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The College of the Arts (COTA) at California State University, Long Beach is one of the largest and most respected state-supported arts colleges in the country. More than 3,000 majors and minors study in the School of Art, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, and the departments of Dance, Design, Film and Electronic Arts, and Theatre Arts. COTA has more than 100 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members allowing the College to offer nationally-recognized, accredited degree programs including:

  • Bachelor of Art Degree in Art, Dance, Design, Film and Electronic Arts, Music, and Theatre Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art, Dance, Interior Design, and Theatre Arts
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Music Degree
  • Master of Fine Arts Degree in Art, Dance, and Theatre Arts
  • Master of Arts Degree in Art, Dance, and Design
  • Master of Music Degree
  • MFA/MBA in Theatre Management.

Post-Baccalaureate Art Certificates are offered in Museum Studies and Biomedical Illustration.

Learning opportunities within the college reflect its commitment to the arts in all its forms. For students seeking a degree in the arts, COTA provides an environment designed for individual achievement in the context of a diverse, engaged community. Curriculum and classroom experiences are strategically crafted to honor and acknowledge tradition, history, and the evolution of art forms while also encouraging unique, singular voices, disruption of norms, and innovative creativity. At the core of our mission is an appreciation of all cultures and art forms, and acknowledgement of their lasting value to the quality of life.

In addition to our academic units, COTA is home to the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum and the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, important campus and community resources. The college is a regional resource for arts and cultural events, showcases, guest lectures, and accessible, innovative artistic expression.