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Art A.A. Degree (10110.AA)

School of Arts and Social Sciences

The study of art will enrich the student’s experience of the world and encourage the student to draw upon creative resources. An education in art can lead to professional or vocational careers, as well as enhance abilities in other fields. The Art Department offers a foundation in theoretical and practical skills, and the opportunity to work in a wide variety of specific art media.

The Art Program provides lower division undergraduate transfer classes, professional preparation, personal development, general interest, and general education, as well as an Associate in Arts degree.

The Associate of Arts Degree in Art is available for students who meet the graduation requirements and complete the following required courses, with a minimum grade of a “C” (or P) in each course in the degree and maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Demonstrate a knowledge of the techniques and processes involved in a variety of two and three dimensional art forms.

B. Create works of art integrating aesthetics with the elements and principles of design theory as applied to studio art and digital art works.

C. Distinguish individual styles as applied to various contemporary media and historic art periods.

D. Develop an appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity in the visual arts.

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

Program Requirements:

Program Core: (18 Units)


ART-02 Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Contemporary


ART-12A Sculpture: 3-D Foundations


ART-15 Design: 2-D Foundations


ART-23A Introduction to Painting


ART-24A Fundamentals of Drawing


ART-26A Introduction to Figure Drawing


Plus 3 units from the following Art History courses:

ART-01 Survey of Western Art from Prehistory Through the Middle Ages (3)
ART-03 Art of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous North Americas (3)
ART-06 Survey of Modern Art (3)
PHOT-33 The History of Photography (3)
ARTD-07 History of Graphic Design (3)
ARTD-08 History of Animation (3)


Plus 9 units from the following courses:

ART-12B Intermediate Sculpture (3)
ART-17A Introduction to Ceramics (3)
ART-17B Intermediate Ceramics (3)
ART-20A Introduction to Printmaking (3)
ART-20B Intermediate Printmaking (3)
ART-23B Intermediate Painting (3)
ART-24B Intermediate Drawing (3)
ART-26B Intermediate Figure Drawing (3)
ART-29A Introduction to Watercolor Painting (3)
ART-29B Watercolor Painting II (3)
ARTD-40A Introduction to Digital Art (3)
ARTD-40B Intermediate Digital Art (3)
ARTD-41A Introduction to Graphic Design: 2D Foundations (3)
ARTD-41B Intermediate Graphic Design: 2D Foundations (3)
ARTD-42A Introduction to Motion Graphics (3)
ARTD-42B Intermediate Motion Graphics (3)
ARTD-45A Animation I: Introduction to Web Design and 2D Animation (3)
ARTD-45B Animation II: Intermediate Web Design and Animation (3)
ARTD-47 Typography I: Introduction to Type Design (3)
PHOT-10A Basic Photography (3)
PHOT-11A Introduction to the Digital Camera (3)


Total: (30 Units)

Completion of MCCD-GE Breadth: (23 units)

Elective (as needed to reach 60 units) Units: (7 Units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

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Contact Information


John Albano


(209) 384-6073

School Office

IAC-A Social Sciences BLDG., 2ND Floor


(209) 381-6478

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