Welcome to Kent State’s College of the Arts where you can experience leaders in their fields as your professors in the visual, performing and design arts from our national ranked and internationally recognized faculty and Schools.
Exploring the multitude of options which are available to you is what makes Kent State’s College of the Arts so attractive.  We offer you 28 majors as well as over 20 minors from which to choose, including our unique Arts Entrepreneurship Minor.

Greetings, College of the Arts Students,

Please know that advisors in all of the School of Art, Fashion, Music and Theatre & Dance are working and are available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding Fall 2020 schedules.  We encourage you to reach out via email to your advisor with any questions or concerns you might have. 


Our Advising Team is working to ensure that you and all of your classmates remain  informed and up to date about Fall 2020 course information.  They are available to help you navigate your academic progress. 


You have a partner in your advisor and they are here to help you. 

Please find your advisor’s contact information below.  If you find you have other questions, we urge you to contact Director of Recruitment and Retention, Dr. LeAnn Starlin Nilsson (lstarli1@kent.edu) or Director of Advising, Sandi Randulic (sranduli@kent.edu).

Dr. John R. Crawford-Spinelli
Dean & Professor


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

    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.

  • 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 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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