About Us

The study and celebration of the arts has been central to Kent State University. Long before art, dance, music, fashion, and theatre were ever housed within the same College, the arts were a significant part of Kent State University’s identity and history. Coursework and extracurricular activities in art, dance, music, and theatre were present at Kent State soon after its founding in 1910 and, rounded out by the later addition of fashion studies, have grown into a powerhouse fixture of the university.

The College of the Arts, previously known as the College of Fine and Professional Arts, was founded in 2006 and is comprised of the School of Art, the School of Fashion, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, the School of Theatre and Dance, and the Kent State University Museum. The College is also the home of the noted Kent/Blossom Arts summer programs, including the Kent Blossom Music Festival, Porthouse Theatre, and the Kent/Blossom Art Intensives.

With more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 15,000 alumni, the College of the Arts is a center of professional and artistic excellence with a mission to empower global leaders who ignite creativity, inspire discovery and transform all lives through the arts. Students experience a curriculum of specialized arts courses within a liberal arts foundation that place emphasis on professional practice and career preparedness. Learning takes place not only in the traditional classroom, but also on stage and backstage, in numerous design labs and shops, in studios, galleries, and beyond. Experts in their fields, faculty and staff are professional artists, actors, designers, educators, managers, merchandisers, musicians, researchers, and technicians whose work is recognized nationally and internationally.


1. Improve career preparation for students (University Priority 1 – Students First)

2. Innovate the curriculum (University Priority 1 – Students First and Priority 2 – A Distinctive Kent State)

3. Improve College of the Arts learning environment based on climate study feedback (University Priority 5 – Organizational Stewardship)

4. Increase student scholarships (University Priority 1 – Students First)