Jan 16, 2019  
2016-2018 Catalog 
2016-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Arts

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The School of Arts will be a regional leader for undergraduate and graduate education in the Arts and a hub for the Arts in our diverse communities.


The mission of the School of Arts is to provide an inclusive, collaborative community where artists, scholars, and students actively engage in developing artistic practices, critical thinking, cultural intelligence, and creativity.

The School of Arts is committed to Innovative Educational Objectives:

  • Discipline-based learning – The School of Arts includes two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Music and the other in Visual and Performing Arts. Through these, students pursue studies in music, theatre, dance studies, visual arts/visual culture, and digital and media art.
  • Collaboration across disciplines – Interdisciplinary collaboration is enacted and encouraged among our students and faculty to provide a more expansive arts education.
  • Commitment to the latest technology – The School of Arts offers cutting-edge courses in digital art, music, theatre technology, web design, video, and interactive multimedia.
  • Building community through the arts – The School of Arts builds community through outreach to schools and social service organizations, collaborating in community development projects, arts education research, and through providing public theatre, dance, music performances, video and film screenings, as well as visual art exhibitions and presentations relating to visual culture and contemporary art.
  • Global Arts – The School of Arts celebrates the arts of the world with the Indonesian Gamelan, theatre in Spanish, and many survey courses in global arts.
  • Project-Based Learning – The School of Arts faculty are committed to a rigorous curriculum and to ensuring student learning.

The Goals of the School of Arts are:

  • To engage students in developing sequential discipline-specific skills within their chosen areas of Dance Studies, Digital and Media Art, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art/Visual Culture.
  • To prepare students for a significant place in the workforce upon graduation, or to enter a graduate program in their art field.
  • To provide a curriculum that teaches practical skills as well as incorporates historical and cultural analysis and multiple historical perspectives.
  • To assist students to become fluent in the theory and practice of innovative and digital technologies within their chosen discipline.
  • To support students in exploring their own and others’ cultural histories and identities.


Arts Building, 311


(760) 750-4137

Director, School of Arts:

Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Ph.D.


David Avalos, M.F.A.

Judy Bauerlein, Ph.D.

Jonathan Berman, M.F.A.

William Bradbury, D.M.A.

Ching-Ming Cheng, Ph.D.

Kristine Diekman, M.F.A.

Merryl R. Goldberg, Ed.D.

Judit Hersko, M.F.A.

Mtafiti Imara, Ph.D.

Andrea Liss, Ph.D.

Marcos Martínez, M.A.

Kristin Moss, Ph.D.

Karen Schaffman, Ph.D.

Deborah Small, M.F.A.

Lucy HG Solomon, M.F.A.

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