Art Minors


The Art and Design Department offers three Art minors:

Art History, Photography and Studio Art
The application process for these minors is detailed below.

Students also have the opportunity to take department courses and work closely with the Department of Art and Design faculty within the Computing for the Interactive Arts (CIA) minor and the Media Arts, Science and Technology (MAST) minor.
More information on these minors and links to the application process are detailed below. 

The Art and Design Department Art minors:

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 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 Application Process

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  Complete the top of the Art Minor Application in blue or black ink.

         Art History Minor Application 

         Photography Minor Application

         Studio Art Minor Application

STEP 3  Meet with one of the Art faculty minor advisors (listed below) during their office hours and bring your completed Art Minor Application with you. 

         Art History: Professor Elizabeth Adan, Professor Giancarlo Fiorenza

         Photography: Professor Lana Z Caplan

         Studio Art: Professor Sara Frantz, Professor Elizabeth Folk

STEP 4  If you’re seeking a course substitution, bring a course description of the class the you completed to the Art faculty minor advisor. All course substitutions must be written on the bottom portion of the Art Minor Application (or copy), signed, and approved by the advisor.

STEP 5  If the Art Minor Application is approved by the Art faculty minor advisor, the student and the advisor sign and date the application.

STEP 6  Submit the completed application to the Art & Design department office (bldg. 34, room 169) by the end of the fourth week of the quarter.

STEP 7  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.

STEP 8  When planning which ART classes to take, utilize the department’s current Tentative Course Offerings list, as some ART classes are available one or two quarters per academic year.

Art minors are not guaranteed a seat in ART classes. If possible, get on the waitlist for ART class you wish to take. During open enrollment (after the first and second rounds of registration) students will be pulled in from the waitlist to fill any available seats. 

Prerequisites for Art minors may be waived; consent from instructor must be received.

Each quarter, the department office emails Art minors a survey to complete which gives Art minors the opportunity to request a permission number for the ART class they want to take. Permission numbers are not guaranteed even if consent is received from the instructor to waive prerequisites.




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