Advising and Student Resources

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Name
Position
  • Marvin Dewitt

    Marvin Dewitt Academic Advisor

    Marvin Dewitt headshotPosition:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7754
    Email: mdewitt6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: CP 302K


     
  • Tori Thompson

    Tori Thompson Academic Advisor

    Tori ThompsonPosition:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-4926
    Email: vthomp13@kennesaw.edu
    Location: CP 302N


     
  • Sara Wilgus

    Sara Wilgus Academic Advisor

    Sara Wilgus HeadshotPosition:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-3910
    Email: swilgus@kennesaw.edu
    Location: CP 302L


     

General advising questions? Please email artsadvising@kennesaw.edu

Virtual Appointments
Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm

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Name
Position
  • Hannah Buhler

    Hannah Buhler Administrative Specialist V

    Position:
    Administrative Specialist V

    Phone: (470) 578-7673
    Email: hbuhler@kennesaw.edu
    Location: CP 306P


     
  • Amy Reynolds

    Amy Reynolds Academic Advisor

    Amy Reynolds HeadshotPosition:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7595
    Email: areyno35@kennesaw.edu
    Location: CP 302O


     

General advising questions? Please email artsadvising@kennesaw.edu

Virtual Appointments
Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm

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Name
Position
  • Marvin Dewitt

    Marvin Dewitt Academic Advisor

    Marvin Dewitt HeadshotPosition:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7754
    Email: mdewitt6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: CP 302K


     

General advising questions? Please email artsadvising@kennesaw.edu

Virtual Appointments
Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm

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Name
Position
  • Amy Reynolds

    Amy Reynolds Academic Advisor

    Amy Reynolds headshotPosition:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7595
    Email: areyno35@kennesaw.edu
    Location: CP 302O


     
  • Karen Robinson

    Karen Robinson Assistant Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and Artistic Director and Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies

    Position:
    Assistant Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and Artistic Director and Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies

    Phone: (470) 578-4446
    Email: krobins1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WB 245


     

General advising questions? Please email artsadvising@kennesaw.edu

Virtual Appointments
Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm

  • Course Substitution Form: https://ksucollegeofthearts.wufoo.com/forms/substitution-request-form/

    Course substitution is the process of using one or more courses to satisfy specific course requirements within a degree program. This process requires approval and can take up to two weeks to appear on DegreeWorks.

    Course substitutions are used in situations such as:

    • Transfer credit that satisfies a degree requirement but needs to be moved on your DegreeWorks
    • A course (with prior approval) was taken to satisfy a degree requirement
    • Internship credit that has been approved to satisfy a specific course requirement
    • Please submit your request in a timely fashion especially if the substitution affects your financial aid.


    Course Override Form: https://ksucollegeofthearts.wufoo.com/forms/override-request-form/

    Course override is the process of receiving prior approval from the department to register for a specific course. Please note: you will need to register for the course through your Owl Express once the override is approved.

    Course overrides are used in situations such as:

    • A registration error was received and you met the course prerequisite or received prior approval
    • Transfer students please note: you may need to submit an override request form each semester if your transfer course is counting as a prerequisite
    • A closed course requires prior department approval
    • Please submit your request in a timely fashion especially during registration as classes fill up quickly. Requests will be handled in the order in which they are received. 
  • If you are transferring into the School of Art and Design from another school, please email artsadmissions@kennesaw.edu for important information on our portfolio requirements.
    • Define and clarify academic goals
    • Apply to programs
    • Monitor the progress you are making towards your degree
    • Ensure the correct course sequencing
    • Register for courses
    • Learn about academic policies and procedures
      • Counseling and psychological services
      • First year and major advising
      • Financial aid
      • University admissions
      • University housing
      • CARE center
      • Health clinic
      • Tutoring/writing centers

     

  • You may find more information about College of the Arts academic programs at the following links:

    Undergraduate Catalog

    Art & Design Academic Programs

    Dance Academic Programs

    Music Academic Programs

    Theatre & Performance Studies Academic Program

  • Internships are valuable tools in translating classroom theory to real-life skill. The Department of Career Planning & Development can help you consider what internship will suit your needs. 

    Information is available on the College of the Arts page on the Department of Career Planning and Development Arts website, including details of the academic requirements by major. If you have questions, please reach out to COTA's Career & Internship Advisor, Claire Beaudro, tel. (470) 578-6555 or email cbeaudro@kennesaw.edu

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    The College of the Arts has a dedicated Career & Internship Advisor, Claire Beaudro. Claire is ready to answer your questions about anything career-related and looks forward to meeting you. Questions? Ready to make an appointment? Book an appointment online or call the Department of Career Planning and Development at 470-578-6555.

