The Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University offers two graduate-level programs associated with arts administration. The MFA in Theatre Arts with a track in Arts Administration engages students with a multi-disciplinary arts administration core curriculum, besides hands-on arts management experience through on-campus opportunities and internships. The Fine Arts Doctoral Program offers an Arts Administration concentration with the opportunity to engage with the arts administration core curriculum and develop doctoral research within the domain area.
The Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration trains leaders and advocates in the field of theatre management/arts administration and includes a blend of theory and practice. We are unique, however, in that we encourage students to cross boundaries and engage in activities such as acting, stage-managing, directing, or dramaturgy.
WHAT SETS US APART
Students participate in the marketing and promotion of the School's productions. Box office management, front-of-house supervision, producing the new works festival, and membership in the School's marketing team are just some examples of the hands-on experiences available to arts administration students. Additionally, the program facilitates on-the-job training within the arts administration sector through internships associated with core sub-domains of the field including arts management, fundraising, and marketing.
Required Courses - 51 hours
THA 5307 Performance Lab I
THA 5308 Performance Lab II
THA 5312 Theatre Management
THA 5316 Marketing the Arts
THA 5317 Funding the Arts
THA 5318 Advocacy for the Arts
THA 5320 Theatre Planning
THA 5323 Theatrical Collaborations
THA 5350 Seminar in Theatre Research Methods
THA 5351 Mentoring Community Outreach in the Arts
THA 5335 Arts Administration Graphics or THA 5311 Advanced Directing
THA 6001 Internship (Management) (3 hours)
THA 6001 Internship (Marketing) (3 hours)
THA 6001 Internship (Funding) (3 hours)VPA 5300 The Arts in Prague can substitute for 3 hours of internship credit
THA 6001 Internship (6 hours)
THA 7000 Research (Thesis Project) (3 hours)
Electives - 9 hours
Other courses outside of Theatre Arts may be taken as approved by the Head of Arts Administration.
Apply through the Texas Tech Graduate School Application Portal https://ttugradschool.my.site.com/admissions/ApplicationLogin by March 1st, 2024. Provide transcripts from all previous college-level study; Provide all required supplemental items: 3 letters of recommendation, CV/Resume, payment of required application fee, and a scholarly writing sample; Statement of Purpose focusing on academic, artistic, and/or professional interests and goals specific to the program of study you wish to pursue and with a brief description of the aspects of your background relevant to your interest.
Sample of Artistic Work (Optional): Material(s) or further information related to projects you have created or developed in an administrative role.
Upon review of application, applicant may be asked to attend a live interview with faculty.