Cal Poly Pomona
College of Environmental Design

The Art Department:

Open Faculty Position

The Department of Art in the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for one tenure-track position in the area of Graphic Design, at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall Quarter 2015.

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Art Department Mission

The Art Department's primary mission is teaching excellence and program quality. Because of the Art Department's unique situation as part of the College of Environmental Design, the department is dedicated to challenging students with an awareness of the environmental, social, and ethical issues facing today's society. The Art Department 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 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.

B.A. in Art History

Art history is an academic discipline concerned with the production, consumption, and experience of art, architecture, design, mass media, and other artifacts that manifest themselves visually or tangibly. Art historians may study any period, region, or cultural tradition. To analyze the so-called “visual culture” of every period and place, and to understand its relationship to cultural contexts and social functions, art historians may employ diverse methodologies. Students pursuing the B.A in Art History must practice verbal and written communication as well as skills of interpretation, critical-thinking, and research. Common career paths for students with the B.A. Art History include teaching at all levels, art-museum curating, art auctioneering, art-collection consulting, art-related editing and publishing, art conservation, and careers in art law. Most professions require graduate degrees or additional coursework in related areas. At Cal Poly Pomona, there are many opportunities for students to minor in an additional area of their choice.

Goals of the B.A. in Art History Program

  1. Expose students to globally diverse artistic traditions.
  2. Develop discipline specific vocabulary and tools of analysis.
  3. Develop skills of research.
  4. Enhance critical thinking skills.
  5. Prepare students for art history related careers and graduate studies.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) of the B.A in Art History Program

    Students obtaining the B.A. in Art History should be able to:
  1. 1. Identify important works of art and design, artistic movements and trends.
  2. 2. Analyze works of art and design using art historical tools of visual analysis and discipline appropriate vocabulary.
  3. 3. Explain how works of art and design are related to their context of production and reception.
  4. 4. Write a research paper that constructs a coherent argument, critically examines appropriate sources and properly uses scholarly documentation.
  5. In addition, students will be exposed to:
  6. 5. The creative process in the visual arts via the production of a visual artwork.
  7. 6. French or German language via courses in these languages.
  8. 7. Other humanities disciplines via courses in history, foreign languages, general-education courses, and electives.

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

Refund Policy:

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