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Associate of Arts Degree 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

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 1A Survey of Western Art I 3 units
ARTS 1B Survey of Western Art II 3 units
ARTS 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units

List A: 3 units (Select One)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 7 The Art of Asia 3 units
ARTS 12A Art of Pre-Historic Mexico 3 units
ARTS 12B Art of Colonial & Modern Mexico 3 units
ARTS 1J Survey of Non-Western Art: Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous North Americas 3 units

List B: 3 units (Select One)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 33A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ARTS 33C Color Design 3 units
ARTS 35A Beginning Life Drawing 3 units
ARTS 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ARTS 81 3-Dimensional Design 3 units
ARTS 62A Basic Photography 3 units
ARTS 31B Expressive Drawing 3 units

List C: 3 units (Select one, including any course from List A or B not already used)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 1D Survey of Modern Art 3 units
ARTS 1E Design in Society 3 units
ARTS 1G History of Photography 3 units
ARTS 10 American Art: A Multicultural Approach 3 units
ARTS 13 African-American Art History 3 units
ARTS 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

Recommended Course Sequence

Fall, Year 1 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 1B Survey of Western Art II 3 units
ARTS 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 1A Survey of Western Art II 3 units

Spring, Year 1; Fall, Year 2; Spring, Year 2 (9 units)

Select 1 course from List A, B, C. See above for more details.

Required Major Total: 18 units

Associate of Arts for Transfer Degree 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

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 1B Survey of Western Art II 3 units
ARTS 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ARTS 33A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ARTS 81 3-Dimensional Design 3 units

List A: 3 units (Select One)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 1A Survey of Western Art I 3 units
ARTS 1E Design in Society 3 units
ARTS 7 The Art of Asia 3 units
ARTS 1J Survey of Non-Western Art: Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous North Americas 3 units

List B (Curricular Areas): 9 units

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 35A Beginning Life Drawing 3 units
ARTS 33C Color Design 3 units
ARTS 49A Beginning Painting 3 units
ART 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ARTS 49B Intermediate Painting 3 units
ARTS 57A Animation I 4 units
ARTS 65B Ceramics – Handbuilding 3 units
ARTS 67B Ceramics – Potter's Wheel 3 units
ARTS 85B Sculpture 3 units
ARTS 62A Basic Photography 3 units
ARTS 31B Expressive Drawing 3 units
Total Major Units   24–25 units
GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC)   37–39 units
Total Degree Units   60 units

Recommended Course Sequence

Fall, Year 1 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 1B Survey of Western Art II 3 units
ARTS 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 33A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 81 3-Dimensional Design 3 units

List A

Spring, Year 2 (3 units)

Select 1 course

List B: Curricular Areas

Fall, Year 2 and Spring, Year 2 (9 units)

Select courses from list.

Required Major Total: 24-25 units

last published: 7/2/18