2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Fine Arts Program of Study

Since the founding of Texas Christian University more than a century ago, fine arts and related professional studies have been integral parts of the University's educational program. Today, some 950 students concentrate their studies within the three departments and three schools that comprise the College of Fine Arts. Degree programs are available in art and art history; classical and contemporary dance; fashion merchandising, graphic design, and; interior design: music; and theatre. The academic programs exact an appropriate balance between professional training and liberal arts studies. Personal counseling and relatively small classes enable the faculty to give attention to the work of each student.

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

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. College of Fine Arts programs enjoy close working relationships with the Kimbell Art Museum, The Fort Worth Symphony, Texas Ballet Theatre and the other visual and performing institutions in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

College of Fine Arts Organization

The College of Fine Arts is organized into three schools and three departments, offering 33 major fields of concentration. The departments provide professional training in vocational fields for students planning careers and serious avocational training for those who wish to attain artistic ability without professional intent.


School of Art

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • New Media

School of Music

  • Performance
  • Piano, Organ, Voice, Strings, Wind and Percussion Instruments
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Theory and Composition
  • Music Education
  • Church Music

School for Classical & Contemporary Dance

  • Ballet and Modern/Contemporary Dance Techniques
  • Choreography
  • Pointe/Variations/Pas de Deux
  • Teaching Methods
  • Dance History/Theory
  • Improvisation/Contact Improvisation
  • Production/Lighting Design
  • Kinesiology
  • Dance Lighting


Department of Design

  • Graphic Design

  • Interior Desgin

Department of Fashion Merchandising

  • Fashion Merchandising

Department of Theatre

  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Directing
  • Scenic Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Makeup and Hair
  • Stagecraft
  • Costume Construction

College of Fine Arts Degrees

The College of Fine Arts offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with a major in graphic design, studio art or art education, classical or contemporary dance and theatre.
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in art history, music, studio art or theatre. (The BA degree requires a minor along with the completion of sophomore-level foreign language.)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in design studies, interior design or fashion merchandising.
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) with a major in performance, piano pedagogy, theory/composition or church music.
  • Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

Multiple Majors

Students majoring in the College of Fine Arts who wish to pursue an additional major in the college must obtain permission from the student's advisor, unit director/chair, and academic dean. The student must satisfy all requirements of the additional major, including seeking permission for courses that will satisfy both majors; minimial overlap is permitted with pre-approval.

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.

Requirements for Graduation

The online Intent to Graduate form must be submitted by FAME, MUEI, MUEV and ARED majors once the student has completed 86 hours of coursework. All other majors in the college should complete the Intent to Graduate form once the student has completed 96 hours of coursework or two semesters prior to graduation, whichever comes first. Students may make an online request for their official degree plan from the College of Fine Arts once they have completed 54 semester hours (usually at the end of the sophomore or the beginning of the junior year).

Approval of the department chair 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 TCU Core Curriculum that applies to all University graduates.

Transfer Credit

Students wishing to take courses at another institution, following their admission to TCU, must secure approval through the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts before enrolling in those courses. Requests are made online via the myTCU student portal. Once admitted to TCU, students may only take 12 hours of coursework from another institution. Any exceptions require permission from the student’s advisers, department chair/director and academic dean. See the University's Transfer Credit Policy for more information.

Pass/No-Credit Policy

Courses applied toward any major in the College of Fine Arts may not be taken on the pass/no-credit basis.

Arts Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ARLEMIN)

The new ARLE minor will provide TCU arts graduates with the knowledge and practical skills to effectively lead arts organizations, such as orchestras, galleries, theaters, museums, film and dance companies, and/or successfully manage their artistic careers in the creative economy.

The ARLE curriculum addresses the essential competencies required for running nonprofit/public arts organizations: organizational development, visioning and planning, effective governance, financial management, fundraising, managing staff and volunteers, audience development, community engagement, programming and special events, marketing and public relations, and effectiveness evaluation.

College of Fine Arts Special Programs

The Artist Diploma is available for instrumentalists and vocalists with exceptional performance ability. See the School of Music section.

College of Fine Arts Student Organizations

Fraternities and Sororities

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)

Phi Upsilon Omicron (Merchandising, Interior Design and Nutrition Honor Society)


ASTA (American String Teachers Association)

MEO (Music Education Organization)

TCU Society of Artists and Arts Educators

ArtOrg (TCU Art Club)

TIDA (TCU Interior Design Association)

Musical Organizations

Horned Frog Band (Marching)

Symphonic Band

Wind Symphony

Chamber Music

Jazz Ensemble

Symphony Orchestra

Cello Ensemble

Harp Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

Collegium Musicum

Concert Chorale

Men's and Women's Chorus (Frog Corps and Cantiamo)

Professional Organizations

American Advertising Federation

Design Focus

Texas Art Education Association (TAEA)

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)

American Textile Chemist and Colorist (AATCC)

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

International Fashion Group

National Retail Federation (NRF)

American Collegiate Retail (ACRA)

International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)

Interior Design Educator's Council (IDEC)

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)

Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH)

International Dark Sky Association (IDA)

College Art Association (CAA)

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

American Institute of America Arts (AIGA)

Dallas Society of Visual Communication (DSVC)

National Association of School of Dance

American College Dance Association