Dear Cal State Fullerton Employer:
College of the Arts (COTA) at Cal State Fullerton. If you are searching for a ready source of well-trained, enthusiastic, and creative individuals, you'll find no better place then the College of the Arts. No matter their area of study, every COTA student has completed a rigorous program comprising: training in the fundamentals of their respective craft; countless hours of in-class development and refinement of those fundamentals; the principles and application of critique; extensive performance or otherwise presentation of artistic works; and experience working in their target industry. College faculty pride themselves on their success at graduating students who can "hit the road running" and who can make a significant and immediate contribution to the success of your company or organization. I invite you to explore what we have to offer in the College and to add one or more of our alumni to your team.
The College of the Arts trains students in four general areas: music, dance, theatre, and the visual arts. Concentrations in the visual arts include: graphic design, entertainment arts/animation, sculpture, ceramics, creative photography, illustration, crafts, drawing & painting, art history, and art education. Theatre offers concentrations in acting, directing, design/technical production, playwriting, education, and musical theatre. Music concentrations include education, history, voice, instrumental performance, keyboard performance, composition, and accompanying. Our programs are highly competitive and generate alumni that can compete with those from any institution in the country, as demonstrated by the following:
- Several graphic design students over the years have had their submissions recognized (placed or earned an honorable mention) in Print Magazine's Annual International Student Cover Competition.
- Our entertainment arts/animation alumni are currently working and flourishing at animation studios of all sizes, including DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Nickelodeon, and Walt Disney Animation. A recent graduate won an Emmy for his Special Effects on the Hisotry Channel’s “Gettysburg”.
- Over the past years visual arts students have won or placed in both the film poster and film trailer categories in Hollywood Reporter's Key Art competition.
- Music Department alumni surround you, working in Southern California and beyond as opera stars, symphony orchestra and freelance musicians, composers and arrangers, private studio teachers, in arts management, and as leaders in public school music education and piano pedagogy.
- Music Department faculty are active performers and scholars, from freelance musicians in motion picture recording studios to members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, and San Diego Symphony, to world renowned soloists who give recitals and perform with international orchestras.
- Music Department students receive master classes with world class musicians who teach, coach, and perform alongside music majors, including Deborah Voigt, Evelyn Glennie, Gary Graffman, David Maslanka, Branford Marsalis, Morton Lauridsen, Pancho Sanchez, Richard Stoltzman, Bernard Greenhouse, the St. Petersburg Quartet and the Atlantic Brass.
- Music Department students tour and perform worldwide, including recent tours by the University Wind Symphony of Portugal and South Korea, University Singers tours of Italy, and Germany and Austria, and the Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra’s tour of Eastern Europe.
- Theatre graduates have capitalized on their training in the nationally-ranked CSUF program by snagging roles in such productions as Wicked, In the Heights, The Lion King, Ragtime, and Death of Salesman, to name just a few.
- Accolades for theatre students arrive early: over the past 15 years, student actors, playwrights, and technicians regularly place well or take highest honors in the annual American College Theatre Festival, the premier showcase for college theatre.
- Dance students have been honored at the regional competitions of the American College Dance Festival and have been chosen to perform at the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
As the Dean of the College of the Arts, I've watched the various creative industries our students serve become more and more competitive. I am pleased to say, however, that every time it has become clear that industry standards are rising, our faculty has been at the forefront ensuring that our students exceed those standards. Today's workplace realities demand employees who are skilled, disciplined, hard working, team-focused, creative, and linked into current cultural trends. These are also the marks of a College of the Arts graduate.
I invite you to contact Laura Neal, the Career Center representative for the College, or myself, to discuss your human resource needs.
Dr. Joe Arnold