Your Future in Art

The School of Art at Kent State University offers a long tradition of creativity, thought, skill, and achievement in the visual arts. For its students, both current and future, its alumni and its many friends, the School of Art continues to explore ideas, provide the highest standards of craft, and stimulate individual and collective creativity, teaching, and research through its programs, curriculum, and exhibitions. 

Interested in learning more about our undergraduate programs? Visit our For Future Students page for more information. 

Why pursue a degree in visual art? An education in the visual arts prepares students for a variety of careers because it builds skills in innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving as well as resource and time management. Our faculty are experts in their fields and can provide guidance to students as they pursue their careers in the arts. Additionally, students may contact LuAnn Coldwell, Career Advisor for the Visual and Performing Arts, for assistance with career-related tasks or education. An impressive scope of careers in the visual arts is listed on our website as well as resources for jobs and internships.


Open up career opportunities:

Our art education program has a near 100% job placement rate after graduation.

Our alumni worldwide are successful artists, designers, artisans, educators, administrators, entrepreneurs, authors, and museum and gallery professionals.

Learn new skills:

Our studio art program has one of the largest selections of studio disciplines at any public university in the state.

Learn to use digital fabrication tools in our ARTech Studio as well as the new Design Innovation Hub located next door.

Get hands-on experience in the classroom through in our art education program during field experiences, art enrichment classes and student teaching in the community.

Develop excellent writing and research skills in art history which will provide a strong foundation for the successful pursuit of advanced degrees and other opportunities in the field, including teaching, research, publishing and curating.

Get a quality education at a good value:

Kent State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of School of Art and Design.

The School of Art was nationally ranked at #9 in Best Value Schools in 2021 for our Bachelor's degree in Art and Art History.

It's nationally ranked in 2020 at #110 of 1,200 U.S. graduate programs in the visual arts surveyed by US News and World Report.

Save up to $100k or more in tuition costs over four years by choosing Kent State over a private Ohio art school.

Scholarships available for first-year students total $5000.

Travel and study art:

Kent State is only a short drive to Cleveland, Akron and Canton and a day-trip away from further visual arts resources in the cities of Pittsburgh, Columbus, Toledo, and Detroit.

The School of Art offers travel study opportunities every semester to New York City and other nearby cities as well as annual/bi-annual trips to Italy and China. 

Visiting artists and scholars:

Our renowned visiting artist and scholar program brings professionals from around the country to Kent State to give lectures and work with our students.

Kent Blossom Art Intensives is our two-week summer studio intensive program that brings visiting artists from all over the country to Kent State. You'll work with and get feedback from professionals in your discipline. 





  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Learn about occupations including job responsibilities, salaries, education required, and job outlook
  • Career One Stop - Explore careers, salary and benefits, training required, and job seeker services by state
  • O*Net - Quick search tool for Ohio jobs data and more


  • Meet with Career Exploration and Development for guidance.
  • Use our career planning books, computers and printer.