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  • Policy Number: SP.01.011
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: Jack Reilly
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
  • Approval Date: 11/27/01
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  • Supersedes:


The Fine Arts program at California State University Channel Islands focuses on interdisciplinary studies in art and the creative process. Traditional art media is integrated with digital technologies within an interdisciplinary context. The goal of the program is to prepare students for a wide- range of personal and career opportunities in the arts. This academic program provides students with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and subsequent entree into a rewarding career in the arts. Fine Arts course offerings are also designed to service the overall curriculum of the University, providing integral components in the General Education program, and a Fine Arts concentration within the Liberal Studies major. Another impact of the program is its overall contribution to the cultural base of the University and its mission to increase awareness and promote cultural diversity and appreciation of the arts throughout the University and surrounding communities.


Widespread support for the Fine Arts and the established need for a four-year academic degree program in the arts is strongly expressed as a cultural priority throughout Ventura County. CSUCI is the only institution offering a comprehensive degree in the Fine Arts in this community, which envisions itself as a haven for artists and boasts to be the home both of quality museums, well known artists and long-time established art communities. We are living witnesses to a technological renaissance - the rebirth (or retooling) of human methods of communication. The arts, literature and sciences are in an ongoing state of fusion, moving closer to an integrated universal language. Our world relies on access to visual imagery as a primary source of information and subsequent learning. The beauty of the art image is its inherent ability to speak for itself. Traditionally, the insertion of meaning into visual communication has been the role of the artist. The 21st century artist has inherited the responsibility to explore the function of images in diverse cultures and societies while creating new emotional, artistic and intellectual contexts, open to interpretation, yet harboring the power to profoundly affect our perception and understanding of the world in Which we live.



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