College of The Arts
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The CSULB College of the Arts (COTA) is a community of artists and scholars providing access to affordable, quality education in the arts for a diverse population of students who will shape the culture of tomorrow. This community is committed to enhancing collaborative and interdisciplinary activities across the campus while maintaining the highest quality of learning and training for our student artists.


The College of the Arts strives to embrace and engage a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and community participants in the production and discourse of the arts—empowering the artists, scholars, educators, audiences, and advocates who will shape the culture of the twenty-first century.

College Highlights

Now celebrating its milestone twentieth anniversary, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center presents an eclectic mix of world-class professional performances to more than 150,000 patrons each year.

Regularly recognized for excellence by the American College Dance Festival Association, the Department of Dance is one of the top university dance programs in the country.

The Design Department collaborates on a wide range of creative interdisciplinary projects (including the design and construction of a race car) with on- and off-campus partners.

Many graduates of the Department of Film and Electronic Arts — including two-time Academy Award winner Karen Baker Landers (Sound Editing) — have found success in the film and television industries.

The Department of Theatre Arts prepares students for entertainment careers and for highly selective graduate programs at Yale, NYU, Juilliard, Columbia, USC, and other top institutions.

The School of Art is among the largest, most diverse, and most comprehensive schools of art in the country.

The accredited and award-winning University Art Museum is home to a growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and curated exhibitions spanning twentieth-and twenty-first-century art and culture.

Fundraising Opportunities

Support for Programs

"ArtsBridge" Endowment. "ArtsBridge" is a program that engages well-qualified COTA students to deliver, in partnership with classroom teachers and under the close supervision of faculty mentors, high-quality, hands-on, standards-based arts education to local K-12 children in low-performing schools.

Support for Capital Projects

University Theatre Renovation. Built in 1951, the University Theatre is a 378-seat facility that must be updated in order to continue to produce industry-ready graduates. The updates will include new digital equipment, state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and new carpeting and upholstery.

"Sculpture Adoption Program" Endowment. The creation of an endowment for the “Sculpture Adoption Program” will support a Sculpture Symposium and a Partnership Conference with the Getty Conservation Institution. It will also ensure that maintenance and conservation will be provided for the university’s iconic 21-piece Monumental Sculpture Collection.


Cyrus Parker-Jeannette | Dean
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