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.

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Our Innovative Approach

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.

 

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 Departments 

The College of Fine Arts is one of the most respected schools 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.

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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.

Artist painting

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.

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

student dancers

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.

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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.

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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.

Shockers help create downtown street mural

WSU students in a class taught by ShiftSpace Gallery Director Kristin Beal, helped plan and execute the Douglas Design District street mural, a project that has helped add vibrancy to one of Wichita's thriving arts and entertainment districts.  

Students in Beal's Intro to Community & Social Practice class worked with Josh Tripoli, the project's director, to develop plans to safely transport the stencils, and create a system for managing volunteers and ensuring that the design colors were applied correctly.

Shocker Students work on a Douglas Design District Street Mural
 
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. 

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WSU Grad Alyssa Johnson - Wichita with Love
With help and encouragement from the WSU community, 2018 graduate Alyssa Johnson launched Wichita With Love, a Wichita clothing shop that sells screen printed graphic tees, buttons, pins, tote bags and her signature accessory, a knotted headband.
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WSU grad Angela Parrish

Wichita State grad Angela Parrish landed her first major gig as a featured vocalist in the widely heralded film “La La Land." Parrish’s is the first voice heard in the movie – as a soloist in the opening song, “Another Day of Sun.”

Payton Dickerson

Wichita State University Technical and Theatre Design major Payton Dickerson spent a summer interning as a junior cutter and draper for Trollwood Performing Arts School. Among her projects including creating a costume for Mrs. Potts, the talking, singing teapot character in “Beauty and the Beast.”

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