Home to six exceptional academic departments, with more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students working toward a university degree in one of those areas, the CSULB College of the Arts is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious public-supported teaching institutions for the arts west of the Mississippi. Our core values are spelled out in our name:
Aesthetic, analytical and conceptual thinking
Synergy of six departments
Supporting the mission of the College are two unique ancillary organizations – The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center and the University Arts Museum –each offering its own strengths and expertise to the College, its students, faculty, staff, alumni and our community at large.
We fully support the Teaching-Intensive mission driving our college, believing this sets us apart, earning our distinction from other university-based arts programs.
We believe Human Expression is central to a culture’s quality of life and its legacy, affirming no place provides a better training ground and foundation for developing tools for that expression than a university-based arts program.
We are an Evolutionary-minded college, constantly striving for the next level of creative excellence.
We encourage our faculty, staff and students to approach all problems, situations and creative opportunities with Aesthetic, analytical, and conceptual thinking.
We celebrate the Relationships created within the college and radiating out through the university and surrounding communities.
We embrace Technology as a valuable tool for teaching art, as a frequent asset for the creation of great works of art, and for its ability to advance accessibility to, participation in and awareness of the arts.
We believe the individual excellence of each of our six academic departments form the powerful Synergy that is at the core of this vital and extraordinary arts college.