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 Associate in Arts​​ for Transfer: Studio Arts


The AA-T in Studio Arts program provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of art, including conceptual awareness of current issues in art, technical competencies, visual aptitudes, and skills in many areas of human interaction, including relationship building, intercultural competency, critical thinking, information competency, teamwork and leadership. Students develop an understanding of the principles of art and design while investigating concepts and applying these elements to two dimensional compositions and three dimensional forms. The Art program is academically grounded in the liberal arts tradition of cultural studies, history, philosophy, and technical processes. It provides a hands-on, learn-by-doing environment that gives students experiences and skills to complement many career paths. The AA-T in Studio Arts will align with the CSU Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees. This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.​


Upon successful completion of this degree, the student will be able to: 

  1. Describe and successfully apply the elements and principles of art and design to two dimensional compositions or three dimensional forms 
  2. Select appropriate tools and techniques in dealing with a variety of media to demonstrate informed, skilled and sensitive handling in the execution of two dimensional imagery and three dimensional forms. 
  3. Investigate, develop and employ conceptual themes which clearly and consistently reflect the student’s point of view. 
  4. Effectively identify and utilize resources for art history research. 
  5. Articulate in writing his/her objective and subjective understanding of two and three-dimensional works. 
  6. Orally evaluate the works of fellow students and implement suggestions made through the evaluation of his/her work by others. 
  7. Transfer to a California State University with a major in Studio Arts. 


In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in this major.​

Suggested Sequences of Classes for Associate in Arts for Transfer in Studio Arts

Semester Offered\Method of Instruction
Semester 1 (Fall) 
Course ​Course Name Units Fall Spring Summer
ART 21A Beginning Freehand Drawing
3 units FF FF
One Class from List A 3 units
​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Semester 2 (Spring)​

ART 12  Beginning Form, Design and Color
3 units FF FF
and One class from List B 3 units
​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Semester 3 (Fall)
ART 15 Three Dimensional Design
3 units FF Ff
One class from List B
3 units
Semester 4 (Spring)
ART 3*# History of Western Arts Since 1400 3 units O FF
and One class from List B 3 units​

List A (Choose one course from the following):​​​​​​
​ART 2*# ​History of Western Art Through Gothic Period 3 units​ ​FF,O ​O
​ART 4*# ​World Music​ 3 units​ ​FF ​FF ​FF
​List B (Choose three courses from the following):
​ART 13 ​Intermediate Form, Design and Color 3 units​ ​FF
​ART 21B ​Intermediate Freehand Drawing  ​3 units ​FF
​ART 31A ​Beginning Figure Drawing ​​3 units ​FF ​FF
​ART 29A ​Beginning Painting ​3 units ​FF ​FF
​ART 35A ​Beginning Ceramics 3 units​ ​FF ​FF ​FF
​ART 45 ​Beginning Glass 3 units​ ​FF ​FF
​ART 50A ​Beginning Printmaking 3 units​ ​FF
​ART 55A ​Beginning Sculpture 3 units​ ​FF ​FF
​ART 70A ​Beginning Digital Photography 3 units​ ​FF ​FF
​ART 80A ​Graphic Design 3 units​ ​FF ​FF ​FF
​ART 35B ​Intermediate Ceramics 3 units​ ​FF ​FF
Required for Major: 24 units
General Education Total: 37-39** units
General Electives: 3-5** units
Degree Total = 60

Key to table abbreviations

O = Course is Offered Online 
ITV = Course is offered through Interactive Video 
FF = Course is offered Face to Face (in-person)
HYB = Hybrid

* May be used to fulfill CSU General E​ducation requirements.  See a counselor
** Number will vary depending on units that double count​
#​​​​ May be used to fulfill IGETC​ requirements. See a counselor​.