Graduate Student Admissions
The Master of Arts in Art History requires a minimum of 30 hours of post-baccalaureate study. This includes two required art historical theory and methodology courses ARTH 5308 and 5309, 12 hours of graduate art history, 6 hours of an extra-departmental minor, and 6 hours of thesis. Additionally, reading knowledge of at least one foreign language is required. In their final semester in the M.A. program, students must successfully complete an oral defense of the thesis. Focus areas comprise historical eras, the Book as Art, and Borderlands & Contact Zones.
Admission to the M.A. program normally presumes that students hold a BA in Art History or a BA in a related field with at least 24 undergraduate hours in Art History. Up to 9 of these hours may be completed through leveling at TTU. Applicants are required to take the GRE exam (in time to have the scores submitted by the application deadline). Acceptance is also contingent upon satisfaction of all Graduate School requirements for admission. After admission, the faculty determines specific leveling requirements and a degree plan for each student.
The Master of Art Education (M.A.E.) degree program is comprised of a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate work including 12 semester hours of art education core courses; 9-12 semester hours of related art courses; 6-9 semester hours as a minor (taken outside the school); and 6 semester hours of thesis, professional project, or studio problem leading to an art exhibition. The M.A.E. graduate coordinator will evaluate applicants who have met the minimum entrance requirements of the Graduate School. The applicant for the M.A.E. degree may be asked to submit a portfolio and/or slides of his or her art and, if possible, examples of student art to the preview committee. On the basis of these requirements, the preview committee will make recommendations concerning the acceptance of students to the M.A.E. degree program and will determine and prescribe any leveling work to be completed before or after acceptance.
Texas Tech University’s Fine Arts Doctoral Program is a unique interdisciplinary degree administered through the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The ART specialization with a concentration in Critical Studies and Artistic Practice recognizes that the arts in the 21st century often involve questions, problems, and topics that are too broad or complex to be addressed adequately by a single discipline. Our program seeks to deal with this complexity by drawing on multiple disciplines in an effort to integrate their insights and develop more comprehensive understandings within the arts. To that end, TTU’s program is not a doctorate in studio, art education, or art history alone. Instead, students create an individualized combination of coursework within the arts and beyond as relevant to their dissertation projects.