Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Art History

The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer provides a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus, while also serving the diverse needs of students interested in the breadth and depth of the field of Art History. Additionally, this degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths.

The Associate in Arts degree in Art History for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. The Associate in Arts degree in Art History for Transfer (A.A.-T.) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses) and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education‐Breadth Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ART 300 Drawing and Composition I 3
ARTH 302 Art: Stone Age Through the Middle Ages 3
ARTH 308 Renaissance Tradition in Art 3
ARTH 310 Modern Art 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ARTH 333 Introduction to Islamic Art (3)
ARTH 334 International Contemporary Art (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ART 304 Figure Drawing I (3)
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3)
ART 323 Design: Color Theory (3)
ART 327 Painting I (3)
ART 328 Painting II (3)
ART 336 Watercolor Painting (3)
ART 361 Printmaking: Survey (3)
ART 370 Three Dimensional Design (3)
ART 372 Sculpture (3)
ART 375 Figure Sculpture (3)
ART 390 Ceramics (3)
ARTNM 303 Graphic Design: Typography (3)
ARTNM 324 Digital Design (3)
ARTPH 300 Basic Art Photography (3)
ARTPH 305 Digital Photography (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 31
ART 304 Figure Drawing I (3)
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3)
ART 323 Design: Color Theory (3)
ART 327 Painting I (3)
ART 328 Painting II (3)
ART 336 Watercolor Painting (3)
ART 361 Printmaking: Survey (3)
ART 370 Three Dimensional Design (3)
ART 372 Sculpture (3)
ART 375 Figure Sculpture (3)
ART 390 Ceramics (3)
ART 420 Film Making (2)
ART 430 Art and Children (3)
ARTH 333 Introduction to Islamic Art (3)
ARTH 334 International Contemporary Art (3)
ARTNM 303 Graphic Design: Typography (3)
ARTNM 305 History of Graphic Design (3)
ARTNM 324 Digital Design (3)
ARTPH 300 Basic Art Photography (3)
ARTPH 305 Digital Photography (3)
Total Units: 21

1Excluding any courses used to fulfill the degree requirements listed above.

The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • assess and evaluate the contributions of artists throughout history.
  • identify and evaluate works of art or architecture according to their appropriate style and time frame.
  • analyze and critique art and architecture within the context of their functions and meanings.
  • research and assess theoretical information concerning the meanings and purposes of art and architecture.
  • explain the history of cultures and civilizations and how art and architecture is a reflection of that history.

Career Information

Art historians with undergraduate degrees are placed as registrars, preparators, and curatorial staff in art museums and galleries; they can also be employed as art critics in mass media publications, such as newspapers and magazines. An advanced degree allows an art historian a wider range of possible career applications, including museums directorships, curators, instructors, preservationists, researchers, and auction house personnel.


A.A.-T. in Studio Art

Completion of this degree provides a foundation in studio art methods. Program offerings include course work in art history, 2-D, and 3-D studio practices.

The Associate in Arts in Studio Art for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system.

The Associate in Arts in Studio Art for Transfer (A.A.-T.) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses), and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education‐Breadth Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ART 300 Drawing and Composition I 3
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3) 3
ART 370 Three Dimensional Design 3
ARTH 308 Renaissance Tradition in Art 3
ARTH 310 Modern Art 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ARTH 322 Art History of the Non-Western World (3)
   or ARTH 302 Art: Stone Age Through the Middle Ages (3)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
Select three courses, each from a different category listed below:
Drawing
ART 302 Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART 304 Figure Drawing I (3)
ART 305 Figure Drawing II (3)
Color Theory
ART 323 Design: Color Theory (3)
Painting
ART 327 Painting I (3)
ART 336 Watercolor Painting (3)
Printmaking
ART 361 Printmaking: Survey (3)
Sculpture
ART 372 Sculpture (3)
Ceramics
ART 390 Ceramics (3)
Photography
ARTPH 300 Basic Art Photography (3)
ARTPH 305 Digital Photography (3)
Total Units: 27

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The Associate in Arts in Studio Art for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • differentiate major historical movements and developments in the visual arts.
  • compose or design works of art that utilize a combination of technique, materials, visual ideas, and experiences.
  • construct and document an initial portfolio of artworks for professional presentation.
  • critique artworks using correct terminology related to concepts, materials, and techniques.
  • evaluate form, image, and artistic creation of visual artworks from different traditions, cultures, and civilizations.

