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College of the Arts students,

As everyone at Kent State begins the new course format of remote learning, we expect that you may need support in navigating this somewhat unfamiliar territory. If you find you have questions, we urge you to contact LeAnn Starlin Nilsson (lstarli1@kent.edu) or Sandi Randulic (sranduli@kent.edu).

Please be aware that your advisors are working and are available to assist you with any questions you might have, including details about your Fall 2020 schedule. Although face-to-face appointments are not possible at this time, you may email your advisor with your questions. Due to high volume, please allow 48 hours for a response. The Advising Team continues to stay in contact with students about course information, semester planners, etc.

Please contact your advisor at:

Maria Robertson, mrobert9@kent.eduSchool of Art

Kyle Lovell, School of Music, School of Theatre and Dance, klovell1@kent.edu

Laura Caparanis, Emily Vanicek, Riley Woods: School of Fashion Advisors,  fdm-advisor@kent.edu

Be well, stay safe and let learning continue remotely.

Dr. John R. Crawford-Spinelli
Dean & Professor
March 16, 2020


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
Graduate student in the College of the Arts

Graduate Student Award

The College of the Arts invites all faculty in the college to nominate graduate students for three awards to be given at the Graduate Studies Awards Ceremony on April 6, 2020. 

Award Criteria

For all awards

• Period of work to be considered: July 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020
• Nominated by faculty
• Continuing or graduating student at master’s or doctoral level
• Good academic standing

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  • School of Art

    School of Art

    Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top 100 graduate programs in the visual arts, the School of Art provides endless opportunities for undergraduates delving into fine art, crafts, art history and art education. Students are supported and challenged by a world-class faculty, who stimulate creativity in the classroom, studio and gallery spaces.

  • Fashion School

    Fashion School

    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 the annual outdoor hands-on arts festival on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 4p.m. on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade

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