With over 1000 majors, Texas State’s School of Art and Design is one of the largest schools for the visual arts in the country. The school offers undergraduate degrees in Communication Design, Studio Art and Photography, Art Education, and Art History, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design. Art and Design students come primarily from Texas, but their achievements spread well beyond the state. Housed in the Joann Cole Mitte and Sabinal buildings, our students invest holistically in their own education, providing a model for other regional and national art programs. Supporting this endeavor are the more than 80 diverse faculty members dedicated to fostering conceptual and technical abilities necessary for artistic expression. Faculty Accolades
Art and Design faculty have been recognized nationally and internationally for their creative work through commissions, grants, residencies, and exhibitions. They have earned accolades from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, CEC Artslink, the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas Commission on the Arts, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland), Artpace, the Harry Ransom Center, The Contemporary Austin and the American Advertising Federation. Their scholarly work is consistently published in leading periodicals and journals. Faculty work has been published or has appeared in print in periodicals such as, Print, Communication Arts and Graphis magazines, as well as Artforum, Modern Painters, New American Paintings, and New City Art. Art Education faculty hold leadership roles in the Texas Education Agency, Texas Art Education Association, and the State Board of Education. National Recognition
Graphic Design USA magazine selected Texas State University for inclusion in GDUSA 2017 Top Graphic Design Schools. Only 42 colleges and universities in the nation are included in this list compiled by Graphic Design USA magazine. The MFA in Communication Design was featured in Print Magazine as one of the top 11 programs in the nation. Best Art Colleges.com has ranked Texas State as #2 in the state, #7 in the South, and #31 in the country (top 1.5% of over 2300 schools); the Bachelor’s degree at Texas State is #13 in the country. Student Accolades
Communication Design students regularly win design awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, the American Advertising Federation’s ADDY awards, The One Show, and the Brass Ring advertising awards. Their designs are also featured in national design publications such as CMYK, Print, Communication Arts, Graphis, Graphic Design USA, and HOW magazines. Communication Design graduates consistently secure employment at top corporations and design firms across the region and the nation. In the last five years, over 75 different design firms have hired new Texas State graduates. Students earning their BFA in Studio Art and Photography are placed in MFA programs at the top graduate schools in the country, including Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, the School for the Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University, Cranbrook, Maryland Institute College of Art, Columbia University, School of Visual Arts in New York City, University of California at San Diego, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Our students have been awarded top artist residencies at the widely acclaimed Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center, the Meet Factory (Prague), and Seoul Artspace (Korea). Student achievements also include high-level job placement at art institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Artpace (San Antonio), and galleries like the internationally known Pace Gallery in New York City. The vast majority of its Art Education graduates are hired to teach in high schools and elementary schools across the state.
About Communication Studies
The Department of Communication Studies prepares students to be skilled leaders, problem solvers, speakers, writers and researchers. The undergraduate degree offers areas of study in Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Persuasive Communication as well as Teacher Certification. The department is also the academic home of several interdisciplinary minors emphasizing Leadership, Political Communication and Health Communication. The nationally ranked Master’s program offers research emphases in Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Persuasion and Political Communication, Rhetorical Studies, and Communication Training and Development. Faculty Accolades
Collectively, faculty have published more than 85 books (including editions) and more than 300 peer-refereed articles in communication journals. Faculty regularly win top paper/article awards from the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association, Western Communication Association, and the Journal of Family Communication; they have won Article of the Year awards and Book of the Year awards from the American Journal of Nursing and the Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association Collectively, faculty have received millions of dollars in grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the Special Olympics of Texas, the United States Department of the Interior, and the United States Bureau of Land Management. Faculty are nationally recognized for holding top leadership posts including the president of the National Communication Association and president of the Southern States Communication Association. Faculty have also served as Editors of Communication Teacher and Communication Law Review. Faculty research is regularly featured in Psychology Today and cited in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Men’s Health, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, ABC News Radio, AARP, Wisconsin Law Review, the Times of India, Yahoo India, Quo! (Spain & Mexico), Fox News, Indian Express, and the Chicago Sun-Times. The department is the only academic unit at Texas State to lead a Study Abroad program at Oxford University, Oxford, England. Opportunities to Excel
It has the #3 ranked M.A. program in the U.S. for communication education research. Master’s students regularly present at national conferences and publish peer-reviewed articles. Within the past ten years 100% of Communication Studies master’s students seeking to pursue a Ph.D. who have been recommended by faculty members have been accepted to top doctoral programs. Master’s program alumni have been employed as faculty members at: DePaul University, Princeton University, Ohio University, Marquette University, Emerson University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Indiana University, Western Oregon University, University of Colorado, University of Iowa, Southern Mississippi University, George Mason University, UT Pan Am, UT San Antonio, UT Austin, Cal Polytechnic, Arizona State University, University of Central Michigan, Nebraska Wesleyan University, UT Rio Grande Valley, Belmont University, and UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. Last year the department successfully led the first TEDx conference at Texas State. The LBJ Debate Society and Elton Abernathy Forensics Society continues to dominate other Texas universities, as well as the national stage; in sixteen of the last seventeen years, the LBJ Debate Society and Elton Abernathy Forensics Society has won 1st place sweepstakes at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Championships. They are the only Texas university debate program annually invited to debate at Oxford University. Texas State placed second in the nation in the President’s Three Division of the National Forensics Association’s National Championship. Last year more than twenty debate and forensic team members placed fifth or higher in a variety of state and national tournaments in competitive events such as parliamentary debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, after-dinner speaking, prose, dramatic interpretation, impromptu speaking and communication analysis. Texas State also produced seven national quarterfinalists (top 24) this past year. For the past 29 years, the department has hosted COMM Week, an event featuring national and international guest speakers, as well as networking and professional development opportunities.
