Art, design, and visual communications are aspects that affect every field of study, every profession, and our everyday lives.

The Cal Poly Art Department has provided many opportunities for students of all majors to explore art and their inner creativity.

The new Studio Arts Minor, for example, can provide students with the skills they need to express themselves and their ideas.

The department also offers an Art History minor, and an annual student art show exhibited at the Kellogg University Art Gallery.

The Studio Arts Minor is a new program that has been introduced with the semester conversion, and it provides the opportunity for all students to pursue a minor degree in Fine Arts.

(Nicole Goss | The Poly Post)

To complete the minor, students are required to take three foundation courses, two Art History courses, and three Studio Arts courses.

The foundation courses are designed to introduce drawing, 2-D design, and 3-D design.

The Studio Arts courses can be chosen from any of the following: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics.

To have an emphasis of study, students are required to take two of their Studio Arts classes in the same area of specialty.

The Art History courses consist of one lower division and one upper division that can also satisfy GE Area C requirements.

These courses are designed to study the evolution of Art throughout history within different cultures.

As professor Kampf explains, the Art History courses offered are from cultures all around the world: arts of the Western Europe, arts of India, Korea, Central and South America, etc. Along with a very respected major in Art History the department also offers a minor in this field.

The Graphic Design program, which is now called the Visual Communication Design, unfortunately is not being offered as a minor.

However, students who are interested in Visual Communications can enroll in a new course called Visual Thinking that can also satisfy their GE Area E and is designed to introduce creative thinking.

Advertising, animation, design, and etc. are things people encounter and use every day. “Understanding how to use visuals effectively and how to create new forms of visual communication are investigated in this new course” Professor Kampf said.

Another opportunity available for students to express their artistic visions is the annual PolyKroma student art show that highlights the work of students taking Studio Arts courses. Students are not required to declare the Studio Arts minor in order to participate, however they must be enrolled in one of the Studio Arts courses.

The “2D3D” part of the Polykroma show is a juried art show where students can submit their artworks and once chosen by the esteemed jury, their work will be exhibited in the show.     As Michele Cairella-Fillmore the Kellogg University Art Gallery director explains, this exhibition is an opportunity to feature the best work of the students who are taking Studio Arts classes.

Students interested in gallery work and collections management also have the opportunity to intern or volunteer at the Kellogg and Huntley University art galleries, the two art galleries on campus that hold exhibitions year round.

To learn more about art, design, and visual communications contact the Art Department. To learn more about minoring in Studio Arts, or simply want to take a few arts classes that can also fulfill your GE requirements, contact Professor Raymond Kampf in the Art Department.

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