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Dean: Cyrus Parker-Jeannette

Associate Dean: Margaret Black

Executive Assistant to the Dean: Emily Colville

Receptionist and Assistant to the Associate Dean: Pedro Castro

Director, University Art Museum: TBA

Executive Director, Carpenter Performing Arts Center: Michele Roberge

College Office: Academic Services 115

Telephone: (562) 985-4364 - Fax: (562) 985-7883


  • School of Art: Dr. Karen Kleinfelder, Director (562) 985-7908
  • Department of Dance: Andy Vaca, Chair (562) 985-4747
  • Department of Design: Martin Herman, Chair (562) 985-5046
  • Department of Film and Electronic Arts: Jerry Mosher, Chair (562) 985-2247
  • The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music: Carolyn Bremer, Director (562) 985-4781
  • Department of Theatre Arts: TBA


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
    • Dance
    • Option in Dance Science
  • Film and Electronic Arts
    • Options in: Theory and Practice of Cinema, Narrative 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/Animation, 3-D Media (Fiber, Metal or Wood), Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Interior Design

Bachelor of Music:

  • Options in: Choral-Vocal 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

Single Subject Teaching Credentials:

  • Art
  • 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 disciplines are accredited by the noted specialized accrediting agency:

School of Art

  • The National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Department of Dance

  • The National Association of Schools of Dance

Department of Design

  • The National Association of Schools of Art and Design

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

  • The National Association of Schools of Music

Department of Theatre

  • The National Association of Schools of Theatre

Exhibitions and Performances

Major performance and exhibition facilities include the University Art Museum, five School of Art 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.

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