    Career Planning and Development has a host of student resources available on their site. You may also find these online resources particularly helpful as you prepare for your career.

    The National Association of Colleges and Employers emphasizes career competencies essential to student success after graduation. This article describes the top four competencies desired by employers that you are learning here in COTA!

  • In the College of the Arts we recognize that you are a dedicated artist/scholar with a deep commitment to the arts and that you have made a brave choice to pursue your passion. It is our mission to make sure that you have access to the resources you need to achieve your goals. 

    • Freshmen applicants fall into two categories at Kennesaw State:

      A. Students who have never attended another college and have graduated from high school within the last five years are considered traditional freshmen. 
      B. Students who graduated from high school within the last five years, have attended another college or university, but have earned less than 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferrable college credit are considered transfer freshmen. 

      In order to gain acceptance into a major in the College of the Arts as either a freshmen or transfer freshmen, follow the steps detailed below:

      1. Submit your application to KSU

         a. Freshmen Admission Requirements

      2. Review and complete the admission requirements for your intended major. 

    • Students who have completed at least 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of college credit are considered to be transfer students. If this does not apply to you, please refer to the admission information for freshman above. In order to be accepted into a College of the Arts Program as a transfer student, you must do the following:

      1. Submit your application to KSU

      a. Transfer Admission Requirements

      2. Review and complete the admission requirements for your intended major.  

     

  • If you are currently enrolled at Kennesaw State University and interested in becoming a major in the College of the Arts, we welcome your interest in our programs. Please be aware that acceptance to many of our majors involves some additional steps either prior to or in addition to declaring your intent to change majors. Please carefully read the information about your intended major/degree prior to proceeding, and review the next section "Declare a Major." 

    • The School of Art & Design offers six degree programs, three minor programs, and one certificate program for aspiring artists, historians, and teachers: 

      • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, with concentrations in ceramics, drawing and painting, graphic communications, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sequential art and Illustration. 
      • The Bachelor of Science in Art Education
      • The Bachelor of Arts in Art History
      • BFA in Digital Animation
      • BAT in Apparel Textile Technology
      • Master of Arts in Teaching Art
      • Minor in Apparel and Textiles
      • Minor in Art History
      • Minor in Classical Studies
      • Certificate in Apparel Product Development


      If you are interested in pursuing either the B.F.A. or the B.S., you must apply directly to the School of Art & Design and submit a portfolio of your work. Please note that as these are professional degree programs, the earlier you begin your course of study, the better. Do not wait to complete your General Education coursework before applying, as it is unusual that students can complete these degrees in less than three years from the time of acceptance to the major.

      There are specific deadlines by which you must submit your portfolio, and it is important that you submit your portfolio as early in your college career as possible. At the same time that you submit your portfolio, you can also request credit for studio art courses based on courses taken at another college or university. Carefully review the information on the School of Art & Design website before you submit your portfolio:

      Art Admission Information 

      If you are interested in B.A. in Art History, you may declare the major by filling out a form in the School of Art and Design Office, or by requesting it through Owl Express.

    • Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with concentrations in ballet and modern/contemporary, as well as a 15-hour dance minor. 

      If you are interested in pursuing the B.A. in Dance, you must apply directly to the Department of Dance and complete an audition for the faculty. 

      Auditions are held on specific dates each year, and you must submit your application at least one week in advance of your selected date. 

      Our dance minor may be an option for you if you wish to continue your dance training while pursuing another major at KSU. An audition is not required for the dance minor; contact the Department of Dance directly for more information.

      Dance Academic and Audition Requirements

    • The School of Music has highly engaged faculty, committed students, and dynamic programs designed to help you become an accomplished performer, teacher, and scholar in the 21st Century. 

      Degrees offered:

      • The Bachelor of Music in Performance, with concentrations in instrumental performance, jazz, piano, and voice
      • The Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with concentrations in band, choral, general (elementary), and orchestra
      • The Bachelor of Arts in Music with concentrations in composition, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, and voice. 

      All programs in music, including the minor, require a separate application to the School of Music, and an audition on a principal applied instrument or voice. If you are interested in the B.A. or in music education, you will also be asked to complete an interview with the faculty. If you are interested in composition, you will submit a portfolio of work in addition to your audition and interview. 

