College of Fine Arts degree programs in music, theatre, and dance are nationally accredited by

  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • American Alliance of Museums

OnStage Blog

  • OnStage Blog listed Ball State’s theatre program among “The Top 30 College Acting/Performing Arts Programs for 2019-2020.”

College Factual

  • In 2019, College Factual ranked Ball State’s theatre program No. 21 as a “Best Value for the Money” in its annual nationwide ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. Ball State was also No. 1 in Indiana.

Graphic Design USA Magazine

  • For the fourth year in a row, Ball State School of Art has been included in the Top Design School listing by Graphic Design USA Magazine.


  • The Theatre Education Program has a nearly 100% placement upon graduation.
  • Our music media production program is one of only a few of its kind in the nation, blending science and music and encouraging students to explore electronic music with the latest digital technology.
  • Ball State's Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet is one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished chamber ensembles of its kind.
  • The School of Music is an All-Steinway School, where all pianos used by music students for practicing or performing are Steinway.
  • The Jazz Lab Ensemble has performed four times at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the world's largest music festival and leading jazz festival, and most recently at Dizzy's Club - Jazz at Lincoln Center, by invitation of Wynton Marsalis.
  • Since 1964, the Ball State University Singers have been recognized as one of America's top collegiate entertainment organizations, performing as Indiana's Official Goodwill Ambassadors in nearly 20 countries, at major entertainment competitions, and at presidential inaugurations, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York City.
  • The Music Instruction Building features a 600-seat "tunable" performance hall, a digital studio that can record performances in the hall and practice rooms, and state-of-the-art music technology studios.
  • Since 2004, students from the Department of Theatre and Dance have been invited as national qualifiers to the yearly Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), one of the nation's premier events for collegiate theatre programs.
  • With more than 11,000 works in its collection, the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University is one of four art museums in Indiana with a notable, well-rounded collection, and the only such facility in east central Indiana and is nationally recognized for excellence through accreditation from the American Association of Museums.