band from Raiderland (400+ students, Winner of the Sudler Trophy); Court Jesters Basketball Band; Mariachi Los Matadores de Texas Tech; vernacular music ensembles in Celtic, Tango, Balkan, Mbira, and Pop Music; the Early Music Ensemble; the Steel Drum Band; and various traditional percussion ensembles.
Auditions: For 2017-18, the School of Music will hold auditions on February 24 and March 3, 2018 (contact School of Music for more information). Private auditions can also be arranged.
The School of Theatre and Dance (www.theatre.ttu.edu) is one of only two universities in Texas to offer all traditional degrees in theatre, and one of only three in the Southwest to offer a Ph.D. in Fine Arts. Students pursue a core curriculum that includes training in the areas of design, acting, directing, dance, stage management, history, and playwriting.
Degrees: The School supervises the following degree programs: BA with majors in theatre arts and dance; BFA with majors in acting, design/technology, and musical theatre; MA in Theatre Arts; MFA in Theatre Arts; and PhD in Fine Arts with concentrations in acting and directing, design, history/theory/criticism, arts administration, and playwriting. Minors are available in dance, general theatre arts, acting, and design. All-level teacher certification is available within the BA or BFA.
Facilities and Partnerships: Facilities include the Maedgen Theatre, Maedgen Lab Theatre, and Creative Movement Studio. The School began construction on a new $20-million expansion, including a Black Box Theatre, in August 2017. Students can participate in numerous community outreach and special partnerships including the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Ballet Lubbock, Lubbock Community Theatre, Marfa Intensives (devised theatre with national guest artists), Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown (MA), Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), BurkTech Players partnership with the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research, Wildwind Performance Lab, 24-Hour Play Fest, Raider Red’s One-Act Play Spectacular. The School regularly attends Arts Advocacy Days in Washington, DC and Texas. Summer programs are held on the TTU campus as well as in Seville, Prague, Marfa (TX), and Provincetown (MA).
Auditions: For 2017-18, the School will hold music theatre and acting audition dates on November 11, 2017 and February 10, 2018 on the Texas Tech University campus. The on-campus dance audition date is February 10, 2018.
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Individual instruction is of an exceptional quality. Professors go out of their way to assist students with projects, help them refine ideas, and review difficult concepts.
At the School of Art, interdisciplinary collaboration and exploration of processes outside your program of emphasis are encouraged.
The small class sizes foster a sense of community with classmates and more one-on-one time with professors. I love having a unique degree that embraces creativity.
The Texas Tech School of Music has been my home away from home, so much so that I practically sleep in the practice rooms. I feel more prepared to face the world as a music educator with each passing day, thanks to my professors, the opportunities provided by the university, the quality of the program, and the amount of real-world experience I get as a student.
In the School of Theatre and Dance, you are educated in more than just academics, theories, and concepts; you learn life lessons from professors who care about you as a human being. This supportive environment and community has allowed me to thrive and grow as an artist in so many ways. Truly, there is no other place that I would want to be.
Texas Tech University has brought out the best in me. Over the past three years, I have been admitted into the Meadowmount, Brevard, and Eastern Music Festivals; attended the Round Top Music Festival; performed in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra; won the Texas Tech University String Concerto Competition; and become a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) chamber competition. All of this was possible only because of how much my professors cared to push me. This university has given and will continue to give me the necessary knowledge and wisdom to perform in the real world. They have taught me how to perform under pressure through exposure. They have prepared me to be ready for very important auditions for graduate school and professional orchestras. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Texas Tech, and it has been an honor to be taught by the outstanding professors there.
The faculty here are knowledgeable professionals in their particular fields. They are very supportive and always encourage us to do our best and exceed our own expectations. Their connections with other professionals in the industry, especially Tech alumni, provide us with a variety of internship opportunities when it comes to exploring our career paths. I have accomplished so much with the help from my professors. The projects I created during my time in the graphic design program helped me win multiple local ADDYs (American Advertising Award). In my last semester at Tech, my entry made it past the district level and won a silver award at national level. These awards definitely aided me in my job search. I did not realize how relevant the program curriculum was to real world practice until I started my first job. I fit right in at my current position with Pentagram because the program had prepared me to do very similar tasks while in school.
Love the community, love the old building, love seeing the success of people who practice really late and work hard, love the faculty, love everything!