Greetings from the College of the Arts Dean

Welcome to the College of the Arts at The Beach!

We are a comprehensive arts college focused on your future, and the future of the arts in our world. Through our collective embrace of inclusive excellence, creative expression, and interdisciplinary collaboration we are committed to elevating the voices of tomorrow’s artists, designers, performers, scholars, and creatives.

We are a College of the Arts for All—valuing the unique experiences, identities, aspirations and accomplishments of our students, staff and faculty and understanding that this diversity is the bedrock of our college’s success.


Royce Smith COTA dean
Dean Royce W. Smith, College of the Arts

Royce W. Smith, Ph.D.
Dean, College of the Arts

About Dean Smith

Royce W. Smith, Ph.D., was recently named dean of the College of the Arts, bringing to The Beach a deep understanding of college-specific strategies and community building. Royce previously served as dean of the College of the Arts and Architecture and professor of contemporary art history at Montana State University. Before that, he was director of the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries at Wichita State University in Kansas. 

Royce has begun his first semester at CSULB by embarking on a commitment to 100 Days of Listening. Follow his journey in getting to know the campus and the College of the Arts community on Instagram: @deanroycewsmith