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Art and Design Change of Major

General Guidelines:

  • Review Cal Poly’s General Change of Major Policy in full

  • Students must complete at least one quarter at Cal Poly before entering into an Individualized Change of Major Agreement (ICMA).

  • Students must have been eligible for their intended major upon entry to Cal Poly (via the admission process).

  • Students must be able to graduate within 15 quarters (for first time freshmen) or 9 quarters (for transfer students) of first attendance at Cal Poly. A realistic quarter-by-quarter graduation plan may be required to demonstrate whether this is feasible.

  • Students are allowed 1 ICMA per major. Students who do not meet the conditions of their ICMA will not be issued another ICMA for that major.

Step 1: Research

Step 2: Complete Change of Major Inquiry Form

  • Complete the Change of Major Inquiry Form in your portal.

  • You will receive an email response from the department within 10 business days regarding next steps.

  • If you have been notified that you are Eligible to enter into an ICMA, proceed to Step 3. If you have been notified that you are Not Eligible to enter into an ICMA, contact the Mustang Success Center to review alternatives.

Step 3: Meet with the Chair of the Art and Design Department

  • If you have been notified that you are Eligible to enter into an ICMA, go to the Art & Design Department office (building 34, room 169) to complete the Change of Major Request sign-up sheet (located at the front desk) by the end of the third week of the quarter. You will then be scheduled an appointment to meet with the Department Chair.

  • After your appointment with the Department Chair, the department office will provide you with detailed instructions on how to submit your portfolio online. You will also be provided with a due date for your portfolio. Your entire portfolio must be submitted by the due date, no exceptions will be allowed. For more portfolio information, see Portfolio Requirements.

  • You will be notified via your Cal Poly email if your portfolio was accepted by the end of the quarter in which you requested to change your major. If your portfolio is accepted, another appointment with the Chair will be scheduled and an Individual Change of Major Agreement (ICMA) will be developed.

  • The ICMA will serve as a contract, and will be valid for no more than two academic quarters.

  • Once a student meets the terms of the ICMA, they are admitted to their intended major.

    • Students who do not meet the conditions of their ICMA will not be issued another ICMA for this major.

**The completion of coursework without prior consultation with the intended major department does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.**

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