The School is NASAD accredited and offers the BA in Art History, BA in Art, the BFA in Studio Art, Design Communication, and Visual Studies (teacher certification), the MAE, the MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History, and the Ph.D. in Fine Arts with a major in Art termed "Critical Studies and Artistic Practice." A faculty of 35 full-time professors serves approximately 325 undergraduate students and 60 students involved in graduate study. A staff of 15 provides technical, professional, and administrative support for the School.
The School's Visual Resource Center maintains art reference books, current art periodicals, instructional media, digital classrooms, and a legacy slide collection, as well as an expanding collection of digital images for teaching and research. Additional images are available through ARTStor and online at the university library.
Landmark Arts, the exhibitions and speakers program of the School of Art, presents exhibitions in five galleries in the main Art Building and stages monthly exhibitions of current creative research by students and faculty in the Satellite Gallery located in the thriving Charles Adams Studio Project - Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts campus in downtown Lubbock. Landmark Arts annually presents 31-38 art exhibitions and hosts 20-30 visiting artists, art historians, and scholars.
Established in 1923, Texas Tech University is one of the youngest major research institutions in the country and one of four major comprehensive universities in the state. The 1839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus serves approximately 33,000 students and hosts one of the 10 best campus public art collections in the nation (Public Art Review, 2006). The Graduate School enrolls over 5,500 students in nearly 100 different master's programs and some 50 doctoral programs. The Graduate School strives to maintain flexibility through a combination of options from the traditional degree programs to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary choices. The units of Art, Music and Theater and Dance comprise the College of Visual and Performing Arts. For more information, see: http://www.vpa.ttu.edu.
Lubbock, a city of more than 220,000, is situated atop the Caprock on the High Plains of northwest Texas. Lubbock offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and a cost of living below the national average. Lubbock's international airport offers direct, one-hour flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and Denver, thereby providing access to major museum collections, exhibitions, and art markets. Lubbock also supports a symphony orchestra; museums; a community visual and performing arts center; galleries; music, dance, and theater performances; a First Friday Art Trail; and a growing variety of restaurants and shops.