J.T. & Margaret Talkington
College of Visual & Performing Arts
School of Art
From Here, It's Possible
The School of Art (SOA) at Texas Tech University is a diverse community that shares a common belief in hands-on learning, experimentation, and an always-evolving approach to education in the visual arts. The School of Art offers pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate programs rooted at the intersection of academic rigor and creative innovations that prepare our students for successful careers in their chosen fields.
Fostering Future Success
School of Art alumni have demonstrated success in careers that span nearly every industry nationwide. The variety of education offered in the visual arts has proven to empower professional careers that can adapt to our quickly evolving world. For example, alumni have served as award-winning Art Directors at Texas Monthly magazine, creative professionals at companies ranging from Nike to The New York Times, distinguished educators and administrators, thriving entrepreneurs, and creative social leaders.
From Lubbock To The World
The School of Art faculty & staff are nationally and internationally recognized for their creative research, studio art practice, and community leadership. Our faculty present artworks in national and international exhibitions and their scholarly research at national and international conferences. Their artworks and scholarship are published in major journals, books, and by international museums. While achieving important recognition, the School of Art faculty is committed to offering our students a small-school feel within the larger resources afforded by our Tier-One Carnegie Research University classification. School of Art has maintained a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which fosters program cohorts that allow faculty and staff to provide individual mentorship and guidance for students seeking their expertise.
Latest school of art News
Texas Tech alumnus Rob Wilson has made the journey from Ralls to New York City, enjoying immense success as an illustrator every step of the way
Dirk Fowler and Lynwood Kreneck have been named to the West Texas Walk of Fame.
Art Students Exhibit the Outcomes of their Summer Internships with the Ogallala Commons at Garden & Arts Center
Incoming student Lauren Powell decided on Texas Tech after experiencing two years of art camp through the College of Visual & Performing Arts
Preparing Thriving Creatives
In a recent 2021 Ranking by Best Value Schools, SOA was ranked #1 in Texas for value of degree received as compared to cost. A Washington Post article cited Google's surprise to discover that art and humanities students turn out to be better employees than IT-trained workers. A Guardian article offers insights into how art students can launch their careers by applying their skills while they are still in school. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified numerous areas that young creatives can go into, and shows that many of those jobs pay quite well.