Texas Tech University

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Fine Arts

Texas Tech University offers a unique interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. in Fine Arts. Students in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program first obtain a foundational core of knowledge from interdisciplinary courses including Colloquium, Arts Histories, Arts in Contemporary Contexts, and Topics; Philosophy constitutes a multidisciplinary addition. Students then specialize in a specific are of visual or performing arts.

The mission of the Fine Arts Doctoral Program is to offer a unique interdisciplinary education in Art, Music, Theatre, and Philosophy; provide a comprehensive approach to doctoral study of the arts and of aesthetic principles; and foster leadership in the arts for emerging and established institutions for the benefit of our cultural communities and society as a whole.

Students will engage a core program (five courses) that emphasizes interdisciplinarity among the arts. It comprises four required courses: a Colloquium that explores disciplinary formation and types of interdisciplinary engagement, an integrated Arts Histories course, Arts in Contemporary Contexts, and one of two courses in philosophical Aesthetics; additional Topics courses and offerings in philosophy complete a student's core program.


Within the Fine Arts doctoral program with a field of specialization in Art, students examine diverse discourses in the visual arts. The Art specialization considers the political, economic, and aesthetic matrices in which the arts are embedded.

  • Track in Art
    • Concentration in Critical Studies and Artistic Practice


A music student may pursue intensive work in one of several areas: Arts Administration, Music Education, Musicology, and Music Theory.

  • Track in Music
    • Concentration in Arts Administration
    • Concentration in Music Education
    • Concentration in Musicology
    • Concentration in Theory

Theatre & Dance

The doctoral program provides theatre students with a broad arts education that will prepare them for leadership roles in the fine arts, particularly in theatre organizations.

  • Track in Theatre
    • Concentration in Acting/Directing
    • Concentration in Arts Administration
    • Concentration in Design
    • Concentration in History/Theory/Criticism
    • Concentration in Playwriting