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CSULB Ceramic Students get a lecture on material use.

The College of the Arts is made up of six separate academic units focused on providing the very best arts education and training experience available. Additionally, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center offers the campus community as well as the greater Long Beach area access to world class performances and a top notch performing and meeting space. The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum is a fully accredited museum that lives in the heart of the CSULB campus, and champions new and challenging ideas in the ever-evolving world of visual arts.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Exceptional instruction offered by musicians and music scholars at the very top of their profession. More than twenty separate performance ensembles in musical genres ranging from baroque chamber to electronic music performed on laptops, from small jazz combos to full orchestra. Unprecedented opportunities and support for national and international travel, competition, and recognition. The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB is the very best in university-situated music education for the most affordable price.


With facilities that are considered to be among the best in the nation, and a faculty of working professionals at the top of their game as choreographers/dancers/teachers/scholars - CSULB Dance is a rigorous, difficult program that challenges, excites, and engages the dancers who make it through a highly-competitive audition process and are granted admission to the program. Options in dance science, BFA and MFA degrees, along with a special MA program designed for dance teachers keep this program highly prized in the dance world.


Three distinct degree programs – Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design (BS)Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (BFA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Design (BA) – provide undergraduate training in a diversity of design disciplines:  product design and making, interior design and space planning, environmental communication design, user experience design, sustainable design practices, and the history and theory of design. Students regularly take part in inter-departmental and inter-college collaborations, participate in sponsored projects and internships with professional firms, travel for project work, and compete (and win) in national and international competitions. 

Film and Electronic Arts

Focusing on the craft of storytelling with moving images, Film and Electronic Arts at CSULB is an exceptional program that concentrates exclusively on undergraduate education.  As such, it was ranked the #4 "Top Value" Bachelor's Film Studies program in the nation for 2017-18. "Top Value" film school rankings reflect return on investment based on well-rounded, relevant curriculum; film and merit-based scholarship opportunities; recognition in the job market; state-of-the-art production equipment; and alumni success.

School of Art

The largest academic unit on the CSULB campus, the School of Art received its designation as a school in 2012 in recognition of not only its size, but - more importantly - of the scope, excellence, depth, and breadth of the programs offered. Its extraordinary facilities include some of the nation's top work spaces for printmaking, ceramics, metal work, and wood, along with seven separate and configurable galleries dedicated to the display, viewing, and critique of student work. School of Art students have unparalleled opportunities for displaying their work, international travel in support of their studies, and access to working artists currently exhibiting and accepting commissions.

Theatre Arts

Combining a large and diverse undergraduate training program with a graduate curriculum targeted toward working professionals interested in expanding their academic experiences and credentials allows for a joyous blending of generations in classes and productions, and a powerful ability to share a wide variety of human stories with audiences. That is one of the primary strengths of the CSULB Department of Theatre Arts. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in acting/directing, technical theatre, and design, and a special MFA/MBA is offered in Theatre Management in collaboration with the CSULB School of Business.