Art History Minor
The Art History Minor offers classes that cover the span of Western art as well as Asian art, with specific course topics ranging from Buddhist art to the work of Michelangelo to late modern and contemporary art since 1945. The minor balances breadth and depth in art historical studies and includes an advanced course in art history research and methods.
Photography and Video Minor
The Photography Minor offers classes that cover digital processes, historical processes and digital video with both fine art concerns and commercial applications.
Studio Art Minor
The Studio Art Minor offers a concentration in either 2D or 3D art. The Studio Art minor curriculum includes classes such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and art history.
Other Department Related Minors:
Computing for the Interactive Arts (CIA) Minor
The minor in Computing for Interactive Arts (CIA) is a Cross Disciplinary Studies Minor jointly offered by the Department of Art and Design and the Computer Science Department. The CIA minor fosters a collaborative, cross-disciplinary environment in which Art and Design students integrate coding and algorithmic thinking in creative works and Computer Science students apply the principles and methodology of design thinking to visual applications. The minor enables students from different disciplines to collaborate on projects requiring both a technical and a creative perspective.
Student work from the CIA minor:
More information on the CIA minor:
Media Arts, Society and Technology (MAST) Minor
The Media Arts, Society & Technology (MAST) minor encourages students to explore the ways in which the media arts are enabled and shaped by progress in science and technology while also being uniquely situated to promote engagement with and critical reflection about the meanings of scientific, technical and social progress. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop and refine their expertise in the creative, visual, communicative and performing arts, such as film, video, still photography, sound design, stage and lighting design, computer graphics and interactive entertainment.
The MAST program is grounded in project based learning, giving students unique collaborative experience in a variety of interdisciplinary settings. Through this minor students within the Department of Art and Design will be able to access critical humanities courses and technical skills in a wide range of programs otherwise not available to those outside the minor.
More information on the MAST minor:
Art Minor Applications
STEP 1 Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for an Art minor:
- CPSLO Cumulative GPA of a 2.6
- Last Graded Term GPA of a 2.6
- Completed at least one quarter at Cal Poly.
STEP 2 In black or blue ink, complete the top of the Art Minor Application and sign/date the bottom of the application.
STEP 3 Meet with an Art & Design faculty minor advisor within the area that you are applying to (listed below) during their office hours and bring your completed Art Minor application with you.
Art History: Elizabeth Adan or Giancarlo Fiorenza
Photography and Video: Sky Bergman or Lana Z Caplan
Studio Art: Sara Frantz, Elizabeth Folk, or Laura Krifka
STEP 4 If the Art Minor application is approved by the Art & Design minor advisor, the advisor will sign and date the bottom of the application.
STEP 5 Submit the completed application to the Art & Design department office (bldg. 34, room 169) no later than the end of the fourth week of the quarter. The department office staff will notify applicants of their Art Minor application status (via their Cal Poly email) by the end of the quarter that they applied. If approved, the Art minor will be effective the following quarter.