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Fine Arts Doctoral Program

Texas Tech University offers a one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. in Fine Arts. Students in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program first obtain a foundational core of knowledge from multidisciplinary courses in Art, Music, Theatre, and Philosophy and then specialize in a specific area of visual or performing arts.

The mission of the Fine Arts Doctoral Program is to offer a unique multidisciplinary education in Art, Music, Theatre, and Philosophy; provide a comprehensive approach to doctoral study of the arts and of aesthetic principles; and foster leadership in the arts for institutions of higher education, for the benefit of regional culture, and for the enrichment of society as a whole.


Coming in Fall 2014:

Students entering in fall 2014 will engage an exciting re-designed core program (five courses) that emphasizes interdisciplinarity among the arts, including a colloquium that explores disciplinary formation and types of interdisciplinary engagement. Faculty members are currently re-envisioning goals, outcomes, and expectations for arts courses in the revised core, which will continue to provide aesthetics as a multidisciplinary component. More complete information will be posted during spring and summer 2014.

Within the Fine Arts doctoral program with a field of specialization in Art, students examine diverse discourses in the visual arts. The Art specialization considers the political, economic, and aesthetic matrices in which the arts are embedded.
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A music student may pursue intensive work in one of several areas, including; Composition, Conducting, Music Administration, Music Education, Music History and Literature, Music Theory, Performance, and Pedagogy.

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The doctoral program provides theatre students with a broad arts education that will prepare them for leadership roles in the fine arts, particularly in theatre organizations.

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