Introduction Degrees Offered
Requirements for Graduation
Arts Administration Minor
Student Organizations


Since the founding of TCU more than a century ago, Fine Arts studies have been a vital and integral part of the University's educational program. Today, some 550 students concentrate their studies within the three departments and one school that comprise The College of Fine Arts. Degree programs are available in Art and Art History, Ballet and Modern Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts. The academic programs of the college exact an appropriate balance between professional training and liberal arts studies. Personal counseling and relatively small classes allow the faculty to give attention to the work of each student.

Our faculty are dedicated teachers who combine strong academic training with years of professional experience in their disciplines. They pride themselves on their ability to convey to their students the knowledge necessary for successful lives and careers in the 21st century. We also have visiting faculty, guest artists, and performers who interact with students throughout the year enriching their learning experiences.

Resources available to students include numerous computer labs, lighting and sound systems, specialized libraries and equipment, galleries, art and dance studios, theaters, and performance halls. Our new Walsh Center for the Performing Arts was opened in 1999. Importantly, our programs enjoy close working relationships with the Kimbell Art Museum, The Fort Worth Symphony, Casa Maņana Theatre and the other visual and performing institutions in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Organization and Program

The College of Fine Arts is organized into three departments and one school offering 24 major fields of concentration. The departments provide professional training in vocational fields for students planning careers and serious avocational training and for those who wish to attain artistic ability without professional intent.


School of Music

Piano, Organ, Voice, Band and Orchestral Instruments
Piano Pedagogy
Theory and Composition
Music Education
Church Music


Department of Art and Art History

Drawing, Design and Painting
Graphic Design
Art Education
Art History

Department of Ballet and Modern Dance

Ballet/Pointe & Modern Dance techniques
Teaching methods
Dance history
Dance lighting

Department of Theatre

Musical Theatre
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Make-up and Hair
Costume Construction

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in graphic design, studio art, or art education; ballet or modern dance; theatre.

Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art history, music, or theatre.

Foreign Language Requirement:

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to the completion of one of the following:

FREN 20063 Fourth Semester College French

GERM 20063 Intermediate German

GREE 20063 Fourth Semester College Greek (Hellenistic)

ITAL 20063 Fourth Semester College Italian

JAPN 20063 Fourth Semester College Japanese

SPAN 20203 Intermediate Spanish

This requirement may be satisfied by either satisfactory completion of coursework taken at or transferred to TCU or by presenting satisfactory scores on recognized standardized tests (i.e., AP, CLEP or SAT II). Required scores on standardized tests may be found in the Credit by Exam booklet available from the Office of Admissions. For languages not currently taught at TCU, six semester hours at the sophomore-level, transferred to TCU from another accredited institution, may be used to satisfy this requirement. Students may also provide evidence of competency in the non-English language by successfully completing one academic year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 hours of credit.

Bachelor of Music degree with a major in performance, piano pedagogy, theory/composition, or church music.

Bachelor of Music Education degree

3/2 B.A., B.S./MBA Program in Business

The College of Fine Arts and M.J. Neeley School of Business offer a combined degree in Art History, Music, or Theatre and a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA). The Three-Two Program, as it is called, takes five years to complete.

Students interested in the program spend the first three years in the College of Fine Arts completing the University Curriculum Requirements (including MATH 10283 and ECON 20103 and 20113) and meeting the requirements of their major field. During the third year of study, application is made to the MBA program. To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed, or anticipate completing by the end of the third year, a minimum of 100 hours in non-business courses and finished all major requirements and core requirements. Applicants must submit the usual application materials, including scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and must present above-average academic records.

If admitted, a student enters the MBA phase of the Three-Two program in the fourth year of study at TCU. The first year of the MBA, comprising 24 hours of course work, meets the minor requirements of the undergraduate degree. After successful completion of the first year of the MBA program, the student may petition the Dean of the College of Fine Arts to be awarded the undergraduate degree.

Multiple Majors

The following applies to all students majoring in the College of Fine Arts. Students who wish to pursue an additional major in the college must satisfy all degree requirements of the additional major, including courses specified in the TCU Core Curriculum as particular to that degree and major.

Students who wish to pursue an additional degree in another college, if additional majors are permitted in that college, must complete all degree requirements for each major, including courses specified in the TCU Core Curriculum as particular to each degree and major.

Students outside the College of Fine Arts whose home college permits an additional major in the College of Fine Arts must complete all degree requirements for the additional major, including courses specified in the TCU Core Curriculum for that particular degree and major.

