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Cal Poly Pomona
College of Environmental Design

The Art Department:

Our Mission

The Art Department's primary mission is teaching excellence and program quality. Because of our unique situation being part of the College of Environmental Design, we are dedicated to challenging students with an awareness of the environmental, social, and ethical issues facing all of us in today's society. We are committed to teaching students about these issues through various projects and topic studios. Furthermore the educators of the Art Department are committed to:
1. Building a foundation of creativity to support self-expression and individual intellectual development while meeting career goals and curriculum structure for a competitive student body.
2. Creating an awareness of the cultural diversity reflected in the learning experience and the teaching pedagogy.
3. Fostering a global awareness that includes environmental, social, and ethical issues.
4. Promoting a sense of community beyond the immediate creative environment.
5. Creating a broad base of knowledge to support conceptual and technological developments.

The Art Department offers two majors:

B.F.A in Graphic Design, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

B.A. in Fine Arts and Art History, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor in Art History is also offered through the B.A. program.

 

The Graphic Design Program Learning Objectives are:

  1. Ability to solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, and prototyping.
  2. Ability to describe and respond to the audiences and contexts including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions.
  3. Ability to create and develop visual form in response to communication problems.
  4. Ability to effectively use typography and typographic principles.
  5. Fluency with the elements of design and the principles of organization, including color theory, composition, perspective, etc.
  6. Understanding information hierarchy, symbolic representation, and aesthetics.
  7. Ability to create and develop meaningful and original imagery.
  8. Have an understanding of tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of vital messages. Relevant tools include but not limited to, drawing, offset printing, photography and time-based and interactive media.
  9. Understanding design history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives, including those of art history, linguistics, communication and information theory, technology, and the social and cultural use of design objects.
  10. Understanding the basic business practices, including the ability to organize projects and work productively as a member of teams.

Technical Requirements for students:

Hardware Requirements
Laptop Computer:
2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1440 x 900 pixels, 2GB memory, 120GB hard drive1,
6x double-layer SuperDrive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 256MB SDRAM

Software Requirements
Freshman/sophomore software bundle-Graphic Design Major:
Microsoft office
Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
Adobe Type classics for Learning/Academic edition
Suitcase academic
Junior/senior software bundle-Graphic Design Major:
Adobe Creative Suite: AfterEffects, FinalCut, Dreamweaver
Freshman-senior software bundle-Art Major:
Microsoft office
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Type classics for Learning/Academic edition
Suitcase academic

Students must have regular access to appropriate computer hardware, software in order to participatefully in coursework. Prices subject to change. For educational discount, please check with the Bronco Bookstore on campus or the Apple Stores.

Academic Advising:

Upon entry into the Art Department, a student is assigned a faculty advisor. This faculty member will assist with questions about curriculum, registration, and academic policy. Each faculty member keeps posted weekly office hours (these posted hours are located just outside the Art Department office as well as on each faculty member's office door). If you have questions about curriculum or any academic policy and your advisor does not know the answer, he or she will direct you to the proper department/person. The department chair is also available to help when other avenues have not been successful.

We encourage you to see your assigned advisor on a regular basis. To find more answers to your advising questions including advising tools, policies, degree requirements, transfer credit, testing, deadlines, support services, and tips for success please visit http://www.csupomona.edu/~advising/.

Refund Policy:

After 3rd Class meeting there will be no refunds for the class material fee. No exceptions.