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 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.


School of Art

School of Music

School of Theatre & Dance


TCVPA Events

  • NOW

    High School Art Show

    Virtual All Texas High School Art Show 2021

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  • 3-15

    Devin Ratheal: Throwness

    Ratheal presents a group of recent paintings (traditional and digital) for his MFA Thesis Exhibition.

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  • 14-15

    TCVPA Commencement - Fri/Sat 5pm

    Jones AT&T Stadium

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  • 23

    Opera Workshop May 23-Jun 5

    All workshop participants will be assigned a role to study.

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2021 RCAA Winners
Leslie Ortiz Headshot Visual & Performing Arts Alumni




Justin Lynch

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.

Jason Lynch
BFA Theatre Design

Noah Alonzo

As a composition major, taking composition lessons has been integral in how I write my music and develop ideas for music.

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MM Composition

Ricki Castanieto

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.

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BA Art History

Laureen Karichu

We're proving that no matter what we're going through, we can still do what we love.

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BFA Acting

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:

Additionally, the TCVPA participates in the accreditation process for the university and its teacher education programs:



Podcasts for All Things Visual & Performing Arts and Texas Tech


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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