Department of Art

Welcome to the Department of Art

The Art Department's primary mission is teaching excellence and program quality. As part of only two polytechnics in the CSU system, the Art Department is distinguished by its “learn by doing” approach, encouraging hands-on projects, research collaboration, internships, and service learning. Because of our unique situation as part of the College of Environmental Design, we challenge students to address the environmental, social, and ethical issues in today's society.  The Department takes pride in having a recognized positive impact in a highly competitive region, and would like to build on this reputation.

Our Department offers one of the only Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Visual Communication Design in the California State University system and was recognized in 2020 as one of the “Top 10 Graphic Design Schools and Colleges in California” by Animation Career Review. The Art History program has the distinction of being the only program to offer a Bachelor of Art degree in Art History in the California State University system in Southern California. In 2014, the Center on Higher Education Reform described Cal Poly Pomona as one of the best universities for delivering access, affordability, and student success; the Art Department shares and supports these values. 

Change of Major Meeting - Spring 2024

Thinking of switching your major to Visual Communication Design (VCD) or Art History? Are you curious about the Studio Arts and Art History minor programs and the ways they can enhance your design and non-design bachelor's? Attend the Spring 2024 Change of Major Meeting hosted by the Department of Art!

Change of Major Meeting - Spring 2024
February 13, 2024 12:00 - 1:00pm
S-24 Change of Major
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 869 0415 8202


Note to Students: Faculty Advisors

If your faculty advisor is on sabbatical, you can select another faculty member from the Faculty Listing section to serve as an alternate until your primary faculty advisor returns. View the Department of Art's directory here. Please note that Lecturers and Emeriti do not provide student advising.

For general academic advising inquiries, contact the ENV Student Success Center at Students can also book virtual appointments with a Student Success Advisor's via CPP Connect. Find their individual CPP Connect links, learn about their areas of expertise and sign up for Fall 2021 Art History and Visual Communication Design group advising sessions at