There are now dorms especially designated for students who plan to or are majoring in visual art, dance, music, and drama —any of the arts! Wall/Gates Residence Hall has organized “Learning Communities with designated floors on which students live with other students sharing their academic and personal needs.”
Research has shown this contributes to an increased GPA – even better class attendance, too. The research also shows that it can help students transition from high school to TTU; there can be greater involvement on campus; and students may be more likely to graduate in four years.
First time freshmen in the FALC (Fine Learning Arts Community) can also participate in FIG (Freshman Interest Group) in which students are enrolled in a common set of courses. At a recent meeting of FALC, representatives discussed the theme for wall decorations that the floors would create to express themselves – painting an entry to their area. Other plans were discussed –a Battle of the bands night, an art contest complete with a critique from visual arts professors, a coffee house poetry reading night, and an open mic night. In addition, this unique situation is very close to all the fine arts buildings on Flint Ave. It is coed, has a lobby with a stage for performances, a formal lounge, study and TV rooms —all the comforts of home and a special place to meet and make friends with similar interests.