Empowering global leaders to transform lives through the arts.

Welcome to Kent State University's College of the Arts, where you can experience our nationally and internationally recognized programs and learn from faculty who are leaders in the fields of visual, performing and design arts.

Our multitude of program options, including 28 majors, 20 minors and our signature Arts Entrepreneurship minor, make us the destination of choice for your arts education.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion is critical to our mission to be creative leaders and transform lives through the arts.

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10shows per season through Theatre and Dance
100%of Fashion School students study away and complete an internship for credit
6specialized academic programs through School of Art
Gianna Commito teaching painting with student

Gianna Commito Selected for President’s Faculty Excellence Award

Professor of painting, Gianna Commito, has been selected by Kent State University’s President Diacon as a recipient of a President’s Faculty Excellence Award for academic year 2019-2020.

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John-Michael Warner, Mary Jenea Sanchez and Gabriela Muñoz

John-Michael Warner Awarded Fellowship for U.S.-Mexico Border Research

Dr. John-Michael Warner, assistant professor of art history, was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon-Fronteridades Fellowship for U.S.-Mexico border research along with two Arizona-based artists. 

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  • School of Art

    School of Art

    Kent State University’s School of Art is one of Ohio’s top schools in the visual arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art. Our program offers a wide array of studio disciplines, expert faculty, and a place for fine arts and liberal arts to come together in creative and inspiring ways.

  • School of Fashion

    School of Fashion

    At the Fashion School, design and merchandising majors showcase their talent and innovation in real-world settings. This energized atmosphere has earned the school a consistent ranking among the best fashion programs nationally and globally. Students are required to complete an approved internship and a study-away experience before graduating.  More than 3,000 alumni can be found throughout the industry working for the world’s most recognized brands.

  • School of Music

    School of Music

    The School of Music alumni network comprises a global ensemble of music performers and educators embedded in the world's most prestigious musical institutions. The school is one of the busiest on campus. Music pours out of practice studios, ensembles gather for rehearsal, faculty members attend student recitals and highly coveted guest artists teach master classes.

  • School of Theatre and Dance

    School of Theatre and Dance

    Theatre and Dance students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of their art at one of the nation's highest-ranked public research universities. From dawn until long after dark, the Center for the Performing Arts is alive with students' creative activities.

  • Kent State University Museum

    Kent State University Museum

    The Kent State University Museum contains important collections of fashion and decorative arts. Its eight galleries feature changing exhibitions of work by many of the world's great artists and designers.

  • Kent Creativity Festival

    Kent Creativity Festival

    The Kent Creativity Festival, sponsored by the City of Kent and the Kent State University College of the Arts will present a physically distanced, drive-in festival on Saturday, September 26 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Rockwell Parking Lot adjacent to Rockwell Hall.

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