The School of Art at Kent State University was established around 1940 and maintains a tradition of excellence in visual arts education, creation, scholarship and leadership. Its undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual arts offer a range of directions and opportunities in the fields of arts education, art history, and a comprehensive array of studio disciplines including painting, drawing, print media and photography, sculpture and expanded media, ceramics, glass, jewelry/metals/enameling, and textiles. Throughout its long history programs in graphic design, industrial design, and film studies were also part of the offerings. The school is also celebrating a 50-year legacy of Kent Blossom Art summer workshops. The program, which started in 1968, brings artists from all over the country to teach, give demonstrations and lectures at Kent State University.
Kent State University is an affiliate of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Kent State University is a also member institution of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.