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Degree Programs

A.A. in Art History

The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree (AA-T in Art History) is a 60-unit program which provides lower division education to students planning to transfer to a CSU in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in Art History or Art with an emphasis in Art History. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree (AA-T in Art History) will be able to attribute artworks to artist, culture, country and/or style, give rationale for attribution, respond to artworks on both intellectual and emotional levels, and analyze iconography.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements, or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the college.

Required Core Classes

ART 1A Survey of Western Art I 3 units
  OR  
ART 1AH Honors Survey of Wester Art 3 units
ART 1B Survey of Western Art II 3 units
  OR  
ART 1BH Honors Survey of Western Art II 3 units
ART 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units
List A – Select one    
ART 7 The Art of Asia 3 units
ART 12A Art of Pre-Historic Mexico 3 units
ART 12B Art of Colonial & Modern Mexico 3 units
List B – Select one    
ART 33A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 33C Color Design 3 units
ART 35A Beginning Life Drawing 3 units
ART 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ART 81 3-Dimensional Design 3 units
PHOTO 1 Basic Photography 3 units
List C – Select one    
Any class from List A or B not already used    
ART 1D Art of the 20th Century 3 units
  OR   
ART 1DH Honors Art of the 20th Century 3 units
ART 1E Design in Society 3 units
ART 1G History of Photography 3 units
ART 10 American Art: A Multicultural Approach 3 units
ART 13 African-American Art History 3 units
ART 14 Women in Art History 3 units
Total Major Units   18 units
GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC)   37–39 units
Total Degree Units   60 units

CSU transferable elective courses are required when the major units plus transfer GE units total is less than 60

A.A.-T in Studio Art

The Associate in Arts in Studio Art for Transfer degree (AA-T in Studio Art) is designed to provide lower division education to students planning to transfer to a CSU institution in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in Art, Visual and Public Art or Visual and Performing Arts. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Studio Art for Transfer degree (AA-T in Studio Art) will be able to examine and evaluate artwork in terms of strengths and goals; create drawings that demonstrate proportion, value, volume, composition, chiaroscuro and perspective and techniques of pencil, ink and charcoal application; and create an art project that uses the elements of design point, line, plane, value, and other design principles of organization.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

Required Core Classes

ART 1B Survey of Western Art II 3 units
  OR  
ART 1BH Honors Survey of Western Art II 3 units
ART 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ART 33A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 81 3-Dimensional Design 3 units
List A – Select one    
ART 1A Survey of Western Art I 3 units
  OR  
ART 1AH Honors Survey of Western Art II 3 units
ART 1E Design in Society 3 units
ART 7 The Art of Asia 3 units
List B – Select three    
ART 35A Beginning Life Drawing 3 units
ART 33C Color Design 3 units
ART 49A Beginning Painting 3 units
ART 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ART 49B Intermediate Painting 3 units
  OR  
ART 57A Animation I 4 units
  OR  
ART 65B Ceramics–Handbuilding 3 units
  OR  
ART 67B Ceramics–Potter's Wheel 3 units
  OR  
ART 85B Sculpture 3 units
Total Major Units   24–25 units
GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC)   37–39 units
Total Degree Units   60 units

A.A. in Art

Emphasis in Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting/Drawing, or Sculpture.

After completing an A.A. degree in Art, a student will be able to:

  • Analyze a variety of artists, artistic styles, and historical periods.
  • Create works of art that represent technical skills and good craftsmanship.
  • Evaluate works of art created by self and others.

Required Core Classes: 24 units

ART 1A Survey of Western Art I 3 units
ART 1B Survey of Western Art II 3 units
ART 1E Design in Society 3 units
ART 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ART 31B Expressive Drawing 3 units
ART 31C Representational Drawing 3 units
ART 33A Two Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 33C Color Design 3 units
Elective Classes: 3 units    
ART 1D Art of the 20th Century 3 units
ART 7 The Art of Asia 3 units
ART 10 American Art: A Multicultural Approach 3 units
ART 12A Art of Pre–Hispanic Mexico 3 units
ART 12B Art of Colonial and Modern Mexico 3 units
ART 35A Beginning Life Drawing 3 units
ART 35B Intermediate Life Drawing 3 units
ART 35C Intermediate–Advanced Life Drawing 3 units
ART 35D Advanced Life Drawing 3 units
ART 47A Beginning Watercolor 3 units
ART 47B Intermediate Watercolor 3 units
ART 47C Intermediate–Advanced Watercolor 3 units
ART 47D Advanced Watercolor 3 units
ART 49A Beginning Painting 3 units
ART 49B Intermediate Painting 3 units
ART 49C Intermediate–Advanced Painting 3 units
ART 49D Advanced Painting 3 units
ART 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ART 65A Ceramics – Handbuilding 3 units
ART 65B Ceramics – Handbuilding 3 units
ART 65C Ceramics – Handbuilding 3 units
ART 65D Advanced Handbuilt Ceramics 3 units
ART 67A Ceramics – Potter's Wheel 3 units
ART 67B Ceramics – Potter's Wheel 3 units
ART 67C Ceramics – Potter's Wheel 3 units
ART 67D Ceramics – Potter's Wheel 3 units
Total Major Units   27 units

 

Transfer students planning to concentrate in Art History should be advised that there may be a foreign language requirement. Please consult a counselor.

To be awarded an A. A. Degree, a student must complete:

  1. All the major requirements.
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements

A.A. in Computer Arts: Animation

After completing the Associate of Arts degree in Computer Arts: Animation, a student will be able to:

  • Articulate a project proposal.
  • Determine the most appropriate tools and techniques available.
  • Design a media arts storyboard and production plan with timeline.
  • Create a media art work.
  • Exhibit the media art work.
  • Defend the work’s hypothesis or intent, verbally and in writing.
  • Evaluate the work’s effectiveness.

Required Core Classes: 24 units

ART 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ART 33A Two–Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 33C Color Design 3 units
ART 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ART 57A Animation I 3 units
ART 57B Animation II 3 units
ART 60A Computer Arts: Interactive Digital Video Art 3 units
ART 60B Computer Arts: Multimedia Art Production 3 units
Recommended: 1 unit    
CA 20 Macintosh – An Introduction 1 unit
  OR  
CA 70 Using Microsoft Windows 1 unit
Total Major Units   24 units

To be awarded an A.A. Degree, a student must complete:

  1. All the major requirements.
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement in Computer Arts: Animation

After completing the certificate in Computer Arts: Animation, a student will be able to:

  • Articulate a project proposal.
  • Determine the most appropriate tools and techniques available.
  • Design a media arts storyboard and production plan with timeline.
  • Create a media art work.
  • Exhibit the media art work.
  • Defend the work’s hypothesis or intent, verbally and in writing
  • Evaluate the work’s effectiveness.

Required Core Classes: 24 units

ART 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ART 33A Two–Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 33C Color Design 3 units
ART 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ART 57A Animation I 3 units
ART 57B Animation II 3 units
ART 60A Computer Arts: Interactive Digital Video Art 3 units
ART 60B Computer Arts: Multimedia Art Production 3 units
Recommended: 1 unit    
CA 20 Macintosh – An Introduction 1 unit
  OR  
CA 70 Using Microsoft Windows 1 unit
Total Major Units   24 units
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