Art Degree Programs

Course Number C-ID Course Title Units
ARTS 31 ARTS 110 Beginning Drawing 3 units
ARTS 33A ARTS 100 Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ARTS 81 ARTS 101 Three-Dimensional Design 3 units
ARTS 55 ARTS 250 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ARTS 62A ARTS 260 Basic Photography 3 units
ARTS 1B ARTH 120 Survey of Western Art II 3 units

The "Orange Core" is 18 units of required coursework at many universities, including San Jose State University.

The WVC courses listed above have been approved by the C-ID program and given a C-ID designation. The courses with the C-ID designation will articulate with any other CCC course with the same designation for course content credit.

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 Courses (9 units)

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: Select one from below (3 units)

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

List B: Select one from below (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 31B Expressive Drawing 3 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 62A Basic Photography 3 units
ARTS 81 3-Dimensional Design 3 units

List C: Select one from below or from List A or B not already used (3 units)

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

Major Requirements: 18 units

CSU GE Breadth or IGETC for CSU Requirements: 37 – 39 units

Elective Units As Needed To Total 60 CSU Transferable Units

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 Courses (12 units)

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

List A: Select one from below (3 units)

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

List B: Curricular Areas (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 31B Expressive Drawing 3 units
ARTS 33C Color Design 3 units
ARTS 35A Beginning Life Drawing 3 units
ARTS 49A Beginning Painting 3 units
ARTS 49B Intermediate Painting 3 units
ARTS 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ARTS 57A Animation I 3 units
ARTS 62A Basic Photography  3 units
ARTS 65B Ceramics – Handbuilding II 3 units
ARTS 67B Ceramics – Potter’s Wheel  3 units
ARTS 85 Sculpture 3 units

Major Requirements: 24 – 25 units

CSU GE Breadth or IGETC for CSU Requirements: 37 – 39 units

Elective Units As Needed To Total 60 CSU Transferable Units

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

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 31A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ARTS 33A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ARTS 81 Three-Dimensional Design 3 units
ARTS 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ARTS 62A Basic Photography 3 units
ARTS 1B Survey of Western Art II 3 units
ARTS H Choose from List A 3 units
ARTS 57A Animation I 4 units

The above 8 courses complete the AA-T degree om Studio Art, Animation Pathway.

Recommended additional coursework/portfolio development in Animation

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 57B Animation II 4 units
ARTS 57C Animation I 4 units

Note: The Associate Degree for Transfer can be seen as a minimum requirement for acceptance as a junior to CSU/UC and other transfer institutions. Many programs require additional portfolio reviews once accepted to the university. We recommend using the ADT as a great starting point, and adding as much extra art media experience that your course schedule will allow, in addition to the GE requirements.

Last Updated 12/9/19