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  College of The Arts

We pride ourselves on being a professional training ground for tomorrow’s artists. Broadway stars, Hollywood actors, award-winning musicians and brilliant visual artists get their start in the College of the Arts.


Students in state-of-art stage

State-of-the-Art Performance Spaces
From classroom instruction to rehearsals and opening nights, our students learn and perform in professional theatre spaces. Nationally recognized for its architectural design, the Clayes Performing Arts Center sets the stage for student success and professional development.

Grammy award

Grammy Award-winning Faculty
Students in the School of Music are taught and mentored by Grammy Award-winning musical artists who bring their passion and expertise to the classroom.


Svetlana Efremova-Reed

Faculty in the Field
Our faculty have appeared in Hollywood on the big screen, seen their names in lights on Broadway and been featured in hit television shows. As educators, they bring that real-world experience back to students, preparing them to connect with casting agents, book roles and succeed in the performing arts.

Why Choose the College of the Arts

We empower students to realize their individual artistic vision while refining their craft. Our students are actively involved in a wide range of performances, productions, exhibitions and recitals, from conception to production.

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Visual Arts Modernization Project

Set for completion in fall 2024, the Visual Arts Modernization Project will feature two new buildings that will house the Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery, student art galleries, high-tech classrooms and project spaces. These changes will impact how we teach, learn, engage with and experience the arts.

Meng Concert Hall interior

Meng Concert Hall

Celebrated for its outstanding acoustics, the 800-seat Meng Concert Hall engages audiences with its subtleties and unobstructed sound. Performances by the university's music ensembles and guest artists produce a unique synergy.

Music theatre students attending NYC showcase

Opportunities in Theatre

Fourth-year musical theatre students travel to New York City every year to perform on Broadway for agents, managers, casting directors and alumni. In 2023, all 14 graduating seniors received a call from a talent agent, manager or casting director after the showcase.

Dancers performing

Nationally Recognized Dance Program

Over the past decade, students in our program have repeatedly been chosen to perform at the American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This impressive record demonstrates the strength, intensity and depth of our program and the faculty and students that continue to shape the future of dance.

Majors and Degrees

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Notable Alumni and Faculty

Kathy Baur Kathy Baur, assistant professor of art
artist for “The Prince of Egypt” and “The Iron Giant”

Tonya Bracco Tanya Michnevich Bracco ’95 (B.A. theatre arts)
supervising producer of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

Ruben Carbajal Rubén Carbajal ’15 (B.F.A. theatre arts-musical theatre)
original cast member in the first national tour of “Hamilton”

Maria Cominis Maria Cominis, professor of theatre and dance
award-winning playwright, actress in “Desperate Housewives” and “New Girl”

Marc Cherry Marc Cherry ’95 (B.A. theatre arts)
creator and executive producer of Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning ABC drama series “Desperate Housewives” and Lifetime’s “Devious Maids”

Brian Crosby Brian Crosby '07 (B.F.A. art-illustration)
director of Marvel Themed Entertainment development

Bill Cunliffe Bill Cunliffe, professor of music
Grammy Award-winning arranger and record producer

Svetlana Efremova-Reed Svetlana Efremova-Reed, professor of theatre and dance
actress in “For All Mankind” and “Spinning Out”

Erik Elizarrez Erik Elizarrez ’03 (B.F.A. art-entertainment art/animation)
prop designer and character cleanup artist with Disney TV and Warner Bros.

Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz ’04 (B.F.A. art-entertainment art/animation)
creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon’s “Shimmer and Shine”

Andrew Feliciano Andrew Feliciano ’08 (B.F.A. art-entertainment art/animation)
animation supervisor for Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Josh Grisetti Josh Grisetti, associate professor of theatre and dance
actor in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Good Fight”

Bruce Healey Bruce Healey '72 (B.M. music)
former music director/producer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Rob Istad Rob Istad ’01 (M.M. music-performance)
professor of music, Grammy Award-winning artist

Kirsten Monson Kirsten Monson ’15 (B.A. theatre arts)
lead automation for Cirque du Soleil

Julie Orser Julie Orser, professor of art
award-winning visual artist and Lucas Artist Fellow with works at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Art

Jesus Ramos Jesus Ramos ’20 (M.M. music-performance)
English horn musician with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra

Wayne Unten Wayne Unten ’03 (B.F.A. entertainment art-animation)
animation supervisor for Disney’s “Frozen” and “Frozen 2”

Kirsten Vangsness Kirsten Vangsness ’96 (B.A. theatre arts)
actress in “Criminal Minds”

Karen Weller Karen Weller ’81 (M.F.A. theatre arts)
former costume production manager for Disneyland Resort, co-founder of The Costume Connection

Linda Woolverton Linda Woolverton ’79 (M.A. theatre arts)
screenwriter for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Visual Arts Modernization Project

The Visual Arts Modernization Project is the future of our college. As the arts change and evolve, we’re committed to changing with them, reimagining art education and creating spaces that will serve our students and their work for years to come.

Scheduled for completion in fall 2024, the modernization project will include new buildings that add more than 122,000 square feet of space. Students’ creativity will flourish in renovated classrooms, new galleries, graduate art studios, upgraded lecture halls and offices.

Support Creativity

Cal State Fullerton’s College of the Arts serves as an academic and cultural resource that is weaved into the creative fabric of Southern California. We train students to achieve their career goals in visual arts, dance, theatre and music.

Your investment in the College of the Arts will support a new generation of artists as we renovate our visual arts spaces, host master classes, expand our network and plan for the future.

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