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Fine Arts Core

Studies in Art, Music, Theatre, and Philosophy

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.

Core Course Rotation Schedule


In addition to study in the field of specialization area, each student completes a series of core courses as a minor comprising 15 hours of work outside the field of specialization. Students select five of the courses not offered by their department of specialization from the list below:

  • ART 5310: Historical and Critical Perspectives in the Visual Arts
  • ART 5314: The Visual Arts in Contemporary Context
  • MUSIC 5310: Historical and Critical Perspectives in Music
  • MUSIC 5314: Music in Contemporary Context
  • THEATRE 5310: Historical and Critical Perspectives in Theatre Arts
  • THEATRE 5314: Theatre Arts in Contemporary Context
  • PHILOSOPHY 5310: History of Aesthetics*
  • PHILOSOPHY 5314: Contemporary Aesthetics *


EFFECTIVE 2012-2013
*Aesthetics represents a unique component of the doctoral program in Fine Arts. The Department of Philosophy is administered within the College of Arts and Sciences.
A student may submit two courses through the unit's Graduate Advisor or Coordinator to the CVPA Graduate Committee for consideration as alternatives to two of the regular approved core courses. The intent is to preserve distribution in all FADP disciplines but to allow for alternatives that fulfill multi- and inter-disciplinary intent of the core.  Please note that VPA 5300 topics which have been approved as standing substitutes need not be appealed to the Graduate Committee. (revision effective 2013-2014) .

For more information, see:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Philosophy
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3092
Department of Philosophy Website
Near or at the end of the coursework, each doctoral student undergoes extensive examination over the fields of study involved in the program. This examination covers both the core (minor) and the field of specialization, though not necessarily at the same time.

The CORE EXAMINATION is designed to test the student’s general understanding of concepts and materials implicit in the program of core courses required for the degree. The goal is to demonstrate an ability to relate general issues and concerns common to all the arts. For policies governing the core examination, see the doctoral program Guidelines, Section III. For types of issues assigned recently at exams, see Core Exam Sample Questions.