2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


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, design studies, 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 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 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.

Requirements for Graduation

Students must make an online request for their official degree plan from the College of Fine Arts when they have completed 54 semester hours (usually at the end of the sophomore or the beginning of the junior year). The online Intent to Graduate form must be submitted when a student has completed 96 hours of coursework (86 hours for IDFM majors) or two semesters prior to graduation, whichever comes first.

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. Additionally, 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 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 pass/no-credit basis.