      Please note: You must be in good academic standing with the university (minimum 2.0 adjusted GPA) in order to become a major or minor in the School of Music.

      Auditions are held on specific dates each year (in November for January acceptance, and November, February or March for August acceptance). It is important that you apply and audition as early in your college career as possible, as it is unusual that you would be able to complete a degree in music in less than three years from the time you are accepted as a major. Carefully review the information about auditions on the website below before applying:

      Music Admissions Information 

      Our music minor may be an option for you if you wish to continue your music training while pursuing another major at KSU. Contact the Department of Music directly for more information.

      All ensembles are open to any student, and, while some do require an audition for placement, others are open to any student who wishes to participate. The ensemble auditions are separate from admission auditions.

      Music Ensemble Information

    • The Department of Theatre & Performance Studies is a distinctive undergraduate program that includes theatrical production, musical theatre, storytelling, performance of literature, performance art, and the performance of self in everyday life. 

      The Department of Theatre & Performance Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Performance Studies with concentrations in acting, performance studies, design/technology, and musical theatre. 

      Please note: While no audition is required to become a major, you must have a minimum 3.0 adjusted GPA to become a major. 

      Theatre Admissions Information

      Auditions are held separately each semester for theatre and musical theatre productions, the KSU Tellers storytelling ensemble, the Kennesaw Improv Society (K.I.S.S.), the Music Theatre Ensemble, and the Music Theatre Practicum. Typically, these fall within the first full week of classes each semester, and often in late April or May for early productions the following fall.

      

  • Whether your College of the Arts student is your first child to attend college, or whether you are a seasoned parent of college students, we recognize that your role in your student’s life changes dramatically when they come to us. The information below is intended to help you understand this new role, and become an effective partner in your student’s success. 

    • The Art Career Mentoring Service is a listing of "This Week's Art Shows" and "Exhibition Opportunities" created by Professor Robert Sherer and other School of Art and Design personnel. It is a free Email service enabling awareness of opportunities and events to students and friends of the KSU community.

      Register Now
    • Animation Studio Society: Craig Brasco & Sandee Chamberlain
      Art History Club: Diana McClintock
      Graphic Design: Kennesaw: Kristine Hwang
      Mudslingers: Jeff Campana
      National Art Education Association: Rick Garner
      Print Club: Valerie Dibble
      Sculpture Club: Keith Smith

    • Visions Student Art Guild: Jonathan Fisher
      Darkslide (Photography): Matt Haffner

     

  • Pathways to Success at KSU Quick Reference Guide 

    • Office
      Phone
      Campus Location
      More Information
    • Office of the Dean
      (470) 578-6742
      Wilson Building, 201
    • Box Office
      (470) 578-6650
      Bailey Performance Center and Stillwell Theater
    • School of Music
      (470) 578-6151
      Wilson Building, 111
    • Theatre & Performance
      (470) 578-3123
      Wilson Building, 249
    • Visual Arts
      (470) 578-6139
      Visual Arts Building 202
    • Dance
      (470) 578-7673
      Chastain Pointe
    • Admissions
      (770) 423-6300
      Town Pointe
    • Bursar
      (470) 578-6419
      Student Center, 236
    • Financial Aid
      (470) 423-6074
      Kennesaw Hall
    • Financial Hardship
      N/A
      N/A
    • Scholarships
      (470) 423-6074
      Town Pointe, 4th floor
    • Card Services
      (470) 578-3436
      Student Center, 2nd floor
    • Career Planning & Development
      (470) 578-6555
      WB 209
    • Counseling
      (470) 578-6600
      Kennesaw Hall, 2401
    • CARE
      (470) 578-5260
      Kennesaw Hall, 2401
    • Disability Services
      (470) 578-2666
      Student Center, 269B
    • Health Clinic
      (470) 578-6644
      Various Locations
    • Housing
      (470) 578-5483
      3805 Canton Place
    • Math & Science Lab (SMART Center)
      (470) 578-6044
      Suite 433 in Sturgis
    • Orientation
      (470) 578-6219
      Student Center, 156
    • Police
      (470) 578-6666
      Public Safety bldg #20
    • Registrar
      (770) 423-6200
      Kennesaw Hall
    • Study Abroad
      (470) 578-6336
      Town Pointe, 1700
    • Technology Support
      (470) 578-3555
    • Veterans Resource Center
      (470) 578-2970
      Willingham Hall, 200
    • Writing Center
      (470) 578-6380
      English Building, 242

     

 

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