Texas Tech University

TTU theatre students performing man & woman in period costumes

School of Theatre & Dance
Ph.D. in Fine Arts
Theatre Arts Track

Ph.D. in Fine Arts Theatre Arts Track

The School of Theatre & Dance participates with the faculties in art, music, and philosophy in an interdisciplinary program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Fine Arts. Students engage a core curriculum of 15 hours that emphasizes interdisciplinarity among the arts. Work within the disciplinary track of theatre involves required coursework along with an individualized curriculum that allows the candidate to pursue a professional goal relating to personal interests and competencies. The program requires 60 hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, distributed among Fine Arts core courses, Theatre Arts courses, and dissertation hours.

Doctoral students whose disciplinary track is Theatre Arts can choose two of the following concentrations: acting/directing, arts administration, design, history/theory/criticism, playwriting. Work toward the degree is both scholarly and practical, includes a rigorous comprehensive examination, and culminates in a dissertation that allows a choice of several avenues of research created through traditional research, professional problems, or an internship.

What Sets Us Apart

The Ph.D. in Fine Arts Theatre Arts Track degree provides A unique program that encourages the integration of arts practice into traditional scholarly training.

Two Concentrations

Two concentrations provide integration of scholarship and praxis

Interdisciplinary Approach

Interdisciplinary approach ensures in-depth exploration across the arts

Program Highlights

Special programs encourage students to expand their education beyond the classroom and develop a national profile.


Facilities & Technology

Creative Movement Studio


Theatre & Dance Complex

Part of Phase I renovation of the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre


The CH Foundation/The Legacy of Christine DeVitt Black Box Theatre



Apply Now

Apply through the Texas Tech Graduate School Application Portal

  • Provide transcripts from all previous college-level study
  • Provide all required supplemental items:3 letters of recommendation, preferably from sources in theatre or dance
    • CV/Resume
    • Official GRE score report
    • Payment of required application fee
    • Scholarly writing sample: 10-30 pages of your best research or academic writing
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Elaborate on your academic, artistic, and/or professional interests and goals specific to the program of study you wish to pursue
    • Briefly describe the aspects of your background relevant to your interest. This could include your undergraduate studies, previous graduate study, and/or professional work.
    • The Fine Arts Doctoral Program offers a unique interdisciplinary education in Art, Music, Theatre, and Philosophy; and provides a comprehensive approach to doctoral study of the arts. Describe your interest in the interdisciplinary core curriculum of our doctoral program. 
  • For deadlines and more information, please see our Theatre & Dance Graduate Admissions Page 

Tuition Estimator


  1. Submit 10-30 pages of your best research or academic writing
  2. Official GRE score report
  3. 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from sources in theatre or dance
  4. Payment of required application fee
  5. Applicants are also required to complete an interview with the graduate faculty, either in person or via video conference. To schedule an interview, please email Ali Duffy, Graduate Dance Advisor (ali.duffy@ttu.edu).



Online Catalog Information

Alumni Success & Careers

Career Possibilities

Our graduates transition into teaching and industry positions. 

Abbie Bugh


Contact your Advisor

With questions concerning graduate admissions and portfolio reviews.

Abigail Wright
Graduate Admissions Coordinator