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.

400 Performing & Visual Arts Events Per Year
Top Rank Art, Theatre, and Fashion Programs
26 Academic Minors Open To All Students

News from the College of the Arts


KENT, OH – The School of Fashion at Kent State University is pleased to announce British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes as the 2024 Hall of Fame Inductee.

  • Several Kent State University students, including Julia Fedor, Gabriel MacWilliams, Emilee Sanor, Emma Grace Homoky, Sarah Basler, Brian Ruppel and Jake McQuaid participated in the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Intercollegiate Band April 4- 6.

  • The Kent State University Women’s Center kicked off the first annual G.E.A.R. Awards this semester. The G.E.A.R. Awards stands for Gender, Equity, Advocacy and Representation. In the College of the Arts, Caitlin Kane, Ph.D., Linda Hoeptner-Poling, Ph.D. and Sohaela Rojas, a fashion merchandising student, were nominated for the award. 

  • On March 20-22, the School of Fashion’s KnitLAB hosted KnitFUTURES: a symposium to energize the advancement of knitting to support people, environment, and place across disciplines, and to engage researchers from both academia and industry for conversation, knowledge exchange and collaboration.

  • The Living in The Arts Living-Learning Community, located in Prentice Hall, opened the doors to its new and improved studio space with an open house to explore and learn about all the new attributes of the updated creative studio.  

  • Olivia Meyer, a senior Honors College fashion merchandising student, has won the Chairman's Award for the Fashion Scholarship Fund 2024 Case Study Competition. Meyer competed against hundreds of other applicants across the country, creating an ESG-focused case study for the brand Sheertex. 

  • Student Spotlight: Teresa Morek

    Meet Teresa Morek!

    “I chose Kent State because of the amazing art program, beautiful campus, safety and inclusivity,” said Teresa, “I knew from the day I toured campus that Kent was exactly what I wanted and that I didn't even need to look anywhere else.”

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Tour Our Spaces in 360

Students in the College of the Arts have access to versatile and expansive spaces in the Center for the Performing Arts, Center for the Visual Arts, Rockwell Hall, the KSU Museum, and Cartwright Hall. Explore these spaces in 360-degree imaging!

  • 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.