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Erik Marinovich leading a workshop with Cal Poly Art & Design students

Erik Marinovich at Cal Poly

See what happened when master designer and hand-letterer Erik Marinovich lead a workshop with Cal Poly Art & Design students.

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Student Work - Painting

Studio Art Concentration

The Studio Art concentration is a program designed for students who are seeking a broad-based undergraduate education in the visual arts. This program is distinctive for its depth of required course work in both two and three-dimensional media.

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Photography and Video Concentration

The Photography Concentration is a diversified career-oriented program stressing opportunities in advertising and illustration, portraiture, corporate and editorial photography.

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Graphic Design Concentration

The graphic design curriculum emphasizes creative problem solving, dovetailing the development of technical skills with a strong foundation in research and design thinking.

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Welcome to the Art & Design Department!

Giancarlo Fiorenza

Please browse our website to learn more about our wonderful faculty, staff, and students.


Giancarlo Fiorenza,
Chair, Art & Design Department

Mission Statement

The Department of Art & Design promotes individual vision and creative excellence. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in the creation, history, and theory of the visual arts that prepares students for professional careers and graduate studies. Art & Design emphasizes experimentation, problem solving, and interdisciplinary collaboration informed by global awareness.

Learning Objectives

Graduates from the Art & Design Department will be able to:

  1. Produce a strong body of work and/or professional portfolio
  2. Establish and maintain a rigorous creative practice that is productive and professional
  3. Utilize an articulate and sophisticated visual, verbal, and technical vocabulary related to art and design from a broad range of styles and periods
  4. Apply comparative reasoning in evaluating works of art and design
  1. Contribute to diverse, cross-disciplinary, collaborative endeavors
  2. Resolve problems and challenge assumptions through innovative thinking and visual expression
  3. Demonstrate integrity and make ethical decisions in creative expression and professional practice
  4. Perpetuate a life-long commitment to learning, inquiry, and discovery

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