Visit the Arts

Our Assistant Dean of Recruitment & Retention is accepting appointments for phone and web-based meetings so that you can receive information on the majors and our academic programs.

If interested, you can contact LeAnn Starlin Nilsson directly to schedule at or via phone at 330-672-8392. You may also contact Ben Dalrymple, Graduate Assistant for Recruitment & Retention to schedule an information session on one of our majors. Please contact him directly at

Virtual information sessions will be offered for each major, and registrations will be posted as they become available.


Committing to a college is a big deal. Since we want you to be sure the Fashion School at Kent State University is right for you, we encourage you to plan a visit to campus. The Fashion School at Kent State University welcomes future students to participate in one of our virtual information sessions or through attending our annual Behind the Scenes event. Details on Behind the Scenes will be posted here in late January. 


Hosted by the Fashion School, the Fashion Prospective Day offers attendees a remote information session about our academic programs, including Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising. In this session, our academic advisors will review the majors, course curriculum, and detailed information about study away and internship opportunities. Join us to learn more about Fashion at Kent State University and how you can experience a life in the arts! This event is open to prospective students and their families, or transfer students interested in attending the School of Fashion.

In addition, we are hosting our annual Behind the Scenes events. Behind the Scenes will feature two different sessions this year leading into our annual Fashion Show and Evening with Kenneth Cole. Behind the Scenes part one will focus on the production of our annual Fashion Show with the student co-producers. These students serve on the production team, working on every detail for the show’s execution. Learn about the planning process, event production, and experiences from current School of Fashion students who helped plan, market and execute the event. Part two of Behind the Scenes will showcase our student designers who have work or pieces in the show. Hear them talk about their inspiration, design process, and how their collection came together. Both sessions will be live on Zoom at the time specificed below. This is a great event for prospective students who want more information about student life at Kent and wants to connect with current students. PLEASE NOTE: Registering for one of the events below, will provide you with access to both Behind the Scenes events. Once registered, links will be emailed to you. 

On Friday, April 30th. Dr. Louise Valentine, director of the School of Fashion, will moderate the discussion titled “Building a Global Fashion Brand, On Purpose” with designer Kenneth Cole. Cole will discuss his legacy and social impact in the fashion industry. Following the virtual chat, viewers will be treated to Cole’s Hall of Fame induction speech and the live premiere of the School of Fashion’s Annual Fashion Show on the School’s YouTube channel. The fashion show will feature our student producers and student designers that attended the panel discussion from Behind the Scenes. 

Event Contact: LeAnn Starlin Nilsson, Assistant Dean, Recruitment & Retention, College of the Arts,

Please register for one of the Fashion School Prospective Days or the other events listed below.

Date Time Register
April 27th 4 pm to 5 pm Behind the Scenes Part 1: Student Producers
April 28th 4 pm to 5 pm Behind the Scenes Part 2: Student Designers
April 30th 6 pm to 8 pm Evening with Kenneth Cole and Annual Fashion Show
May 7, 2021 2 - 3:30 p.m. Fashion School Prospective Day Registration Form

Location: Remote, via Zoom.Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the call link and information. An Evening with Kenneth Cole and the Annual Fashion Show will be streamed via Youtube.



The School of Art Tour Day includes a presentation about the majors in the School of Art (Studio Art, Art History and Art Education) as well as information about study abroad opportunities, faculty mentoring and professional academic advising, scholarships and more. Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to meet the director of the School of Art, the professional academic advisor and current art students for a question-and-answer session. More information on our Center for Visual Arts and its facilities can be viewed at

Contact: Marie Bukowski, Director, and Professor, School of Art,


Date Time Register
February 12, 2021 1 p.m. School of Art Registration Form
February 26, 2021 1 p.m. School of Art Registration Form
March 12, 2021 1 p.m. School of Art Registration Form
March 26, 2021 1 p.m. School of Art Registration Form
April 9, 2021 1 p.m. School of Art Registration Form
April 23, 2021 1 p.m. School of Art Registration Form

Capacity: 12 student registrants



Discover Theatre Days

The School of Theatre and Dance Discover Theatre and Dance Days are remote information session that provide a comprehensive overview of the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University. Attendees will meet Theatre and Dance faculty and current students, and will receive information on our majors, such as musical theatre, performance, and design and technology. Once you register for the event, you will be emailed a confirmation and link for the Zoom call. Registration links are below:

Choose one of the following dates to visit the Theatre Program in the School of Theatre and Dance.

Date Time Register
February 10, 2021  3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Theatre Program Registration Form
March 3, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Theatre Program Registration Form
March 31, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Theatre Program Registration Form

Event Capacity: 24
Event Contact: Professor Dan Nadon,


The School of Theatre and Dance offers two majors and minors in Dance. You can learn more information about the Dance program through attending the Discover Theatre and Dance event, listed above. Prospective students can also email Professor Jeffrey Rockland, our
Dance Division Coordinator at



School of Music

Music Open House (Fall semester only)

The School of Music Open House is a visitation program for high school students, transfer students, parents and teachers. This year, the remote information session will happen Saturday, November 7th. Participants will be able to meet current faculty in their areas of interest and get to know some current students, tips for college level auditions, and much more. We hope you can join us! Registration will open in late September. 



Fab Friday Series


The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music sponsors an on-site music clinic for area youth music groups, the Fab Friday series, in cooperation with the Division of Bands and the Department of Music Education at Kent State University. Fab Friday programs offer the opportunity for young students to bring instrumental music groups to the Glauser School to work with the conducting staff, applied faculty, graduate assistants and current music students. 


For more information about the Fab Friday Series:
Band directors may contact
Orchestra directors may contact the School of Music office at 330-672-2172.

Register for a Music Sample Lesson Day

Music Sample Lesson Day is a comprehensive program for prospective high school junior, senior and college transfer students interested in being music majors or minors. This program offers attendees the opportunity to take a sample lesson on your main instrument and connect with School of Music faculty in your area of interest. To set up a Music Sample Lesson Day or learn more, please click on the link below:

Schedule a Music Sample Lesson Day

Open Rehearsal Events

This spring, our Gospel Choir and Coro Cantare are holding open rehearsals for students interested in learning more about ensembles at Kent State University. Students from all majors are welcome, and participatns will be sent music in advance so that they can participate in the class. The end of the session features a question and answer session with current students to learn more about life at Kent. Both sessions will be hosted via Zoom. Zoom link and required music will be sent upon registering. Registration below:

School of Music: Coro Cantare Open Rehearsal
Monday, March 15, 1:10 pm to 2 pm

School of Music: Gospel Choir Open Rehearsal
Monday, March 15, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Special Group Visits

Schools or community groups with prospective college students may coordinate a visit in the School of Art, School of Music, or School of Theatre & Dance. Currently, we cannot host guests or visitors on campus. However, we are interested in providing information sessions for your students or class. If you are interested in having us provide a remote information session, please fill out the link below and we will follow up with you. 

 School Visit Information Form