Career Information

Individuals with four-year degrees in art may be placed in the K-12 educational field as well as in museums and galleries as registrars, preparators, and curatorial staff. Individuals may also work as fine artists, graphic artists or designers, illustrators, computer artists, and other commercial work such as freelance photographers. Advanced degrees in art may lead to careers as educators at the college or university level, art directors, art editors, curators, conservators, and restorers for museums and galleries.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Art

This degree provides a foundation in art principles and practices and is designed for those interested in transferring to a four-year college or university, and for someone interested in furthering his/her visual arts skills. Course work includes study in art history and a wide range of 2-D and 3-D studio practice courses. 2-D refers to drawing, painting, design, and photography; 3-D refers to ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ART 300 Drawing and Composition I 3
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3) 3
ART 370 Three Dimensional Design 3
ART 442 Introduction to Art Gallery Operations (2) 2 - 3
   or ART 444 Art Gallery and Portfolio Preparation (3)
ARTH 302 Art: Stone Age Through the Middle Ages 3
ARTH 308 Renaissance Tradition in Art (3) 3
   or ARTH 310 Modern Art (3)
A minimum of 15 units from the following: 15
ART 302 Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART 304 Figure Drawing I (3)
ART 305 Figure Drawing II (3)
ART 306 Facial Expression and Anatomy (3)
ART 312 Portrait Drawing (3)
ART 314 Introduction to Illustration (3)
ART 323 Design: Color Theory (3)
ART 324 Collage and Assemblage (3)
ART 327 Painting I (3)
ART 328 Painting II (3)
ART 329 Painting III (3)
ART 336 Watercolor Painting (3)
ART 337 Intermediate Watercolor Painting (3)
ART 361 Printmaking: Survey (3)
ART 371 Foundry Casting for Sculpture (3)
ART 372 Sculpture (3)
ART 373 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
ART 375 Figure Sculpture (3)
ART 376 Functional Sculpture (3)
ART 390 Ceramics (3)
ART 391 Intermediate Ceramics (3)
ART 397 Alternative Firing Processes in Ceramics (3)
ART 398 Ceramic Murals and Tiles (3)
ART 420 Film Making (2)
ART 430 Art and Children (3)
ART 440 Artists' Materials and Techniques (3)
ARTH 300 Introduction to Art (3)
ARTH 322 Art History of the Non-Western World (3)
ARTH 333 Introduction to Islamic Art (3)
ARTH 334 International Contemporary Art (3)
ARTPH 300 Basic Art Photography (3)
ARTPH 305 Digital Photography (3)
ARTPH 310 Intermediate Photography (3)
ARTPH 322 Color Photography (3)
ARTPH 340 Alternative Process Photography (3)
ARTPH 350 Documentary Photography (3)
ARTPH 360 Studio Lighting (3)
ARTPH 370 Fashion, Wedding, and Portrait Photography (3)
ARTPH 376 Photography Lab: Portfolio Development (1)
Total Units: 32 - 33

The Art Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • differentiate major historical movements and developments in the visual arts.
  • evaluate major trends and developments in contemporary works of art.
  • compose works of art that utilize a combination of techniques, materials, visual ideas, and experiences.
  • construct and document an initial portfolio of artworks for professional presentations.
  • critique and analyze subject matter in the visual arts based on theory and technique.
  • develop an aesthetic understanding and the ability to make value judgments within the context of images, form, and content of artistic creations.
  • conceive and develop conceptual structures of art imagery within a specific technical process.
  • assess aesthetic and visual traditions.

Career Information

An Associate Degree in art allows individuals to work in the educational field as well as in museums and galleries. Individuals may also work as graphic artists or designers, illustrators, computer artists, and other commercial work such as freelance photographers. Individuals could also work independently, producing works of art which are displayed in museums, galleries, and other exhibition spaces. Advanced degrees in art may lead to careers as educators, directors, curators, conservators, and restorers.

