From working side by side with acclaimed artists to countless opportunities to showcase your talent on and off campus, Wichita State's College of Fine Arts provides an environment where you can train like a professional—and gain the skills, connections and confidence to launch your dream career.

Music theatre students perform at "Seussical"

On stage and on display, a larger audience awaits

On campus, Shocker fine arts students in every discipline can hone their skills and share their talent, thanks to more than 500 annual performances, presentations and exhibitions. Off campus, Wichita’s galleries, theatres and music halls give our students virtually limitless opportunities to learn, network, exhibit and perform. 

Simply put—we make art. And we teach you to make art.


Update to our 2020-21 Season

The College of Fine Arts has always been committed to providing the highest quality in arts programming. We recognize, however, that current circumstances necessitate changes in the presentation of this programming. Some may be live with limited audience participation, and some will be totally presented on virtual platforms!

Our promise is to keep you informed of these changes as we navigate this situation together – through our website, newsletters and social media. We appreciate your continued support and feedback.

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Elevate your passion

Whether you want to perform, create, teach or work behind the curtain, WSU offers a diverse range of quality, accredited degree programs and industry connections to put you on the path to a career in the arts. WSU's commitment to interdisciplinary experiences means you'll try new things and interact with students from other colleges on innovative projects along the way.

CFA Schools

The College of Fine Arts is one of the most respected colleges of visual and performing arts in the nation. Our exceptional faculty will give you the personal training, support and perspective you need to fulfill the potential within.

Fine art student in printmaking studio

The School of Art, Design and Creative Industries (ADCI) is an academic hub for contemporary art, innovative design, fresh thinking, collaboration and creative risk-taking.

Students in recording studio at Shocker Studios.

Get the skills you'll need for a dream career in the video game, film or recording industry with Wichita State's innovative Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) in Media Arts Degree, one of the only degrees of its kind in the U.S.

Orchestra practice

Wichita State's School of Music delivers unmatched opportunities and resources students need to become tomorrow’s musical innovators. You'll receive the skills and knowledge to transform from a good musician into a great musician.

Student theatre performance

The School of Performing Arts is known for its professionalism and quality productions in dance, music theatre and theatre.

Cutting-edge Facilities

With seven buildings dedicated solely to the arts, Wichita State is an ideal habitat for artists, musicians and actors. Our campus and city are dotted with galleries, theaters, performance spaces and studios.

Shocker Studios film making

Shocker Studios

Shocker Studios is home to WSU's innovative Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Arts program, and features high-tech studios for audio production, game design, video, motion capture and animation.

Ulrich museum entrance and Miro

Ulrich Museum of Art

WSU’s Ulrich Museum of Art is home to more than 6,000 works, including one of the largest and most renowned outdoor sculpture collections of its kind. Artists also have access to many student-run galleries, including ShiftSpace, located in downtown Wichita.

Marcussen Organ in Weideman

Wiedemann Hall

Wiedemann Hall is home to The Great Marcussen Organ, the first of its kind to be built in North America. The 425-seat hall houses recitals and small ensemble performances. Large ensembles and operas perform in the 530-seat Miller Concert Hall inside the adjacent Duerksen Fine Arts Center.

Wilner Auditorium

Wilner Auditorium

600-seat Wilner Auditorium is home to the WSU School of Performing Arts and serves as the main stage for theatre activities. It is one of four theaters at WSU, including the 100-seat Welsbacher Black Box Theatre, which houses student-led productions.

Dance student

Academic Advising at Wichita State University is a personalized way to explore options and make good decisions that help you attain your educational and career goals.

Saxophone player performing Jazz

The WSU College of Fine Arts offers program-specific scholarships that are audition (or portfolio) based. In addition, eligible Shocker fine arts students have access to general scholarships—including freshmen merit scholarships worth up to $24,000—and other forms of financial aid. 

WSU creates new School of Digital Arts

Two years after the successful launch of Wichita State University’s Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) in Media Arts program, the university has created the new School of Digital Arts. The school will be the fourth school within WSU’s College of Fine Arts and will encompass the BAA program, which includes concentrations in animation, audio production, filmmaking, game design and collaborative design.

Digital Arts students in Shocker Studios

College of Fine Arts news

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Senior Honors student Sarah Myose designed and painted a mural on the Clinton Hall staircase.
Wichita State student Sarah Myose had the winning entry in a competition to paint a mural on the Clinton Hall stairs. Their inspiration came from her time teaching children to paint dandelions and they completed the mural just in time for the start of the fall semester.
WSU Opera

The Wichita State Opera Theater and the WSU Symphony Wind Ensemble presented the North American premiere of “The Path to Heaven”, a one-act opera that tells the story of young people as they face the horrors of the holocaust.

WSU dance class

Watch Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “the Zone” along with other exceptional works of contemporary choreography at the Kansas Dance Festival at WSU.

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