Texas Tech University

Who We Are

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts is the beating heart of Texas Tech University. We're a close-knit creative community with all the advantages and resources of a world-class public university—and we bleed Raider Red! Our students from all over the world shine with Texas-sized ambition, curiosity, and compassion.

Talkington provides a supportive and ambitious arts education. New students join a community of 1,100 arts-obsessed undergraduate and graduate students—including DMA and PhD candidates—spread across three different schools:

Talkington is a confidence-building, mind-expanding artistic journey with an infinite number of destinations. Talkington grads are theatrical sound designers, independent filmmakers, and modern dance teachers. They're gallery owners, experimental sculptors, and Chicano art historians. They're symphony conductors, opera singers, and Broadway performers. Most importantly, our alumni lead rewarding lives marked by unceasing creativity, hard work, and honest expression—habits that they learned right here at Talkington.

What We Are About

The arts are relevant, critical, and essential to contemporary life. An education in the arts inspires students to communicate through artistic tradition while embracing and creating innovative technologies as vehicles for individual expression and social change.

A key aspect of the arts at Texas Tech is research. Talkington's National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) research labs explore interdisciplinary and translational research across four unique projects, each treating specific health concerns. Arts performance and exhibition research inform our teaching, scholarship, and creative activity.

We take pride in the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni.


Academic programs in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts are accredited by the following:

Additionally, the J.T & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts participates in the accreditation process for the university and its teacher education programs: