Art - Studio Arts

Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer Degree 2017-2018

(MAJOR #C.5203.AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer Degree is designed to give students basic skills in 2D and 3D composition, an introductory level of knowledge of art history and computer digital art familiarity. The primary focus is to prepare students for transfer into, as well as to complete, a Bachelors of Art degree program within the California State University system. The secondary focus is to prepare students to enter into the multiple career paths of visual communication fields such as graphic design, architecture, web-based media, animation, filmmaking, fine arts, and more.

No other major engages or encourages creativity as much as an art major.Art and design permeate everything we see, hear, touch, wear, or otherwise interact with. A creative professional thought up the icons on your smartphone; designed the cut, color, and texture of your clothing; created the label on your favorite beverage; conceived of the characters in your favorite video game; told an engaging story through film or animation; and creatively solved a problem. With the exponential growth of computer based social networks and other digital forms of human exchange, artists and designers will continue to be necessary and integral cultural producers, storytellers, and creative problem solvers. Studio Arts graduates are qualified for countless employment opportunities in the art, design, entertainment and creative fields.

Major requirements (24 units minimum)
A grade of “C” or better is required in the following courses:

Required Core:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
ART 3 Two Dimensional Design 3 ARTS 100
ART 4 Three Dimensional Design 3 ARTS 101
ART 7 Beginning Drawing 3 ARTS 110
ART 6 or
Art History 2 or
Honors Art History 2
3 ARTH 120
List A:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
ART 5 Art History 1 3 ARTS 110
List B: select three courses:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
ART 9 Beginning Painting: Oil and Acrylic 3 ARTS 210
ART 17 Intermediate Drawing 3 ARTS 205
PHOTO 1 Basics of Digital Photography 3 ARTS 260
ART 30A Illustrator: Beginning Computer Drawing and Design 3 ARTS 250
ART 37A Photoshop: Digital Visual Art 3 ARTS 250

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge of the elements and principles of design to the description and/or production of artwork.
  2. Communicate effectively in one or more of the following ways; verbally, written, and visually with emphasis on concepts of content and form.
  3. Understand the impact of the visual arts in a personal, cultural, and global context.
  4. Apply knowledge of techniques and media through production and description of artwork.
  5. Evaluate and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of an artworks’ effectiveness to visually communicate.
  6. Solve visual problems through the artistic process.

To obtain the Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer Degree, students must complete the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 60 CSU-transferrable units with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better must be completed.
  • Certification of either the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU version) is required.
    CSU GE-Breadth and IGETC advising sheets are available in Student Services, AC2# 133 or online at
  • Courses may double count in the major and CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC.

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Faculty Advisors: Dent, Johnson, King, Ledgerwood

2017 - 2018 Studio Arts for Transfer Printable Major Sheet