Texas Tech University

Welcome to the

J.T. & Margaret Talkington

College of Visual & Performing Arts

Who We Are

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) is the beating heart of Texas Tech University. We are a creative community with the resources of a world-class public university. Our students from all over the world shine with Texas-sized ambition, curiosity, and compassion.

Our college cultivates confidence-building artistic journeys with an infinite number of destinations. We are theatrical sound designers, independent filmmakers, and modern dance teachers. We are gallery owners, experimental sculptors, and art historians. We are symphony conductors, opera singers, and Broadway performers. We are researchers exploring the intersection of the arts with multiple disciplines.

Our schools provide a supportive visual and performing arts education. New students join a community of 1,100 arts dedicated undergraduate and graduate students—including D.M.A. and Ph.D. candidates. 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.


Latest TCVPA News


Texas Tech offers one of the first university-level courses on the music of Taylor Swift

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TTU SOM Goin Band marching at Macy Day Parage

Children in the Lubbock community are learning piano on new instruments due to the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.

TTU School of Music performing at the Vatican

Lanfranco Marcelletti Jr. traveled from Texas Tech to the Vatican to conduct for a special audience member and for a special purpose

TTU SOM Goin Band marching at Macy Day Parage

During the week of Thanksgiving, the Goin' Band from Raiderland boarded a private chartered plane to New York City.

TTU student art

Incoming student Lauren Powell decided on Texas Tech after experiencing two years of art camp through the College of Visual & Performing Arts.




TCVPA Events

  • 1

    Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert

    7:30pm - 9:00pm @ *SUB Allen Theatre

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  • 2-4

    The Wolves

    A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

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  • 2-18

    Jerry Hunt: Transmissions from the Pleroma

    SOA Satellite Gallery at CASP, 6:00-9:00 PM

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  • 3

    Symphonic Band & Concert Band Concert

    7:30pm - 9:00pm @ *Buddy Holly Hall - Crickets Theater

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Madden Wilson

Since graduating from the School of Art I have gone on to work for a fantastic woman-owned marketing and creative agency in Austin.

Madden Wilson
BFA Graphic Design

Reno Ruiz

I loved being a student at Texas Tech because of 
the people. Throughout my time here, I've found 
support and care from both the faculty and my peers.

Reno Ruiz  
BA Music

Samantha Shavrick

The friendships, mentorships, and skills I have 
developed here in Lubbock will stay with me for a 
lifetime as I transition from the educational setting 
into the professional world.

Samantha Shavrick
BFA Musical Theatre

Alyssa Lebron

My time in the dance program really opened my 
eyes to what dance looks like worldwide, making 
relevant connections about the past, present and 
future of dance education

Alyssa Lebron  
BA Dance


College Exclusive Degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies

This interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree allows students to study multiple fields in the arts in equivalent depth, preparing them for new career opportunities that integrate several artistic disciplines.

Fine Arts Doctoral Program

An interdisciplinary doctoral program leading to the Ph.D. degree in fine arts is offered by the faculties in the TCVPA. This unique program emphasizes interdisciplinary among the arts and academic and artistic excellence. 



Podcasts for All Things Visual & Performing Arts and Texas Tech


Icon for TCVPA The Inside Kids podcast visual perfomring arts

Listen to the TCPVA Podcast The Inside Kids on Apple Podcast

Listen to the TCPVA Podcast The Inside Kids on Google Podcast

Listen to the TCPVA Podcast The Inside Kids on Spotify Podcast