Special Programs.
The Performance Certificate and the Artist Diploma are available for pianists with exceptional performance ability. See School of Music section for details.

Arts Administration Minor
The Arts Administration Minor is offered through the College of Fine Arts. For requirements, see the School of Music and individual departments in the College of Fine Arts.

Requirements for Graduation

Students must request a degree plan from the Office of the Dean when they have completed 54 semester hours (usually at the end of the sophomore or the beginning of the junior year). The "Intent to Graduate" form, available from the Office of the Dean, must be completed no later than a semester preceding expected graduation.

Approval of the department chairman is required for all nontraditional courses, i.e., special problems, independent study, research problems, etc.

Beyond the studies specified for each major, the bachelor's degree is built on the Texas Christian University Core Curriculum that applies to all University graduates.

Transfer Credit. Students wishing to take courses at another institution, following their admission to Texas Christian University, must secure approval through the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts before enrolling in them. Additionally, once admitted to TCU, students may only take 12 hours of coursework from another institution. Any exceptions to this rule require permission from students' advisor, Department Chair/Director and Assistant to the Dean.

Pass/No Credit Policy. Courses applied toward any major in the College of Fine Arts may not be taken on the P/NC basis.

Arts Administration Minor

The minor in Arts Administration provides a course of study that enables students to pursue careers in administrative positions in arts institutions and community arts organizations.  It is intended for students who wish to combine arts training with practical courses in business and specialized offerings in arts administration. Since the minor in Arts Administration has a scope beyond any particular field in the arts, it is offered through the Dean’s office in the College of Fine Arts. General information is available through each department; however, for specific questions, please contact the Dean’s office in Moudy 119N.

Requirements for the Arts Administration Minor: (18 hours)

Business Knowledge - 9 hrs.
--Required courses:
ACCT 20153: Principles of Accounting
MANA 30153: Organizational Management
MARK 30153: Marketing Management
--Permits required from the Neeley School of Business to enroll in these Business Classes.

Aesthetic Experience - 3 hrs.
--Fine Arts majors must choose this from outside the major department
--Choose from:
ART 10043: Intro to Art History
ART 20503: Survey Topics of Art History
BALT 10053: Survey of Dance
BALT 40173: Dance History
BALT 40183: Twentieth Century Dance
MUSI 10033: Survey of Jazz & Pop
MUSI 10053: Survey of Music
MUSI 10073: Rock to Bach
THEA 10053: Survey of Theatre
THEA 10203: Survey of Musical Theatre

Administration Integration - 3 hrs.
--Required Courses:
AADM 30103: The Arts Organization
AADM 40103: Management in the Arts
--Optional, but recommended:
AADM 40903: Internship in Arts Administration

Courses of Instruction - Arts Administration Minor:

AADM 30103 The Arts Organization. This course begins with a historic overview of the non-profit organization, and continues with an exploration of non-profit structure and governance, and the variety of careers and organizations found within the nonprofit sector. Students will analyze the various factors that influence arts organizations, and how arts organizations, in turn, affect the world around us.

AADM 40103 Management in the Arts. This course introduces students to the practical skills needed to successfully manage an arts organization. Students will explore internal processes, such as budgeting and accountability, and the external relationships that the arts manager must navigate, such as development and fundraising, marketing and audience development, and education and outreach.

AADM 40903 Internship in Arts Administration. Prerequisites: AADM 40103, and permission of instructor. Students will be placed in an active role within a local arts organization. 12 hours per week is the expected minimum. Students will also meet monthly with the program administrator.

Student Organizations

Fraternities and Sororities

Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity (Art and Art History)

Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre)

Chi Tau Epsilon (Dance)

Mu Phi Epsilon (Music)

Phi Mu Alpha (Music)

Kappa Kappa Psi (Band)

Tau Beta Sigma (Band)

Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honor Society)


ASTA (American String Teachers Association)

IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators)

MEO (Music Education Organization)

Lending Our Voices and Ears

TCU Honor Society of Artists and Designers

Musical Organizations

Horned Frog Band (Marching)

Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble

Chamber Winds

Jazz Ensemble

University Orchestra

String and Wind Ensembles

Collegium Musicum

Choral Union

Concert Chorale

Chapel Choir

Professional Organizations

American Advertising Federation

Texas Art Education Association

United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Student Chapter

Association for Theatre and Higher Education (ATHE)

Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA)

Southwest Theatre and Film Association

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)

Texas Christian University