Apr 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Art


Professor Dane Webster, M.F.A., Director

Professors: Germany, Glover, Granados, Martin, Webster, Yoo
Associate Professors: W. Cannings, Chua, Elliott, Flueckiger, Fowler, Fremaux, Gong, Little, Orfila, Ortega, Peralta, Slagle, Tedeschi, Venhuizen, Warren-Crow
Assistant Professors: Arnall, Hegert, Neel, Rusenova-Ina, Toteva, Wolff
Lecturer: Peaslee, Wheeler
Visiting Assistant Professor: Hodges

CONTACT INFORMATION: 101 Art Building | Box 42081 | Lubbock, TX 79409-2081 | T 806.742.3826 | F 806.742.1971 | www.art.ttu.edu

About the School

This school supervises the following degree and certificate programs:

The school’s degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Bachelor of Interior Design and Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Manufacturing degree programs in the College of Human Sciences are also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Undergraduate Program

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

Degree programs engage students in art through an examination of contemporary, historical, and cross-cultural issues, ideas, and actions in relation to multiple, diverse, and global visual cultures. The School of Art emphasizes exhibition opportunities, contemporary technologies, critical discourse, and interdisciplinary opportunities. The school offers students the opportunity to minor in art history, studio art fine art photography or transmedia. Non-majors who desire experience in the visual arts as part of their liberal education will find a varied selection of course offerings.

Undergraduate Admission. Undergraduate admission to the School of Art (SOA) is a two-step process, with review at institutional (TTU) and unit (SOA) levels. The institutional admission is based on academic performance as outlined in the Undergraduate Admissions  section of this catalog. At the unit level, the School of Art requires a portfolio application for Art Foundations, the first-year program that prepares students for all undergraduate programs (B.F.A. in Art Education, B.F.A. in Graphic Design, B.F.A. in Studio Art, B.A. in Studio Art, B.A. in Art History). Undergraduate admissions procedures for the SOA are listed at www.depts.ttu.edu/ART/SOA/nav/undergrad/incoming/incoming.php.

Transfer Students. The first- and second-year art curriculum is consistent with the art curriculum for higher education approved by the Coordinating Board. The School of Art at Texas Tech therefore respects the standard art core curriculum with regard to transfer credit. In some cases, a portfolio of previous work in art and a transcript of completed courses may be necessary for the purposes of advising and placement in the degree program.

Transfer Credit for Core Curriculum Courses. Some degree programs and/or minors include specific core curriculum courses as graduation requirements or prerequisites for other courses. Students who transfer in (or have previously completed via credit by exam) core curriculum courses that differ from those included in the degree program could be required to complete additional core curriculum courses as degree requirements.

Art Foundations. The Arts Foundations is the studio and art history prerequisite courses that enable students to experiment with media, technique, and concepts to prepare them for the B.F.A. and B.A. area of concentration. All students seeking a degree in art are required to take 22 hours of Art Foundations courses in the areas of studio art and art history. These courses consist of the following: ART 1100 ART 1303 ART 2304 ART 1302  , ART 2303 , ARTH 1301 ARTH 2302  and ARTH 3303 .

Advanced Placement. Students entering art programs may be considered for advanced placement in the Art Foundations program through the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or the School of Art Foundations Portfolio Review. Art students who score a 4 or 5 on the College Board Exams in drawing portfolio, two-dimensional design portfolio, or three-dimensional design portfolio will receive credit for Drawing I, and/or 2D Design, and/or 3D Design (ART 1302 ART 1303 ART 2303 ). Students who are awarded advanced placement through the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) may earn 6 hours of college credit. Entering art students who receive a 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Program in art history will be exempt from taking ARTH 1301  and ARTH 2302 .

Individualized Programs. Through a unified foundations program, the School of Art prepares students to develop increasingly specialized and diverse courses of study. No grade below C is accepted for transfer credit in fields of concentration, minors, or emphases. Most upper-level art courses are repeatable for credit with a change of topics and allow for individualized instruction.

