Texas Tech University

New Art Student Application


Application Process

Applying to the School of Art is a two-step process.


  1. Apply to Texas Tech University through the TTU Admissions website.
  2. Once admitted to TTU, you are automatically accepted to the School of Art.

STEP 2: Scholarship Application

  1. Complete your School of Art scholarship application and upload portfolio/writing sample on RaiderConnect. Create your account, then select APPLICATIONS and choose the Talkington Visual & Performing Arts Application at the bottom of the page. 
  2. This is only required for School of Art scholarship consideration.

Scholarship Submission Items


  1. Students applying to Art Education, Graphic Design, or a Studio Art area should include a portfolio of 5-10 art pieces for their portfolio. These can be of any medium you choose and should reflect your best work.
    1. Upload your Portofolio on RaiderConnect
  2. Prospective students who submit an application and the required portfolio by February 1, 2023 will automatically be considered for a scholarship.

Writing Sample (Art History Majors Only)

  1. Art History students will submit a 3-8 page (750-2000 word) essay. This can be a paper from an Art History, History, or English course. 
    1. Upload your Essay on RaiderConnect

Statement of Intent (All Majors)

  1. short essay explaining your interest in art or your desired career goals in art (required for all art-interested students)
    1. Upload your Statement of Intent on RaiderConnect


  1. Please email talk@ttu.edufor any additional information or questions you may have 

Open House & Tours

Our house is always open. We provide both comprehensive and individualized on-demand tours of our various programs.  High school and middle school teachers should contact us directly, so we can setup a time and experience to meet your needs and interests.  Individual perspective students and parents can reach out to us for a one-on-one tour.

Why choose the Texas Tech School of Art?

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. 

Advanced Placement

Art students who score a 4 or 5 on the College Board Exams in drawing portfolio, two-dimensional design portfolio, or three-dimensional design portfolio will receive credit for Drawing I, and/or 2D Design, and/or 3D Design II (ART 1302, 1303, 2303).

Students who are awarded advanced placement through the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) may earn 6 hours of college credit. Entering art students who receive a 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Program in art history will be exempt from taking ARTH 1301 or 2302.

For more information, contact: Associate Professor Carol Flueckiger, Art Foundations Coordinator, at c.flueckiger@ttu.edu.