Texas Tech University

J.T. & Margaret Talkington

College of Visual & Performing Arts

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In a recent (January 2021) ranking by Best Value Schools, arts programs in Texas Tech's J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (School of Art, School of Music, and School of Theatre & Dance) ranked #1 in Texas for value of degree received as compared to cost.

Whereas the average tuition per semester for the colleges and universities on their list is about $4,889, at Texas Tech a degree in the arts can be as low as $2,832 per semester, for in-state tuition. The survey asserts that creative art professionals can find work in virtually all fields across the state.

In fact, researchers are finding that art students have skills that are unique and adaptable to many different industries. At Texas Tech you will learn technical and conceptual skills in a state-of-the-art facility that can lead to a wide variety of careers.

A recent 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. 


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