In the College of the Arts we are makers, doers and trailblazers. The work of students, faculty and guest artists encompasses a broad range of visual, performing and design arts. Our concert halls, theatres and galleries bring the creative collaboration of students and faculty to the mainstream of campus and community cultural life. Professional internships and study away/study abroad opportunities and other off-campus experiences enhance career entry in every area of the arts.

These varied resources, along with Kent Core courses, provide a professional, hands-on studio-based experience with a strong liberal arts foundation. The cultural diversity of our students and faculty, the professional collaborations maintained by our schools and the enlivening environment of a comprehensive teaching and research university allow us to fulfill our mission to empower global leaders who ignite creativity, inspire discovery and transform all lives through the arts.

Your support for the College of the Arts will empower our students to transform the world and lead as innovators and global changemakers advancing creative and collaborative culture.

Support the College

In order to prepare our students for the 21st century with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to become active, creative professionals, the College of the Arts is focusing on these key priorities:


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  • Merit, Need and Talent-Based Scholarships – There are so many students who have the talent and drive to succeed, but who lack financial means. You can contribute to a scholarship that can change the course of a student’s life, and help the College of the Arts continue to be a place where great ideas, great works and great people are cultivated. 
  • Study Away/Study Abroad Scholarships – Because global links are important to our student’s education, the college offers multiple opportunities for them to be involved in international programs. Study tours to Europe and Asia are offered on a regular basis. An approved study-away experience is required for all fashion students prior to graduation. These opportunities are also highly encouraged for students in art, music and theatre and dance. 
  • Rockwell Hall Expansion – Thanks to its international standing as a highly ranked fashion program, the population of the Fashion School has grown exponentially. Additional room in Rockwell Hall is needed to accommodate this growth. The expansion will be anchored by a 500-seat multi-use space, with additional space for labs, classrooms and our unique Knit and Textile Labs. The new facility will also provide space to combine the Museum Store and the Fashion School Store. The goal is to open by fall of 2021.
  • School of Music Expansion – The School of Music is in great need of practice spaces and labs for its many talented students. We have simply outgrown our existing facilities. Various spaces are even being rented at other buildings to accommodate the need. The need for additional scholarship support is also an important necessity in order to attract and retain the most talented and deserving music students.

Support the College

Each of our schools within the college produce graduates in a variety of degrees that are poised to serve as global changemakers in an array of creative fields, ranging from visual artists and art educators, merchandisers and fashion designers, music educators and professional musicians, musical theatre performers, actors, theatre technology professionals and dancers. 

To support specific programs and areas of study, please select a school below:

School of Art
School of Art General Fund 
Kent Blossom Art Fund 

School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
Rockwell Hall Expansion
School of Fashion General Fund 

School of Music
Hugh A. Glauser School of Music General Fund 
Kent Blossom Music
School of Theatre & Dance
Porthouse Theatre
School of Theatre and Dance General Fund

KSU Museum
KSU Museum General Fund

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