Visual Arts Modernization Project

A Legacy Redefined. Our Future Redesigned.   


The College of the Arts has been an essential part of the creative fabric of Southern California for more than 60 years, proudly serving as both an academic hub and community resource. Since the first permanent buildings were opened in 1969, the Visual Arts have been integral to this enduring relationship.   

At the heart of the Visual Arts Modernization Project are two new buildings: one that will house Begovich Gallery and student art galleries, and a multi-level structure filled with high-tech classrooms and project spaces – changes that will impact how we teach, learn, engage with, and experience the arts. 

As we look toward the next 60 years and beyond, we envision a college that continues to lead with innovation and inspiration, embracing the limitless possibilities our future holds. 


July 2023 Construction Updates

As the VA MOD project enters year two, there has been extraordinary progress on Buildings H (near St. College Blvd.) and G (future home of Begovich Gallery and our student galleries). Check out the video at right from C.W. Driver!

COTA Dean's office and Department of Art office Temporary Relocation

During construction, the Office of the Dean, the Department of Art office, and many art department classes and faculty/staff  offices have been temporarily relocated.  Visit the links below for more details.

"VA MOD" walkthrough: CW Driver


A Legacy Redefined, Our Future Redesigned


Visual Arts Modernization Project
Preview Event

On January 28, 2023 we kicked off the Visual Arts Modernization Project with a preview event and groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and our limitless future. More than 100 invited guests enjoyed a sneak peek of the project and engaged with some of the latest technology-driven art tools, including AR/VR project demonstrations by visual arts students and scale models of the complex. 


Land Acknowledgement
The  College of the Arts acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva Nation.
We pay our respects to the Indigenous land caretakers past, present, and emerging. For more information please visit the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe  websiteOpens in new window