There are more students studying art and design at California State University, Long Beach than at any other public university in the nation.
In 2008 CSULB Senior Industrial Design major Avery Holleman won $20,000 and the Chairman's Award (presented by Bill Gates) in the Microsoft Next Gen Design competition.
The CSULB Dance Department is regularly ranked in the top 10 dance programs in the nation by Dance and Dance Teacher magazines.
The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music was named for a Long Beach music lover and businessman who donated $16.4 million dollars to the program to fund scholarships. That gift is the largest in CSULB history.
CSULB has five individual art galleries devoted to the exhibition of student work. The galleries are in the Art Department courtyard, located just east of the CSULB south campus quad. New exhibits go up every Sunday evening during the semester, meaning more than 150 student exhibitions are mounted each year. Admission is free and the galleries are open from noon-5pm Monday-Thursday.
CSULB is one of only two universities in the country to offer the MFA/MBA graduate business degree in Theatre Management. The other university is Yale.
Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark), David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Fugitive, Terminal Velocity), and Mark Steven Johnson (Grumpy Old Men, Daredevil, Ghost Rider) are among the big name Hollywood writer/director/producers to graduate from the CSULB Film and Electronic Arts department.
Both the vocal jazz and instrumental jazz ensembles from CSULB won the 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation college level competition, earning spots at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival. This was the second win and appearance by the CSULB Concert Jazz Orchestra in the past three years.
California Repertory Company – the graduate production program in the CSULB Theatre Arts Department – performs in the Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary.
The CSULB University Art Museum has an extensive and impressive collection of contemporary art. Selections are on display this semester through April 18 in the exhibition Pieces of 9. The UAM is located in the Horn Center, and its exhibitions are always free to CSULB students with valid ID.
The Carpenter Center brings more than 100,000 patrons, guests and visitors to the CSULB campus each academic year. In addition to the hugely popular shows presented by the Carpenter Center, Musical Theatre West performs there, and a host of community organizations rent the space for their special events and performances.