The Division of Dance offers undergraduate degrees in Performance and Choreography, Dance Studies, Single Field Teacher Certification in Dance, and Two Field Teacher Certification in Dance. The division has over 175 undergraduates, making it one of the 10 largest dance programs in the country. They produce at least 6 dance concerts per year. Texas State University’s Dance Program prepares professional performers, choreographers, and public school dance teachers. Students explore several forms of dance and learn to use those forms in educational, professional, and community settings. The role of dance as an art form and as a means of developing sound aesthetic values are paramount in the program. National Recognition
The Dance division is the only U.S. university program that provides comprehensive training in the principles of modern dance pioneer Erick Hawkins. Faculty work closely with the Erick Hawkins Foundation to help preserve and re-mount his choreography. Faculty have choreographed or performed in Athens, Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Edinburgh, San Jose, Mexico City, Guatemala, Giessen (Germany), Chicago, Portland, Minneapolis, Denver, Boulder, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Chile, Trinidad/Tobago, and New York. The Dance division has been ranked by Dance-Colleges.com as the #21 school in the country and has the #10 bachelor’s degree program. The Dance division graduates more dance students than any other university in the state; it is annually in the top 10 in the country in the number of undergraduates earning degrees. The Dance division hosts 3-4 national and international guest choreographers each year to work with students and create new, innovative choreography. Student Accolades
Students have been invited to perform at the DUMBO international dance festival in New York as well as dance concerts in Denver, Los Angeles, Germany, and Guatemala. They have earned honors at the state and regional levels from the American College Dance Festival. Many students receive internships and scholarships to national and international dance training centers for summer study. The Texas State student dance company, Orchesis, produces one large annual dance concert and participates in many community and university service projects. This company is an on-campus dance ensemble composed completely of Texas State students of all majors and disciplines. Highly Acclaimed Ensembles
Merge Dance Company is a touring ensemble that performs regionally, nationally, and occasionally internationally. They perform the work of faculty and guest artists of the Dance Division. Entrance into Merge is granted by an audition or invitation process held in the late spring of each year. Choreographers’ Showcase is a bi-annual concert choreographed by students enrolled in Advanced Choreography. The students in this course select dancers for their work. BFA concerts: Students in the Performance and Choreography degree plan are required to produce a shared concert in their senior year (usually 4 choreographers share the concert). They select their own dancers, and are in charge of all aspects of the concert. Opening Door Dance Theatre: This concert features the choreography of faculty, alumni, and prestigious guest artists. The company is by invitation only. CIM TEYA (Creation in Motion Touring Ensemble for Young Audiences) creates interactive dance performances for children, touring locally and throughout Texas. Using dance, performances demonstrate basic curricular themes such as science, literature, and math. Entrance into CIM TEYA is by invitation. Transient Dance Collective is an inclusive/non-audition organization whose focus is on improvisational dance arts. TDC performs site specific work throughout San Marcos and the surrounding central Texas area.
