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VPA Senior Project Short Video "SomaSleep"

VPA majors Lance McCormick and Lauren Radel created this video composite animation mixing video, still images, and hand drawn elements. The concept of this project is to raise awareness about the viewer's role in a technologically advanced world. Inspired by the books 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451. SomaSleep won awards for Best Animation and Juror's Choice in the 2011 Student Media Film Festival at CSUSM.

VPA Senior Project Short Film "Eros"

VPA majors Michael Colasardo, Jermaine Jackson, and Kai Norwood collaborated to make a short film about love, "Eros". This film won the awards for Best Cinematography and Audience Choice in the 2011 Student Media Film Festival at CSUSM.

Doris Bittar in Art of the Middle East


Doris Bittar, adjunct in visual arts is featured on the blog and website: Art of the Middle East.

Check out her interview and images of her artwork at: 



New Public Service Videos

Arts and Technology students Lauren Radel, Jermaine Jackson, Jeff Warlick create public service videos for CSUSM parking services!

Check them out:

  • Carpooling
  • Sprinter
  • Biking
  • Walking

Earth Day Celebration

VPA students rock earth day celebration with recycled art fashion show, dance, music, sculptures, and interactive art projects!!!


VPA Dance Studies professor Karen Schaffman teams with High Tech High North County for a semester long collaborative learning class with  college and high school students as they focus on the theme of Earth Day! 

Check out the pictures, blog and videos!

Theater students in Misanthrope "Make the most of Moliere's words and wit".


Students Present Original Puppet Plays!


As a part of their learning, VPA 321 "Learning Through the Arts" students present original puppet plays to 3d graders from San Marcos!  

And, the reviews are in: the kids LOVED the performances as they learned about nature, literature, and science.


Mural Class Update!

Check out this video of students in VPA 181 painting the mural, and stop by to stop by and see them in action. They will be painting every Friday from 9am-12pm through the end of the semester at University Village.

VPA Chair Publishes New Book

Arts Integration

Merryl Goldberg, Chair of the Department, has published new book:

Arts Integration: Teaching Through the Arts in Multicultural Settings published by Allyn and Bacon (available through any bookseller). 


6th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival

Friday, May 13, 7pm, Arts 111

Check out the work in VPA 181

Our new class creating a mural!

VPA's own Judit Hersko
is featured speaker at this semester's Faculty Colloquium dinner:

Faculty Center Research Colloquium Spring 2011 Speaker

Judit Hersko, M.F.A. Visual & Performing Arts ~ Pages From the Book of the Unknown Explorer
Date: April 6, 2011
Location: McMahan House


Check out American's for the Arts salon for Arts Education featuring Merryl Goldberg blogging nationally:

Breaking news!  VPA launches two new minors!

Minor in Music Technology and, Minor in Video and Film Production 

Congratulations to the Playwrights, Directors, Cast and Crew of the 2010 New Play Festival for a terrific showing at the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival!
New Play Festival