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College of the Arts

College Information

Dean: Raymond Torres-Santos

Associate Dean: Vacant

Executive Assistant to the Deans: Katy Kroll

Director, University Art Museum: Christopher Scoates

Executive Director, Carpenter Performing Arts Center: Michelle Roberge

College Office: Academic Services 115
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-4364 / 985-7883


  • Art: Christopher Miles, Chair (562) 985-4376
  • Dance: Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, Chair (562) 985‑4747
  • Design: Dorothy Ottolia, Chair (562) 985‑5089
  • Film and Electronic Arts: Micheal C. Pounds, Chair (562) 985-5404
  • Music: Carolyn Bremer, Chair (562) 985-4781;
  • John A. Carnahan, Director (562) 985‑4781
  • Theatre Arts: Joanne Gordon, Chair (562) 985‑7891


The mission of the College of the Arts is to provide a dynamic, contemporary learning environment that honors tradition, embraces diversity, inspires innovation, and strives for excellence. Our faculty of artists, educators, and scholars is committed to challenging students intellectually, creatively, and professionally, while encouraging them to find their individual artistic voices. The College produces and brings the highest level of art, teaching, and scholarship to our community in the form of concerts, exhibitions and installations, films, performances, publications, and emerging media.

Programs at a Glance

Bachelor of Arts:

  • Art
    • Options in: Studio Art, Art History, Art Education
  • Dance
    • Option in Dance Science
  • Design
  • Film and Electronic Arts
    • Options in: Film and Electronic Media, Film and Video Production
  • Music
  • Theatre Arts
    • Options in: Performance, Technical Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts:

  • Art
    • Options in: Art Photography, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, 3-D Media (Fiber, Metal or Wood), Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Interior Design

Bachelor of Music:

  • Options in: Choral-Voice Music, Composition, History and Literature, Instrumental Music, Performance

Bachelor of Science:

  • Industrial Design


  • Biomedical Illustration (undergraduate) (Art)
  • Museum Studies (graduate) (Art)


  • Dance
  • Film and Electronic Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre Arts


  • Art Education
  • Music

Master of Arts:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Music

Master of Fine Arts:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre Arts
    • Options in: Theatre Management, Technical Theatre, Acting

Master of Music

MBA/MFA in Theatre Management


The following departments are accredited by the specialized accrediting agencies for their disciplines: Art (The National Association of Schools of Art and Design); Dance (The National Association of Schools of Dance); Design (The National Association of Schools of Art and Design); The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (The National Association of Schools of Music); and Theatre (The National Association of Schools of Theatre).

Exhibitions and Performances

Major performance and exhibition facilities include the University Art Museum (the only accredited museum in the CSU system), five Art Department Galleries, the University Theatre, performances by the California Repertory Company (the Theatre Arts Department's graduate and professional theatre program), the Studio Theatre, the Royal Theatre at the Queen Mary, the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater, and the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. In these and other venues, the College of the Arts hosts over 500 exhibitions, performances, and other special events each year.