Studio Arts, A.A.-T

An Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer will fulfill the requirements for students to transfer to a CSU institution as a Studio Arts major and prepare students with a cohesive body of work so that they may begin development of their artist portfolio while they work towards a BA or BFA.

This Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing this degree is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan and receive university admission and transfer requirements.

AA.ARTSA.OPTBAAT or AA.ARTSA.OPTCAAT

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CSU: General Education Option B

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ART-102 Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century (formerly Art History: Renaissance to 20th Century Art) 3
ART-108 Beginning Drawing 3
MATH-115 Ideas of Mathematics 3
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
ART-120 2D Design 3
ART-101 Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art 3
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
ART-121 Color Theory 3
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
ART-122 3D Design 3
ART-131 Introduction to Digital Art 3
ASL-100 American Sign Language I 4
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 2
ART-115 Painting I 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context  
Latinx/Chicanx Literature  
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)  
 Units12
 Total Units60

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. 

UC: General Education Option C

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ART-102 Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century (formerly Art History: Renaissance to 20th Century Art) 3
ART-108 Beginning Drawing 3
MATH-115 Ideas of Mathematics 3
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
ART-120 2D Design 3
ART-101 Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art 3
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
ART-121 Color Theory 3
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
ART-122 3D Design 3
ART-131 Introduction to Digital Art 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 2
ART-115 Painting I 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
DAN-100 History and Appreciation of Dance 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
 Units12
 Total Units60

NOTE: For students who did not meet the LOTE requirement in high school, they may fulfill Area 6 by demonstrating proficiency by completing ASL-100 American Sign Language I, FREN-101 Elementary French I or SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I with a grade C or better. Languages other than English for Native Speakers are also acceptable for meeting this requirement. 

Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
ART-102Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century (formerly Art History: Renaissance to 20th Century Art)3
or ART-102H Honors Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century (formerly Art History: Renaissance to 20th Century Art)
ART-108Beginning Drawing3
ART-1202D Design3
ART-1223D Design3
List A: Select one
Select one of the following:3
Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art
Honors Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art
World Art
Honors World Art
List B: Select three
Select three of the following:9
Intermediate Drawing
Life Drawing
Painting I
Color Theory
Graphic Design I
Introduction to Typography (formerly Graphic Design: Typography)
Introduction to Digital Art
Ceramic Arts
Sculpture
Graphic Design II
Digital Photography Production I
Total Units24
Course Title Credits
Units for Major24
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 37-39
Possible double counting: 6 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 CSU transferable units)

Total Units for A.A.-T Degree: 60 units 

The overall requirements for this Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) can be met by:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
  • Completion of California State University General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Completion of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is acceptable if pass is defined as a grade of C or better. ADTs are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing an ADT is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a Counselor to develop a comprehensive educational plan to further understand university and transfer requirements.

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