Certificates of Achievement

Freelance Photography Certificate

This certificate provides training for beginning careers in freelance photography. Topics include basic skills necessary for entry level photography positions or small studio businesses in photography.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ART 101 Lightroom and Photoshop Basics 0.5
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3) 3
   or ARTPH 340 Alternative Process Photography (3)
ARTH 300 Introduction to Art (3) 3
   or ARTH 335 Survey of Photography (3)
   or ARTPH 345 Survey of Photography (3)
ARTPH 300 Basic Art Photography (3) 3
ARTPH 305 Digital Photography 3
ARTPH 310 Intermediate Photography 3
ARTPH 315 Trends in Software and Social Media for Photographers 3
ARTPH 322 Color Photography (3) 3
ARTPH 350 Documentary Photography (3) 3
   or ARTPH 370 Fashion, Wedding, and Portrait Photography (3)
ARTPH 360 Studio Lighting 3
ARTPH 375 Freelance Photography Careers 2
ARTPH 376 Photography Lab: Portfolio Development (1) 1 - 4
   or ARTPH 498 Work Experience in Art Photography (1 -4)
Total Units: 30.5 - 33.5

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • select appropriate digital and film camera equipment and software for various client-based shooting assignments
  • utilize a variety of studio lighting techniques for fine art photography or commercial photography
  • organize a workflow for storing and editing photographs
  • apply design knowledge and skill in the use of photo editing on the computer
  • evaluate digital and film photographs for aesthetic quality
  • design and create photographic compositions using the principles of visual organization: unity, balance, harmony-variety, rhythm, pattern, proportion/scale, movement, and economy
  • compare and contrast historical works of art as they relate to an overall formal assessment of photography
  • analyze the different photographic genres throughout history
  • develop portfolios of photographs for specific clients
  • develop a plan for launching a career in freelance photography
  • make effective decisions, use workforce information, and manage his/her personal career plans

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Freelance Photography Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Job opportunities include, but are not limited to, studio assistant, studio photographer, freelance photographer, editorial photographer, stock photographer, and photo lab manager.


Gallery Management Certificate

This certificate provides a foundation of knowledge, and experience in, the everyday working practices of art museums and galleries.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ART 442 Introduction to Art Gallery Operations 2
ART 443 Art Gallery Operations 3
ART 445 Art Gallery Operations 3
ARTH 300 Introduction to Art (3) 3
   or ARTH 310 Modern Art (3)
   or ARTH 334 International Contemporary Art (3)
BUS 224 Customer Service 1
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
ART 498 Work Experience in Art (1 - 4)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 61
ART 300 Drawing and Composition I (3)
ARTNM 322 Beginning Digital Art (3)
ARTPH 305 Digital Photography (3)
Total Units: 19

1or any other studio course from the ART, ARTNM, or ARTPH designators.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • recognize major historical developments in art and culture as they relate to museum and gallery practices.
  • identify necessary skills for organizing art exhibits in a gallery setting.
  • utilize advanced skills in gallery scheduling and exhibition procedures.
  • apply terminology associated with the visual arts while relating to artists and the community.
  • apply writing skills to create proposals for exhibitions and to generate community interest.

Certificate

Sculpture Certificate

This certificate provides training for beginning careers in metal fabrication and sculpture. Topics include the basic skills necessary for entry-level fabrication positions or small studio businesses in sculpture.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ART 370 Three Dimensional Design 3
ART 372 Sculpture 3
ART 375 Figure Sculpture 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ART 376 Functional Sculpture (3)
ART 373 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
Total Units: 12

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • analyze compositional principles as they apply to three-dimensional form and space.
  • create sculpture utilizing basic traditional and contemporary techniques.
  • demonstrate the proper and safe use of a gas forge, the anvil, and other related metal working equipment.
  • demonstrate blacksmith techniques such as punching, twisting, drawing out, and upsetting.
  • utilize tools and technology such as forms, molds, crucible, melting furnace, and metal pouring equipment.
  • describe the proper technique for applying patinas.
  • evaluate blue print drawings as they relate to foundry casting.
  • define the properties of sculptural form and space.
  • demonstrate creative abilities.
  • generate sculpture(s) based on a variety of source material.
  • cite traditional and non-traditional metal working techniques as they apply to three-dimensional functional and non-functional art forms.
  • express creativity through a process of conception, design, execution, finish, and presentation.