The School of Art at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive university art departments in the state of Ohio, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in art education, art history and studio art. The school is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Bachelor of Arts
This program is designed as an interdisciplinary arts degree with foundational skills and a basic understanding of the concepts and methods of the visual arts, combined with a liberal education curriculum. Those with strong visual learning preferences and general interest in the arts will find this degree program a good fit.
This program prepares students for Ohio licensure for pre-k-12 visual art instruction. Students gain significant teaching experience prior to graduation by organizing and evaluating teaching activities for creating and analyzing works of art and design. Students are taught to engage learners in the complete process of artistic thinking, promoting learner-centered pedagogy while gaining a deep understanding of how to meet the needs of all students across diverse populations.
This program provides a liberal education in the history of the visual arts, with opportunities to explore connections to history, literature, languages, and social sciences. Courses challenge students to examine both the creative expressions of individual artists and the cultures that supported them, spanning Western and non-Western traditions. The degree prepares students for advanced study resulting in research and publication, university teaching, and library/museum/gallery careers.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Graduates with the B.F.A. go on to pursue professions as exhibiting artists, designers for industry, studio assistants, gallery owners, museum/non-profit directors, art handlers/installers, entrepreneurs, artisans and commercial artists.
A concentrated pre-professional study is available in each of the following areas: ceramics, glass, jewelry/metals/enameling and textile arts.
Areas of pre-professional studio concentration include painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as interdisciplinary exploration.
Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts
Graduate programs leading to the Master of Fine Arts are available in studio art. Programs leading to the Master of Arts are available in art education, art history, and studio art. The School of Art offers several competitive teaching and research graduate assistantships that include a tuition waiver and a stipend. Highlights of the graduate program include dedicated studio space for graduate students, teaching and research opportunities, working with a range of graduate faculty, and access to world-class museums and research libraries.
The Center for the Visual Arts
All of the School of Art classrooms and studios are located under one roof in the newly completed Center for the Visual Arts, which had its grand opening in 2016. The 127,900-square-foot facility — twice the length of a football field — is LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), obtaining Silver certification. The building features ample studio and classroom space, state-of-the-art equipment and tools, a visual resource library, computer lab, multiple gallery spaces and an open storage room for the School of Art collection.
The Kent/Blossom Art Program
The two-week intensive studio workshops of Kent/Blossom Art emphasize the exchange of creative concepts and techniques drawn from diverse visual media. Informal interactions among students and faculty – both resident and visiting – along with public presentations and exhibitions provide the means of exploring ideas and values beyond the student’s primary medium. Some workshops may involve off-site activities or travel. Undergraduate and graduate credit is available, as are tuition scholarships. For additional information, contact the School of Art, 330-672-2192 or https://www.kent.edu/kentblossomart.
The School of Art offers several travel study programs each year. Trips to New York, Washington D.C., London/Paris, Florence, and China are offered each semester, annually, or bi-annually. Each program is designed to enhance the student's learning experience by modeling professional practice, museum study, and other cultural experiences.
Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
The Artist and Scholar Lecture Series provides several opportunities each semester for visiting artists and Kent State University faculty to share work and current scholarship with colleagues and students. Visiting artists often give classroom demonstrations during their visit and interact with students.
School of Art Collection and Galleries
The School of Art Collection and Galleries are comprised of seven gallery spaces located on the Kent State University campus, downtown Kent and at the Blossom Music Center. The collection consists of over 4,000 historical and contemporary art objects contained in an open storage space located at the Center for the Visual Arts. The space is easily accessible to classes so students can get up close and even handle objects. The mission of the School of Art Collection is to collect artworks that are important to the history of the school as well as works created by women and artists of color.
The ARTshop is a student-run retail shop where students can sell their work while refining their entrepreneurial skills. Located in room 257 at the Center for the Visual Arts, patrons can browse and purchase student-made works in a variety of media. The goal of the ARTshop is to act as a laboratory for introducing ideas about arts entrepreneurship to students.
The ARTech Studio is a cutting-edge laboratory available for school-wide student use, allowing students to incorporate traditional art practices with technology. Studio equipment includes a laser cutter, 3D printer, stencil cutter and digital router with more to come!
Majors in art are eligible for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance through programs administered by the School of Art, the Student Financial Aid Office and the Honors College.
Declared majors in art education, art history, and studio art are eligible for scholarships based on merit and financial need, as well as a review of portfolio materials. Reviews are conducted each fall and spring for enrolled students.
All current scholarships for incoming and enrolled art majors are listed at www.kent.edu/art/scholarships.
In addition, awards for the Northeast Central Ohio Scholastic Art competition are applied for through your high school.
Each February the Honors College sponsors the Creative Artist Awards competitions for high school seniors intending to major in art. Applications can be obtained from the Honors College, CAA Program, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001, telephone number 330-672-2312.
Students transferring from another institution present a portfolio for review by School faculty members. Transfer credit is based in part upon conformity with Ohio Transfer Articulation Guidelines, while class placement depends on results of the review.