Last Published 2/22/24
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.
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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Our students and alumni carry the Titan spirit as they contribute to the vitality of the arts nationally and globally.
This requires passion, dedication and creativity. Meet some of our alumni and learn how CSUF prepared them for their calling.
Alumni Bring World-Famous Cirque du Soleil to the Stage
A sound engineer, automation technician and makeup artist are among the alumni who have worked with Cirque du Soleil, the largest contemporary circus producer in the world.
Musical Theatre Showcase Helps Students Launch Careers
Fourteen musical theatre students gained attention from agents, managers, casting directors and production companies after performing in the College of the Arts’ annual New York City showcase.
A Titan Steps Into a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Alumnus Omid Abtahi plays Dr. Penn Pershing in Disney+’s original “Star Wars” series, “The Mandalorian.”
Musician Hits the Right Note With Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra
Alumnus Jesus Ramos holds a prestigious English horn position with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and credits the School of Music for training him to succeed as a professional musician.
Our faculty members are technicians, performers, arts organization leaders, published authors and nationally recognized artists who bring their talent and industry expertise to every class they teach.
They are exceptional instructors who engage students with professional opportunities, offer real-world experience and help them connect with industry leaders.
Meet some of our faculty members.
Art Professor Captures Hollywood Through a Feminist Lens
Julie Orser uses her passion for photography and visual arts to reimagine the representation of female artists in film and television.
Theatre Faculty Member Lands Role in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Featured in the final season of the hit Amazon Prime series, Josh Grisetti teaches students how to audition, network and land jobs in entertainment.
Music Professor Wins Grammy for Best Choral Performance
Grammy Award-winning artist Robert Istad trains students in choral studies, preparing them to be skilled singers who perform alongside orchestras and opera companies.
Kathy Baur, assistant professor of artartist for “The Prince of Egypt” and “The Iron Giant”
Tanya Michnevich Bracco ’95 (B.A. theatre arts)supervising producer of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”
Rubén Carbajal ’15 (B.F.A. theatre arts-musical theatre)original cast member in the first national tour of “Hamilton”
Maria Cominis, professor of theatre and danceaward-winning playwright, actress in “Desperate Housewives” and “New Girl”
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 '07 (B.F.A. art-illustration)director of Marvel Themed Entertainment development
Bill Cunliffe, professor of musicGrammy Award-winning arranger and record producer
Svetlana Efremova-Reed, professor of theatre and danceactress in “For All Mankind” and “Spinning Out”
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 ’04 (B.F.A. art-entertainment art/animation)creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon’s “Shimmer and Shine”
Andrew Feliciano ’08 (B.F.A. art-entertainment art/animation)animation supervisor for Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon”
Josh Grisetti, associate professor of theatre and danceactor in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Good Fight”
Bruce Healey '72 (B.M. music)former music director/producer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
Rob Istad ’01 (M.M. music-performance)professor of music, Grammy Award-winning artist
Kirsten Monson ’15 (B.A. theatre arts)lead automation for Cirque du Soleil
Julie Orser, professor of artaward-winning visual artist and Lucas Artist Fellow with works at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Art
Jesus Ramos ’20 (M.M. music-performance)English horn musician with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra
Wayne Unten ’03 (B.F.A. entertainment art-animation)animation supervisor for Disney’s “Frozen” and “Frozen 2”
Kirsten Vangsness ’96 (B.A. theatre arts)actress in “Criminal Minds”
Karen Weller ’81 (M.F.A. theatre arts)former costume production manager for Disneyland Resort, co-founder of The Costume Connection
Linda Woolverton ’79 (M.A. theatre arts)screenwriter for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
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.
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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