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 Chicano 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-obsessed undergraduate and graduate students—including DMA and PhD 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.
University Covid Information
Up-to-date COVID information for students, faculty, staff, testing locations, vaccine locations and more.
Symphonic Band Concert - 7:30pm
The symphonic band's first performance of the semester.View Details
Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert - 7:30pm
An evening for music by the TTU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.View Details
In a Word - 7:30pm Thu-Sat; 2pm Sun
Fiona combs through her memories of a tragic day, grasping at clues and uncovering new meaning in shifting words.View Details
Alayna N. Pernell: Our Mothers' Gardens Artist Talk - 12pm
Pernell's photo series brings to light the loss of identity throughout black history. Photos on view Sept. 29-Oct. 31.View Details
COVID-19 Testing Protocols for Performance, Production, and Ensemble
Get the latest information for all of our performers for the Fall semester. Catch up on all our COVID 19 testing protocols and get FAQs!Read More
In Recognition of Service
Congratulations to Richard Meek for 55 years of dedicated service to students at Texas Tech. As a professor of bassoon and music theory since 1965, Meek said the best part about working at the university has been the people, students, faculty and staff he calls family.Read More
There is a reason why we do what we do. With lighting, I always like to amp up environments. Usually for me it's in color. I love saturation, and I love emotion.
As a composition major, taking composition lessons has been integral in how I write my music and develop ideas for music.
I've done a lot of things in different programs I never thought I'd be doing. The people I have met along the way will help me throughout my life.
We're proving that no matter what we're going through, we can still do what we love.
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.
Academic programs in the TCVPA are accredited by the following:
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Association of Schools of Theatre
- National Association of Schools of Dance
Additionally, the TCVPA participates in the accreditation process for the university and its teacher education programs: