California State University - Monterey B

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is envisioned as a comprehensive state university which values service through high quality education. The campus will be distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically undereducated and low-income populations. It will feature an enriched living and learning environment and year-round operation. The identity of the university will be framed by substantive commitment to multilingual, multicultural, gender-equitable learning. The university will be a collaborative, intellectual community distinguished by partnerships with existing institutions both public and private, cooperative agreements which enable students, faculty, and staff to cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction, broadly defined scholarly and creative activity, and coordinated community service.


United States

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, 100 Campus Center
Phone: 831-582-3005
Fax: 831-582-3310
Website: http://CSUMB.EDU

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Visual and Public Art, B.A.

VPA prepares you to be an arts practitioner with a set of skills and values that will make you an active and responsible participant in society. VPA integrates individual production and collaborative processes, skills and projects, and the expressive and analytical. It addresses the complex issues of working in public space creating murals, sculptures, installations, book arts, painted and electronic billboards, light sculptures, large-scale digital and cyber art, time-based work, performance and environmental art, and public ceremonial works. VPA provides you with a balance of studio and theory through a combination of core concept and skill courses, visiting artist experiences, independent learning opportunities, and a community-based projects/service learning component. Our program broadens your perspectives and nurtures your talents.

Student Life


The most residential campus in the CSU system, 60 percent of CSUMB students live on campus in affordable yet spacious residence halls and student apartments. On-campus activities include intercollegiate athletics, intramural and club sports, boating and outdoor recreation, student organizations, performing arts, cultural events, lectures, live music, and much more. Outstanding facilities such as the World Theater, Otter Sports Center, pool, hiking and cycling trails, disc golf course, student center, Otter Bay Cafe, and Black Box Cabaret make participation a pleasure. Minutes away from campus, Carmel, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Salinas, and Seaside offer premiere dining, entertainment, and recreation that make this a world-renowned travel destination.  

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Tours are provided for individuals and families, Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. Private group tours are available on Thursdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. Please note that tours are not conducted on holidays or other campus closure days. For a listing of dates or to confirm an available date, please contact the Admission Office at 831-582-3738.