Texas Tech University

When legislation was introduced in 1923, several legislators began to question if a branch of Texas A&M was the best answer for public higher education in the West Texas region. On January 25, 1923, a bill creating Texas Technological College was introduced by Senator W. H. Bledsoe, Representatives Lewis Carpenter, and Richard Chitwood. Texas Technological College became a reality when Governor Pat M. Neff signed the bill on February 10, 1923.

A site committee was sent out to look for a home for this new college. The site committee visited West Texas towns looking for the right setting for the Texas Technological College campus to be placed. The Lubbock community made sure they gave the committee a warm reception. People lined the streets as the committee's car drove by. The committee was so impressed by Lubbock that the city was chosen on the first ballot as the home for Texas Tech. When Lubbock found out about receiving this honor they planned a huge party. The celebration that was held August 28th hosted 30,000 guests, even though the population of Lubbock was only a few thousand at the time. In 1925 classes opened... [ Read All ]


United States

Texas Tech University
TX 79409-2081
Website: www.ttu.edu

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The mission of the School of Art is to provide a stimulating and challenging environment in which students develop creative and scholarly potential, to support faculty members in the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research, to serve public and professional constituencies and to promote intercultural understandings through art.

The School of Art is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. NASAD is the only national professional accrediting agency covering the whole field of art and design recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

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Information For  Undergraduates

The Texas Tech University BFA studio degree program focuses on the development of a student's personal artistic expression and the development of her/his technical skills in traditional and experimental art techniques. In addition, students who have chosen to involve themselves in the pursuit of a BFA degree will gain an understanding and appreciation of their artistic heritage and develop their awareness of the work of contemporary visual artists. The Texas Tech University general degree requirements ensure that the art student is also instructed in a well-rounded program of academic study. The school of art is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. NASAD is the only national professional accrediting agency covering the whole field of art and design recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

The BFA degree in studio art requires 82 semester hours of art and art history and 46 semester hours outside the school of art. Upon completion of the freshman foundation courses students select an area of emphasis from ceramics, drawing, jewelr...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

Texas Tech University’s Fine Arts Doctoral major in Art, “Critical Studies and Artistic Practice,” examines diverse discourses in the visual arts, exploring their trans-disciplinary margins as well as their disciplinary strengths. It considers the political, economic, and aesthetic matrices in which the arts are embedded. It provides knowledge, intellectual strategies, and critical skills that facilitate scholarly achievement at the highest level, innovative contributions to knowledge, and a variety of professional activities in the arts.

Our students undertake research topics that require coursework and independent study in a variety of disciplines. Recent examples include a student who maps out educational, sociological, artistic, and administrative issues involved in creating a women’s art forum and workshop on a Native American reservation. This student’s background incorporates a BFA in Studio Art and Master’s in Education; doctoral coursework comprises Art Education and Critical Studies as well as courses in Native American arts, history, language, and anthropology. Another student, with a BA in Art History and...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students


Non U.S. Citizens are encouraged to apply a year in advance and meet stated admissions requirements. The application should be submitted as early as possible and no later than April 30 for Fall applicants and October 1 for Spring applicants  



For many years it has been shown that living on campus contributes to the academic success of students. This can be related to a number of reasons including the close proximity to classes, the availability of learning communities and special interest floors that focus on group learning, and the sense of belonging that comes from involvement in college life.

There are a variety of theme floors and halls in which a resident can live. Theme floors and halls offer residents an opportunity to live with others who have similar lifestyles and to participate in specialized programs and activities.

Students with less than 30 hours of academic credit (excluding dual credit and credit by examination) prior to the first semester of enrollment are required to live in university housing, unless exempted by the Department of Housing and Residence Life.  

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Visit us (open days)

Campus tours are given Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The walking tour is about one hour in length, and afterward, students have the opportunity to meet with a representative from an academic department to learn about the major or program of their choice. You may also choose to attend an admissions presentation or speak with a financial aid advisor.

On Saturday, tours are given at 10:00 a.m. However, no academic or admissions appointments are available.

Regular tour schedules may be altered due to holidays or certain university activities. Please make a reservation in advance online or by calling the Visitors Center to ensure an enjoyable and informative campus visit. The Visitors Center staff prefers that you make your reservation early enough for a confirmation letter and map to reach you by U.S. Mail.