About Journalism and Mass Communication
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, housed in historic Old Main, offers a nationally accredited curriculum. Undergraduate majors include: Advertising (448 majors), Digital Media Innovation (138 majors), Electronic Media (584 majors), Journalism (247 majors), Mass Communication (169 majors) and Public Relations (827 majors). Students can also earn a concentration in Digital Media, Multimedia Production and/or Sports Media. The Master of Arts in Mass Communication features concentrations in Strategic Communication, Digital Media, Latinos and Media, and Global Media. Among the largest, comprehensive mass communication programs in the nation with nearly 2,400 majors, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication is the second largest academic school or department at Texas State University. One of 113 programs in the United States accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC); only 3 public Texas universities are ACEJMC accredited. Faculty Accolades
Faculty are cited in prominent media outlets like Nieman Reports and PBS MediaShift. They are published in numerous top journals including: Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly; Communication Theory; Journal of Health Communication; Journal of Drug Education; College Teaching; International Journal of Sport Communication; Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship; Health Marketing Quarterly; Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; Communication Research Reports; Visual Communication Quarterly; Journalism Theory, Practice & Criticism; Journalism and Mass Communication Educator; International Journal of Advertising; Mass Communication and Society; Journal of Interactive Advertising; Journal of International Consumer Marketing; Public Relations Review; International Journal of Mobile Marketing; and others. Opportunities to Excel
Graduate students participated and presented their research at media conferences, including the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), Online News Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and the Seoul International Conference on Social Sciences and Management. Texas State University’s American Advertising Federation (AAF) team has advanced to nationals since 1990, winning two national championships, placing in the top four an additional seven times and winning various regional awards. Students gained practical experience working in student media: The University Star, KTSW 89.9-FM, Bobcat Promotions and the student-produced cable television newscast, Bobcat Update. The University Star, KTSW 89.9 FM, and Bobcat Update regularly earn awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA). Over the years, University Star students have won First Place, Best in Show, at the TIPA conference; individual students won First Place in Sports Feature Writing and in News Feature Writing. KTSW students have won CBI National Student Production Awards. Partnership projects connect students directly with industry professionals. Advertising students conducted market research for Hewlett-Packard, Wells Fargo and Texas State Athletics while Electronic Media students worked with the Round Rock Express, a Minor League Baseball club, and Texas State Athletics. PR students developed campaigns for the Salvation Army and SWBC Mortgage. Student organizations include: The American Advertising Federation (AAF); the Ad Club; the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); the Latino Communication Association, Bobcat Promotions, the Association of Hispanic Journalists at Texas State, the Texas State Broadcasting Society, Women Communicators of Austin at Texas State, the Social Media Club (SMC); and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Advertising Club and Bobcat Promotions students annually visit agencies throughout the nation. Our signature event, Mass Communication Week, features more than 25 events with 50-plus speakers representing the fields across the discipline. PR students have the opportunity to work on the PRSA Bateman Competition Team. The Media Innovation Lab (MILab) had an outstanding inaugural year. MiLab launched in fall 2016 with a student open lab, teaching lab and maker space. The first students in our Digital Media Innovation major graduated in December 2016. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the SXTXState.com project has provided students in our graduate program with front-row access to the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference.
The Texas State University School of Music proudly provides an intensive and nurturing environment that emphasizes student-faculty interaction and performance opportunities. Faculty guide students to become performers, educators, and scholars. A long-standing, fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, Texas State has 90 faculty who teach just over 600 students performing in more than 30 ensembles. Award-winning ensembles include the Texas State Opera Theater, Latin Music Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, and the Bobcat Marching Band. Other elite ensembles include the Texas State Wind Symphony, Chorale, and Symphony Orchestra. Faculty Accolades
The music faculty of 90 individuals includes 50 internationally active performing, conducting, or composing artists. Collectively, they have performed in more than 30 countries on virtually every continent and have won prestigious prizes such as Grammy Awards, Dallas Concerto Competition, National Finger Picking Championship, Bulgarian National Clarinet Competition, Atlanta Steinway Society Competition, and Fullbright scholars/specialists. Their artistry can be heard on hundreds of commercial recordings released on labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Sony, Naxos, Columbia, Capstone, Centaur, Rounder, ERM Media, and Nonesuch Records. Our scholar faculty claim many important honors and publications in such prestigious journals as Grove Dictionary of American Music, College Music Symposium, Choral Journal, Computer Music Journal, Journal of Band Research, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Theoria, Journal of Musicological Research, and Perspectives of New Music. Award-winning Programs and Ensembles
The School of Music maintains over 30 student ensembles, including choirs, wind bands, symphony orchestra, mariachi ensembles, salsa bands, jazz bands and combos, opera, modern music, percussion ensembles, like instrument ensembles, accompanying, Gamelan Lipi Awan and the Bobcat Marching Band! Ensemble members come from a variety of disciplines across the entire campus. Texas State music ensembles have performed across the U.S. and abroad, in South Africa, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Chile, China, and The Netherlands. Wind bands have won national recognition and appeared at distinguished festivals and conventions such as the College Band Directors National Association. Choral ensembles have performed at the American Choral Directors Association national conference. Percussion ensembles have competed and won indoor drumline and individual awards at the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Jazz and Salsa ensembles have performed at the prestigious Notre Dame Jazz Festival. In addition, band, orchestra, jazz, choral, and like instrument ensembles frequently perform at the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Students can choose a major in general music, Classical, Jazz, or Latin performance, Sound Recording Technology, music education, conducting, composition, music theory, or musicology.Our Music Education alumni are sought after by public school systems across the entire state. Sound Recording Technology alumni have received jobs in live sound venues and production studios, as well as jobs in post-production editing around the U.S., most notably for Universal Studios. The School of Music offers a busy lineup of concerts for the public. In addition to some 60 student ensemble performances, the Stars At Night series features internationally acclaimed guest artists and Faculty Showcases. Students have many opportunities to participate in master classes with guest musical artists and hear lectures by distinguished music scholars from across the U.S. and the world. The Somos Músicos concert series is designed for music students to perform for each other in a supportive, informal setting. Highlights of each performance season are three annual festivals, which bring students, teachers, and artists from around the world to Texas State; the Hill Country Jazz Festival & Eddie Durham Celebration, Feria del Mariachi, and the International Piano Festival. As a service to the community, the School of Music offers musical instruction to local children through the Hill Country Youth Chorus, the Texas State String Project, Mariachi Infantil, and numerous summer camps for high-school and middle-school musicians. The newly formed University Orchestra gives students, community members and alumni the opportunity to continue their performance abilities.
