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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.

College Highlights



Latest TCVPA News


Great Start to the New Year!

J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts School of Theatre & Dance are kicking off the year with a great start!

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Theatre students on stage receiving award

Texas Tech Hosts 64th Annual Carol of Lights® and Centennial Kickoff

Theatre students on stage receiving award

Texas Tech School of Music Singers and four faculty take part in the annual NATS Region Conference

Dr Camacho playing piano

Martin Camacho's mission of opportunity reaches beyond the four weeks of Hispanic Heritage Month

2 guys playing guitar with drummer

Electric Guitar in American Culture Conference & Lubbock Guitarslingers Concert




TCVPA Events

  • Jan 3-
    Feb 12

    Below the Sight Line:

    Drawing Playa Lakes @ School of Art Folio Gallery

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  • 22

    Faculty Collaborations Chamber Music Concert

    4:00pm - 5:30pm @ *101 [Hemmle Recital Hall]

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  • 23

    Connie Frigo and Angela Reis-Jones Guest Artist Saxophone and Flute Recital (Dees)

    8:00pm - 9:30pm @ *Kent R. Hance Chapel

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  • 7-12

    The Secretaries

    With a murderously dark sense of humor, this satirical comedy takes an unflinching look at the warping cultural expectations of femininity.







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.

Noah Alonzo  
MM Composition

Ian Olsen

I'm a production coordinator for a company called VIVA Creative. They work with high profile companies and recently sent me to Singapore to work for a company that rhymes with Gloomberg.

Ian Olsen
MFA Design

Laureen Karichu

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

Laureen Karichu  
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. 



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