General Information and Advising
The Texas Tech University School of Art awards graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, and the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Fine Arts. The School promotes many activities and events that link our graduate students to our community here in Lubbock, the rest of Texas, the nation, and the world.
The MAE program offers a satellite summer program in Junction, TX, our version of Black Mountain College. Students enroll for summer studio art/visual studies credits at the Junction campus and complete online coursework in fall/spring semesters. Recent student papers and projects attest to the program’s social justice framework: “Buses as Art: Two Month Ethnographic Study in Panama” (2006), Misogyny Re-examined: Painting Exhibition as Autobiography and Gender Complexity” (2006), “Queer Kids in Schools” (Thesis, 2005).
The six studio areas make up the MFA program (ceramics, jewelry design & metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture) each offer unique opportunities for our students. The sculpture area has been instrumental in the revitalization of the Texas Sculpture Symposium and has hosted the 7th and 9th symposia in the fall semesters 2004 and 2006 on the TTU campus in Junction, Texas. Printmaking faculty recently organized and hosted Beyond Printmaking, an exciting national show of innovative hybrid prints juried by printmaker Anita Jung. Photography students are contributing to the superlative Millennial Collection of photographs documenting the Llano Estacado region during this period of rapid transition and are participating in a collaborative project with the Mechanical Engineering program to build a large-scale camera obscura. One of our painting MFA students recently organized and secured funds for an exchange show with Ohio State University MFA students, which included sending a group of painting faculty and students to visit the Ohio State campus and faculty studios. Ceramics students and faculty raise funds every year to attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference and in summer 2007, one of our current MFA students and two alumni will participate in an eight-week residency at “The Pottery Workshop and Experimental Sculpture Factory,” located in Jingdezhen, China. Students in jewelry design and metalsmithing regularly attend and show portfolios at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, and the Jewelry Metals Club has sponsored on-campus visits by numerous internationally and nationally known jewelers and metalsmiths.
The School of Art inaugurated the MA in Art History in 2012. Students may craft a “general” curriculum from the following areas: contemporary art and critical theory; European art from ancient and medieval through modern with emphases on the Mediterranean, Italy, France, and northern Europe; colonial and modern Latin American, Chicano/a art, Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican and Native American. The program also offers two trans-geographic areas of concentration, Borderlands & Contact Zones and History of the Book as Art. The degree requires a minimum of 30 hours plus reading knowledge of at least one foreign language.
The Fine Arts Doctoral Program is a unique interdisciplinary degree administered through the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Art major emphasizing 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 a more comprehensive understanding. To that end, TTU’s program is not a doctorate in studio, art education, or art history. Instead, students create an individualized combination of coursework within the arts and beyond as relevant to their dissertation projects. The degree requires a minimum of 60 hours beyond a (30-hour) master's. This includes 12 hours of dissertation research and writing.
Pursuant to the Texas Tech University Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, the Texas Administrative Code, and in accordance with norms stated in the NASAD Handbook, the credit and time expectations for School of Art courses are as follows:
For studio- or project-based courses at the graduate level, in-class contact hours typically include a combination of individual meetings and group activities that may vary by studio discipline and instructor. Total time expectations for in- and out-of-class student activity typically range from 45 to 60 hours per credit hour per term.
For traditionally delivered three-credit-hour graduate lecture-/seminar-based courses during a regular semester, students should expect to be in class for 3 hours per week, and work outside of class a minimum of 6 hours per week. For three-credit-hour graduate studio-/project-based courses, students should expect to devote a total of between 9 and 12 hours to the course per week.