Texas State University’s Theatre program offers undergraduate B.F.A. degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre, Teacher Certification, Technical Production, Performance and Production, and a general B.A. degree. Its graduate degrees include a Master of Fine Arts with emphases in Directing, Design, and Dramatic Writing as well as an M.A. in Theatre History. It is one of the 15 largest programs in the country. Our students and faculty continue to excel at regional, national, and international levels.
Faculty have starred in television shows, performed on Broadway, in national tours, and on original cast albums. They have worked at the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Zach Theatre, Austin Lyric Opera, Los Angeles’s Colony Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Connecticut Repertory Theatre, as well as in international venues in Scotland, Germany, Ireland, France, Spain, South Korea, Colombia, and the Czech Republic.
They have displayed their scenic, lighting, and costume designs at the Prague Quadrennial.
They have had their plays produced in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Cambridge, MA, and their screenplays produced by Hallmark Hall of Fame and NBC.
They have had articles published in American Theatre, books nominated for awards, and been featured speakers at national and international conferences.
Undergraduate Student Accolades
Undergraduate students have earned numerous honors at the regional level of the American College Theatre Festival. They have advanced to the Kennedy Center as KC/ACTF national finalists in scene design, lighting design, costume design, sound design, acting, stage management, playwriting, and musical theatre. They have been accepted into top graduate programs across the country.
Teacher Certification graduates have nearly 100% job placement.
Alumni are finding jobs behind-the-scenes in film and television, including work with major producing organizations and award-winning directors.
The department graduates more theatre students than any other university in the state.
Students perform in, design, build and crew up to a dozen shows in four performance spaces every year.
Graduate Student Accolades
Graduate students have won the O’Neill National Critics Institute Award, the KC/ACTF Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship (five of the last six years), the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, the John Cauble Short Play Award, and had their work performed at the Kennedy Center.
They have advanced to the Kennedy Center as KC/ACTF national finalists in directing, design, dramaturgy, criticism, and playwriting.
They have presented research at both national and international conferences and been accepted into top doctoral programs.
BestArtColleges.com ranks Texas State the #9 Performing Arts program in the country.
PerformingArtsColleges.com ranks Texas State the #8 Performing Arts program in the country.
CollegeMagazine.com ranks the Texas State Musical Theatre program #7 in the country.
Theatre has been recognized, at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) for the past sixteen years, including 2 Producers Awards, 2 National Selection Team Fellowships, 44 National Finalists, and 13 National Awards.
The department has been cited in the New York Times for having one of the top Acting and Musical Theatre programs in the country.
Theatre has earned 45 Austin Critics Table Award nominations in the past six years, winning 18 total awards.
The department has conducted a New York showcase for the past 15 years and a Shakespeare Study abroad for the past 14 years.
The department has hosted the nationally recognized Texas State Black and Latino Playwrights Conference for the past 14 years. The conference recently received a $25,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Recent guest artists include: Tony Award-winners Tony Walton, Christopher Durang, Shirley Knight, and Douglas Turner Ward; Tony nominees Andrew Lippa, Austin Pendleton, and Chris D’Amboise; Emmy Award-winner Larry Grossman; playwrights Teresa Rebeck and Adam Szymkowicz; artistic directors Bonnie Monte and Luis Valdez; and actor/playwright Regina Taylor.