College of Fine Arts


The College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University is the state’s only comprehensive college of its kind, enhancing artistic excellence through teaching, learning and expression. The college educates more than 1,000 visual, digital, musical and performing artists and scholars annually across its four schools – Art, Design and Creative Industries, Digital Arts, Music, and Performing Arts. 

The premier education offered in the College of Fine Arts is enhanced by support of the College of Fine Arts Shocker Fund, which provides unrestricted funding to areas of need, including applied learning opportunities, networking and mentorship, and community projects.  

Want to get more specific? You can donate directly to the School of Digital Arts or the other three schools within the College of Fine Arts through their respective donor-pooled support groups: Art and Design Advocates, Music Associates or the Performing Arts Angels to help students achieve their goals. 

Your support makes an incredible difference! 

Wichita State Audio Production student recording a student at Shocker Studios

An audio production student uses state-of-the-art equipment at WSU Shocker Studios.

By the numbers

500 – Performances/presentations given every academic year.
450 – Arts-related entities in the Wichita area that have a relationship with the college.
85% – Members of the professional Wichita Symphony Orchestra from the WSU College of Fine Arts.

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Want to make a major impact?

Our Senior Director of Development, Ann Marie Siegwarth, can help connect your passions with opportunities to make a difference. Reach her at

Wichita State Shocker Sound Machine, perhaps the only basketball court marching band in the country, perform at Charles Koch Arena

Wichita State Shocker Sound Machine, perhaps the only basketball court marching band in the country, performs at Charles Koch Arena.

Wichita State Studio Arts student adds the finishing touches

A studio arts student adds the finishing touches to a painting.

The Theory of Relativity production photo with Guest Director Emily Pirtle Orr

The Theory of Relativity production, with guest Director Emily Pirtle Orr.

Give the gift of a creative education

If you are reading this, it means you understand how meaningful a fine arts education can be. The success of our programs is demonstrated in the alumni who are changing the world through their art. When our students are equipped to succeed, they put in the hard work to make it happen. Ours is a different type of education, based as much on practice as theory, and it is incredibly powerful. With your support, we can make a fine arts education – a creative, innovative, critical-thinking education – more accessible and more impactful than ever before. Your gift makes a difference.

At right: Your support helps students like Aaron Fink, a senior majoring in music with an emphasis in voice, who, over the past year, worked to bring his musical Girl in Blue to life. Listen to what he has to say about the process and how his instructors at Wichita State helped along the way.

Video courtesy of WSU Admissions Shock Doc

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Because of you

Your gift to the Shocker Fund provides flexible resources to meet the changing needs of our students. More students will have access to programs that enhance their college experience, like tutoring, study abroad, applied learning conferences and competitions, and community service opportunities.

Last year, College of Fine Arts students received $33,927 from 367 individual gifts. So far this year, students have received $25,655. With your help, we can beat the previous year’s total so that more students will receive the critical support they need. Make your gift to the College of Fine Arts Shocker Fund today.

On behalf of Wichita State students, thank you Shocker Nation.