Semester Credit Hour and Contact Hour Equivalents. For most purposes a traditionally offered face-to-face course will have a minimum of 15 contact hours for each semester credit hour. Thus, a 1-credit-hour course should meet for at least 15 hours over a long semester and a 3-credit-hour course should meet for 45 hours over the semester. Courses taught during a summer session are expected to have the same number of contact hours as if they were taught during a long semester. It is permitted to offer a course in a shortened schedule, online, or in other non-traditional formats that do not meet the contact hour requirement if the course has been reviewed by a college faculty committee and the Office of the Provost and approved as having the same learning outcomes as a comparable course delivered traditionally.

In-residence students and any students in their semester of graduation must be enrolled in a minimum of one credit-bearing semester hour. Registration in remedial and other zero-credit hour coursework must be accompanied by one credit-bearing course. Should a student drop to zero credit hours, the student will be withdrawn from the institution.

Pursuant to the Texas Tech University Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, the Texas Administrative Code, and norms stated in the NASAD Handbook, the credit and time expectations for School of Art courses are as follows:

  • For studio- or project-based courses, a standard of 30 in-class contact hours per credit hour per term is employed. Further, noncontact hour time expectations for out-of-class student activity typically range from 15 to 30 hours per credit hour per term.
  • For traditionally delivered 3-credit-hour lecture- or seminar-based courses during a regular semester, students should expect to be in class for 3 hours per week and work outside of class a minimum of 6 hours per week. For 3-credit-hour studio- or project-based courses, students should expect to be in class for 6 hours per week and work outside of class between 3 and 6 hours per week.

Studio Art Centers International (SACI). Texas Tech University’s association with SACI offers students the opportunity to study studio art, art history, and the Italian language in the heart of Florence, Italy. Year-long or summer study opportunities take full advantage of the rich past of Florence, its artistic resources, cultural offerings, and SACI’s premier art facility and faculty. SACI is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

School Residency Requirements. Students working toward a B.F.A. degree in art education, graphic design, or studio art must complete a minimum of 30 hours of art in residence, 24 of which must be upper-division courses. Students working toward a B.A. in Art with a field of concentration in art history or studio art must complete at least 24 hours of upper-division courses in their field of concentration in residence. At least 9 hours of upper-division courses must be taken in residence for the minor.

Distance Learning Courses. Field of concentration or minor courses may not be taken by distance learning.

Laptop Requirement. As students begin their major coursework in the photography, graphic design, and art education programs, they will be required to have a laptop computer that meets specific criteria. For current information consult the School of Art website, www.art.ttu.edu.

Art, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts will provide School of Art students with a degree in art, offering comprehensive study in a 120-hour program with concentrations in Art History and Studio Art that can be completed in four years and will include the requisite percentage of studio art, art history, and general studies classes. The Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Art History will provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the visual arts and architecture in a historical and global context. The program includes a variety of upper-level Art History courses that offer access to art objects, guest lectures, study abroad, as well as pre-professional experiences such as curatorial internships. This degree prepares students for careers in fields such as curatorship, museum studies, art publishing, art law, and arts advocacy, as well as for graduate study in Art History. Increasingly, major tech and media employers are seeking the research, writing, critical thinking and observational skills acquired by Art History graduates.

The Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Studio Art will provide School of Art students with a liberal arts degree in art, offering a broader emphasis of visual arts and related studies than is currently provided through the Bachelor of Fine Arts. The degree will provide students an opportunity to participate in a more individualized degree through the choice of elective courses for a minor from outside the major area discipline that is consistent with the university philosophy and policies for a liberal arts degree.

Art, B.F.A.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art will provide School of Art students with a professional degree in art, offering comprehensive study in a 123-hour program with concentrations in art education, graphic design, or studio art. These degrees can be completed in four years and will provide students an opportunity to have an intensive and in-depth experience through visual concepts and practice.

Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the School of Art, visit the Graduate Programs  section of the catalog.

Undergraduate Program Offerings, Course Descriptions & Curricular Tables

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    Bachelor’sUndergraduate Minor


      ART - Art (Undergraduate Courses)ARTE - Art Education (Undergraduate Courses)ARTH - Art History (Undergraduate Courses)