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Studio Arts A.A.-T. Degree (10550.AAT)

School of Arts and Social Sciences

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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 in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree is designed around a core education that includes the study of various media in the visual arts and art history. Upon completion, students with an AA-T in Studio Art will be eligible to transfer with junior standing into an equivalent major within the California State University (CSU) system. Students will be given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college area of emphasis.

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Studio Arts or similar major.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

A. Demonstrate knowledge of 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 applies to areas of interest in drawing, painting, design, printmaking, digital art, sculpture, ceramics, or mixed media.

C. Distinguish individual styles as applied to various media, historic art periods and/or cultural diversity.

D. Develop an appreciation and understanding of a wide range of historical content through the visual arts both traditional and contemporary.

For an Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer (AA-T), students must complete the following:

  1. 60 semester CSU-transferable units.

  2. the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

  3. a minimum of 18 semester units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.

  4. obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

  5. earn a grade of C (or P) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis

Note: Students are not required to complete any additional local graduation requirements for the AA-T (e.g., PE and Computer and Information Literacy courses).

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

Program Requirements

Program Core: (12 Units)


ART-02 Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Contemporary


ART-12A Sculpture: 3-D Foundations


ART-15 Design: 2- D Foundations


ART-24A Fundamentals of Drawing


List A: Select a minimum of 3 units

ART-01 Survey of Western Art from Prehistory Through the Middle Ages (3)
ART-06 Survey of Modern Art (3)


List B: Select a minimum of 9 units

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-23A Introduction to Painting (3)
ART-24B Intermediate Drawing (3)
ART-26A Introduction to Figure Drawing (3)
ART-29A Introduction to Watercolor Painting (3)
ARTD-40A Introduction to Digital Art (3)
ARTD-41A Introduction to Graphic Design: 2D Foundations (3)
PHOT-10A Introduction to Photography (3)


Total Units toward the Major: (24 Units)

Total Units that may be double counted: (-3-6 Units)

General Education (CSU-GE or IGETC) Units: (37-39 Units)

Elective (CSU Transferable) Units: (2-5 Units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

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Contact Information


John Albano


(209) 384-6073

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IAC-A Social Sciences BLDG., 2ND Floor


(209) 381-6478

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