Texas Tech University

Fine Arts Doctoral Program (PhD)

The Fine Arts Doctoral Program takes applications year-round, but take into consideration the following dates:

  • January 15th for Fall semester entry, with full financial consideration.
  • October 15th for Spring semester entry, with available/limited financial consideration.

About the Program:

Texas Tech University's Fine Arts Doctoral Program is a unique interdisciplinary degree administered through the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts. The Art specialization, with its concentration in Critical Studies and Artistic Practice, recognizes that the arts in the 21st century involves questions, problems, and topics that are too broad or complex to be addressed adequately by a single discipline. Our program seeks to deal with this complexity by drawing on multiple disciplines in an effort to integrate their insights and develop more comprehensive understandings within the arts. To that end, TTU's program is not a doctorate in studio, art education, or art history alone. Instead, students create an individualized combination of coursework within and beyond the arts as relevant to their dissertation projects.

The degree requires a minimum of 60 hours of coursework. This includes 12 hours of dissertation research and writing. All students must take a 15-hour Fine Arts Core that provides an introduction to interdisciplinary research methods, as well as a consideration of critical issues that confront Visual Art, Music, and Theater. Beyond these required courses, focused coursework is available in art history, art education, arts administration, popular culture, arts and technology, philosophical aesthetics, media and new media. Students may also take advantage of the broad range of offerings available in Texas Tech's other graduate programs, such as Anthropology, Literature, Museum Studies, Architecture, and Psychological Sciences, as they work toward integrating insights from various disciplines in the creation of interdisciplinary dissertation projects. The curriculum is designed to accommodate students' interdisciplinary interests and to prepare them to engage critically and imaginatively with a complex and changing world. For examples of interdisciplinary dissertation projects, see Graduates of the Fine Arts Doctoral Program.

The School of Art FADP doctoral faculty is composed of one faculty member in interdisciplinary arts, six art historians, and two art educators, all of whom have crossed disciplinary boundaries in research and creative activities.

Entrance Qualifications

For acceptance into the doctoral program, the applicant must have completed a master's degree, or its equivalent, with emphasis in some area of the visual arts. Every effort is made to select candidates who show strong scholarship and professional competence.  Applicants who have not taken at least 15 hours of art history, art criticism, art education, arts administration, aesthetics, and/or visual culture courses at the college level may be required to meet the 15-hour minimum in the form of leveling courses taken here at TTU, which will not count toward the 60-hour minimum in the doctoral degree plan.

How to apply

Interested candidates applying for admission to the Fine Arts Doctoral Program for Fall 2020 can do so through the Texas Tech University Graduate School portal.

A complete application - via the Graduate School application portal - will include the following:

• Official transcripts of all previous college-level study
• Official G.R.E. score report
• 3 letters of recommendation
• Current resumé or curriculum vitae
• A scholarly writing sample (10-30 pages of academic writing)
• Art portfolio (optional)
• Statement of intent
• For international students: passport and additional documents that prove your eligibility to study in the United States
• Registration fee

Please contact Dr. Kevin Chua at kevin.chua@ttu.edu for all questions regarding your application.


Fine Arts Doctoral Program Coordinator
Kevin Chua, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor

Art History
Kevin Chua, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Janis Elliott, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Jorgelina Orfila, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Brian Steele, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Lesley Wolff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Art Appreciation
Maia Toteva, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Interdisciplinary Arts
Heather Warren-Crow, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Art Education
Rina Little, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Andrés Peralta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor