TCU College of Fine Arts students pursue their passions even during the pandemic

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In the midst of the pandemic, faculty, staff and students in the TCU College of Fine Arts found innovative and creative ways to adapt and connect with the campus, community and patrons through the fine arts. Following #ProtectThePurple guidelines during the fall 2020 semester, students and faculty presented virtual performances, online exhibitions, socially-distanced classes and rehearsals, and new virtual modes of learning.

To celebrate these successes, the TCU College of Fine Arts created the short video available to view below.


While the College of Fine Arts is still unable to welcome in-person audiences and off-campus visitors to events until further notice, each school and department has gone to great lengths to support students and faculty—whether in in-person classes or via distance learning. Because of their dedication, many talented students and faculty were able to pursue their passions this fall and will continue to do so into the spring 2021 semester.

The College of Fine Arts safely presented more than 100 online performances, recitals, exhibitions and other events from August to November—more than 40 of which occurred live and real time.

Some additional highlights from across the college:

School of Art

The School of Art and The Art Galleries at TCU hosted virtual exhibitions featuring the work of professional artists, students and faculty. Painting students even created masked self-portraits.

School for Classical & Contemporary Dance

Dance students presented a semester-end virtual concert series that featured new works by world-renowned guest (virtual) choreographers. Additionally, senior choreography students worked all semester to create original screendance projects that were filmed across campus and premiered online.

Department of Design

Graphic design students created and presented two virtual shows: the BFA Graphic Design Senior Show and the Society of Creative Excellence Show.

Department of Fashion Merchandising

Fashion merchandising majors collaborated with students in the architectural lighting design minor via Zoom to design a series of display windows at the Fine Arts Building.

School of Music

The band, orchestra and percussion programs moved into the new TCU Music Center, enjoying space for socially distanced lessons and rehearsals. Dozens of students performed in virtual recitals and ensemble concerts throughout the semester.

Department of Theatre

Theatre TCU presented multiple performances of four virtual productions, including The A.D.A.P.T Projects, a collaborative series of original works by more than 140 theatre majors.

What’s Next

Looking ahead to spring 2021, the College of Fine Arts will again present a number of exciting virtual performances, exhibitions and other events. For the latest information, visit