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 selected unknown works of art to the artist, culture, country, and/or style, giving the reasons for attribution;
  • Respond to works of art on both intellectual and emotional levels;
  • Recognize and analyze iconography specific to non-western cultures.

Students must complete the following ADT requirements

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU) CE-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 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.

See ADT Requirements

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

Portfolio Development in Studio Arts Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Portfolio Development in Studio Arts is a 24-27 unit certificate designed to provide students with a broad experience in a variety of media along with the opportunity to progress in a specific area of concentration.

The certificate as a stand-alone is appropriate for the returning professional who is seeking to develop their Studio Arts portfolio. The certificate, in conjunction with the Associate Degree for Transfer (AD-T) in Studio Arts is appropriate for the competitive portfolio-review requirements of the BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) bound transfer student.

Students complete a shared core of 15-units in drawing, 2D & 3D design, digital media and photography; while also completing 3 additional courses in one of the following ;discipline areas: Drawing/Painting, Sculpture/Ceramics, Photography, or Animation.

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to effectively:

  • demonstrate a fundamental understanding of design principles, art concepts and vocabulary across a variety of media
  • utilize industry standard tools and techniques in order to produce professional quality work in a particular genre (form, style, or subject matter)
  • manage the research, concept design, planning, production, exhibition and distribution of original work
  • give and receive constructive critical feedback both in writing and verbal communications
  • recognize parallel applications in other media

Core Courses (15 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 031A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ARTS 055 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ARTS 033A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ARTS 062A Basic Photography 3 units
ARTS 081 3-Dimensional Design 3 units

Complete 3 courses from one concentration

Concentration: Animation

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 057A Animation I 4 units
ARTS 057B Animation II 4 units
ARTS 057C Animation III 4 units

Concentration: Drawing/Painting

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 031B Expressive Drawing units
ARTS 031C Representational Drawing 3 units
ARTS 033C Color Design 3 units
ARTS 035A Beginning Life Drawing 3 units
ARTS 035B Intermediate Life Drawing 3 units
ARTS 035C Intermediate-Advanced Life Drawing 3 units
ARTS 035D Advanced Life Drawing 3 units
ARTS 047A Beginning Watercolor 3 units
ARTS 047B Intermediate Watercolor 3 units
ARTS 047C Intermediate-Advanced Watercolor 3 units
ARTS 047D Advanced Watercolor 3 units
ARTS 049A Beginning Painting 3 units
ARTS 049B Intermediate Painting 3 units
ARTS 049C Intermediate-Advanced Painting 3 units
ARTS 049D Advanced Painting 3 units

Concentration: Photography

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 062B Black and White Photography 3 units
ARTS 062C Color Photography 3 units
ARTS 062D Studio Photography 3 units

Concentration: Sculpture/Ceramics

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 065A Ceramics-Handbuilding 3 units
ARTS 065B Ceramics-Handbuilding II 3 units
ARTS 065C Ceramics-Handbuilding III 3 units
ARTS 065D Advanced Handbuilt Ceramics IV 3 units
ARTS 067A Ceramics-Potter’s Whee 3 units
ARTS 067B Ceramics-Potter’s Whee 3 units
ARTS 085A Sculpture 3 units
ARTS 085B Sculpture 3 units
ARTS 088A Metal Sculpture Casting 3 units
ARTS 088B Metal Sculpture Casting 3 units

Total Certificate Units: 24-27 units

See Recommended Course Sequences

Fall,Year 1 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 031A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ARTS 033A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 81A 3-Dimensional Design 3 units
Any Concentration Course 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 062A Basic Photography 3 units
Any Concentration Course 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 055 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
Any Concentration Course 3 units

Fall,Year 1 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 031A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ARTS 081 3-Dimensional Design 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 033A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
Any Concentration Course 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 062A Basic Photography 3 units
Any Concentration Course 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 055 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
Any Concentration Course 3 units

Fall,Year 1 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 031A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ARTS 062A Basic Photography 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 033A Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
Any Concentration Course 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 055 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
Any Concentration Course 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (6 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 081 3-Dimensional Design 3 units
Any Concentration Course 3 units

Fall,Year 1 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 031A Beginning Drawing 3 units
ARTS 055 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (7 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 057A Animation I 4 units
ARTS 033A

Fall, Year 2 (7 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 057B Animation II 4 units
ARTS 081 3-Dimensional Design 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (7 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 057C Animation III 4 units
ARTS 062A Basic Photography 3 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 12/20/21