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Dr. Robin Bargar - Dean of the CSULB College of the Arts

Robin Bargar - Dean of the CSULB College of the Arts

Dr. Robin Bargar joined the CSULB College of the Arts leadership team near the end of July, and comes to CSULB from the University of Salford in Greater Manchester, England, where he served as university director of digital and creative industry collaboration, as well as a professor in the School of Arts media with a joint appointment in the School of Computing Sciences.

Robin received his Bachelor and Masters in Music from the Ohio State University and his Doctor of Musical Arts with a focus on computer music and computer graphics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His initial interest in the arts began at an early age, when he first began making movies and studying music. His career in the arts and academia has taken him to many dynamic and interesting places.

During his time at the University of Salford, he successfully established important and helpful relationships with industry partners such as BBC and the BBC Philharmonic, independents such as Digital Theater Plus and Castlefield Gallery, and international organizations such as European Cultural Center and Venice Biennale, along with civic leaders and government agencies, creating additional revenue and engagement streams for students and faculty there. He is most proud of the learning and working model he helped create at the University of Salford, providing opportunities for faculty and students across multiple disciplines to work side by side with industry professionals on projects – emulating the structure of a creative agency. 

Bargar’s background in music composition has led to multiple professional and academic recognitions, including an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film in 1996 for his work with Chris Landreth on “The End.”

Prior to moving to Manchester, Bargar was the dean of the School of Media Arts and a professor of Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. He also worked at City University of New York as the dean of the School of Technology and Design and as a professor of Entertainment Technology.

He is excited to come to Long Beach and specifically to California State University Long Beach because, as he says, “ the size, breadth, and scope of CSULB and its location in the heart of Southern California makes this the perfect place to engage in relevant, real world creative work that can have a larger impact.”