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Fine Arts Core

Studies in Art, Music, Theatre, and Philosophy

Beginning in Fall 2014:


Students engage an exciting re-designed core program (five courses) that emphasizes interdisciplinarity among the arts. It comprises four required courses: a Colloquium that explores disciplinary formation and types of interdisciplinary engagement, an integrated Arts Histories course, Arts in A Contemporary Context, and one of two courses in philosophical Aesthetics; additional Topics courses and offerings in philosophy complete a student's core program. Students then specialize in a specific area of visual or performing arts.

CORE GOALS:
  • 1. Introduce and apply theoretical and critical framing of interdisciplinary in the arts.
  • 2. Instill understanding of historical issues pertaining to multiple art forms in expanding global contexts.
  • 3. Incorporate philosophical, aesthetic, and critical approaches to appreciation and evaluation of the arts.
  • 4. Illuminate disciplinary foundations and formations of the arts in higher education.
  • 5. Provide models of arts leadership & professional development.

    NB: During 2014-2015, interdisciplinary VPA courses are offered as subsections of VPA 5300 Topics
    in the Visual and Performing Arts.
  • 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 participate in three required cohort courses, one philosophy course, and one option from philosophy or interdisciplinary topics:

    • VPA 5301 (VPA 5300 subsection): Colloquium, cohort course
    • VPA 5310 (VPA 5300 subsection): Arts Histories, cohort course
    • VPA 5314 VPA 5310 (VPA 5300 subsection): Arts in A Contemporary Context, cohort course
    • VPA 5300: Topics in the Visual and Performing Arts, option
    • PHILOSOPHY 5310: History of Aesthetics*
    • PHILOSOPHY 5314: Contemporary Aesthetics *

     

    Art
    Music
    Theatre
    Philosophy
     
    SHARED OUTCOMES -
    *Aesthetics represents a unique component of the doctoral program in Fine Arts. One course is required; the other may be used as an option to complete the core. The Department of Philosophy is administered within the College of Arts and Sciences.
    COHORT COURSE SUBSTITUTION
    A student may request, through the unit's Graduate Advisor or Coordinator to the CVPA Graduate Committee, exemption from the regular sequence of cohort courses. Firm academic justification must be provided; the course itself is still required.

    For more information, see:

    Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Philosophy
    Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, TX 79409-3092
    806-742-2270
    Department of Philosophy Website
    QUALIFYING EXAM PROCESS
    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.