Art: Degrees and Certifications





This program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a California State University (CSU) with the intent of earning a B.A. degree in an area such as Fine Arts or Studio Arts. Students who earn this degree will have the techniques necessary to create a variety of two and three-dimensional art projects while demonstrating an increased aesthetic awareness. They will have the ability to use visual media to generate ideas, solve visual problems, enhance perception, think and respond critically to visual information in their lives, identify and describe the historical and cultural contexts of artwork, and assess the role of the visual arts in culture as a vehicle of human expression. 

The following is required for the Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.

  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.

  3. Minimum of 18 semester units in the major as detailed below.

  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern; see Degree Requirements and Transfer Information section for more information. Note: If following IGETC GE pattern, IGETC-CSU pattern must be followed for admission to a CSU.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Use the vocabulary of the visual arts to express their observations as they perceive and respond to works of art, objects in nature, events, and the environment.

  • Apply artistic processes and skills using a variety of media to communicate meaning and intent in original works of art.

  • Analyze the role and development of the visual arts in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to the visual arts and the artists.

  • Analyze and derive meaning from works of art, including their own, according to the elements of art, the principles of design, and aesthetic qualities.

  • Apply what they have learned in the visual arts across subject areas by developing competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, management of time, and identifying resources that contribute to lifelong learning, career skills, and careers in and related to the visual arts.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements:
Core Curriculum:

CourseTitle Units
ART 120 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART 124 Drawing I 3
ART 129Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 141 History of Western Art II: 1250 A.D. to Present Time 3
Total 12

List A: Select one (1) of the following:

ART 140 History of Western Art I:  Prehistoric to 1250 A.D. 3
ART 143 Modern Art3
ART 144 Architecture of the 20th Century3
ART 145 Contemporary Art History: 1945 to Present3
Total 3

List B: Select three (3) of the following:

ART 121 Painting I 3
ART 125 Drawing II 3
ART 135 Watercolor Painting I3
ART 148 Introduction to Crafts  (Course Approval Pending)3
ART 230 Figure Drawing I 3
GD 110 Graphic Design Principles 3
Total 9


  Total Units for Major (includes 6 units for CSU, GD, or IGETC-CSU 24
  Total Additional Units for CSU, GE Breadth or IGETC-CSU 31 - 33
  Total Transferable Elective Units3 - 5
  Total Units for Degree 60


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