Texas Tech University

Interdisciplinary PhD in Fine Arts

The program requires 60 hours of coursework beyond the master's degree distributed as follows:

Course Type Credit Hours
Fine Arts Core Courses 15 hours
Theatre Arts Courses 33 hours
Dissertation (THA 8000) 12 hours
Total: 60 hours

Fine Arts Core Courses - 15 hours

Theatre Arts students take the following three courses (9 hours):

  • VPA 5301 Colloquium
  • VPA 5310 Arts Histories
  • VPA 5314 The Arts in a Contemporary Context

Choose two courses from the list below (6 hours):

  • VPA 5300 Topics in Visual and Performing Arts
  • PHIL 5310 History of Aesthetics
  • PHIL 5314 Contemporary Aesthetics

Theatre Arts Courses - 33 hours

The student must take a minimum of thirty-three hours in the School of Theatre and Dance, including three foundation courses: THA 5350 (Seminar in Theatre Research Methods), THA 5306 (Theatre History Survey), and THA 5351 (Mentoring Community Outreach in the Arts). The student must select two tracks and take a minimum of four courses (totaling 12 hours) in each track (totaling 24 track hours). Tracks are available in:

  • Acting/Directing 
  • Arts Administration
  • Design
  • History/Theory/Criticism
  • Playwriting

Alternately, the student may count 3 hours of THA 5307 or THA 5308 as one of their track courses in any area with approval from the area head.

The theatre curriculum is individualized to the needs and professional goals of each student. Each student's degree plan is developed following the administration of the Diagnostic (Preliminary) Examination and in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and the Chair of the student's Dissertation Committee.

Acting/Directing - 12 hours, to be selected from:
  • THA 5311 Advanced Directing
  • THA 5324 The Teaching of Acting
  • THA 5325 Period Styles in Acting
  • THA 5326 Seminar in Directing Methods
  • THA 5327 Special Problems in Directing
  • THA 5329 Advanced Scene Study
  • THA 5333 Studies in the Production of Pre-Modern Drama
  • THA 5334 Topics in Acting
  • THA 5343 Seminar in Voice and Movement
Arts Administration - 12 hours, to be selected from:
  • THA 5312 Theatre Management
  • THA 5316 Marketing Theatre Arts
  • THA 5317 Funding the Arts
  • THA 5318 Advocacy for the Arts
  • THA 5320 Theatre Planning
Design - 12 hours, to be selected from:
  • THA 5303 Theory and Practice of Scene Design
  • THA 5304 Theory and Practice of Stage Lighting
  • THA 5305 Theatre Costume Design
  • THA 5319 Theatre Sound Design
  • THA 5320 Theatre Planning
  • THA 5323 Theatrical Collaborations
  • THA 5335 Topics in Design/Technology
  • THA 5336 Graphics Presentations for the Theatre: Computer Drafting
  • THA 5337 Graphics Presentations for the Theatre: Computer Presentation
  • THA 5340 Period Styles of Design
History/Theory/Criticism - 12 hours, to be selected from:
  • THA 5300 Dramatic Analysis or
    • THA 5372 Dramaturgy or
    • THA 7000 Tennessee Williams Seminar
  • THA 5309 Seminar in Theatre History*
  • THA 5313 Dramatic Criticism
  • THA 5331 Studies in Contemporary Theatre*
  • THA 5341 Seminar in Dramatic Theory* 

(*Topics in these courses will change from term to term. They may be repeated for credit.)

Playwriting - 12 hours:
  • THA 5300 Dramatic Analysis
  • THA 5301 Playwriting I (basic methods; write a one-act)
  • THA 5302 Playwriting II (3:3:0) (writing the full-length play)
  • THA 5321 Playwriting III (3:3:0) (selected topics)

The following courses must be taken in the order listed: THA 5300, THA 5301, THA 5302, THA 5321. Students entering mid-year (January) or in the summer will begin the playwriting sequence in the fall.

May substitute THA 5307 or 5308 if play produced during Performance Lab.

Contact

School of Theatre and Dance