Art History: AA-T Degree

This degree option provides a comprehensive foundation in art history in preparation for transfer in the field to a Baccalaureate program in the California State University system. To fulfill the requirements for this degree, students will complete required and elective lower division major preparation courses listed below and the appropriate general education pattern (CSU GE or IGETC). Additional NVC graduation requirements do not apply to this degree. Students must pass all courses in the area of emphasis with a minimum of “C” and maintain an overall minimum 2.0 GPA. Additionally, students pursuing this degree option must work with a counselor and faculty adviser to ensure appropriate elective course selection. The total for the Art History Major is 18 units.

Career Opportunities

Museums/Galleries--curators, collections management, exhibition design, events planning, image rights and reproduction Education--primary and secondary teaching, college/university teaching, visual resources curating Art Sales--antiques dealing and appraisal, art authentication, gallery sales Business--corporate collection and management, market research, product development, website development Travel and Tourism--tour guide/cultural ambassadors for domestic and foreign cities, tour guides for cruises, resorts, hotels.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize works of art and architecture from diverse historic periods and geographic areas.
  2. Employ both observational skills and deductive reasoning to understand art and architecture as forms operating within a specific historical, political, philosophical, or religious context.
  3. Through written and oral communication, discern the ways in which specific works of art and architecture relate to one another (comparison/contrast) and to other forms of visual culture.
Degree Requirements 
Required Courses (9 units)
ARTH-105History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Medieval3
ARTH-106History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
ARTS-110Fundamentals of Drawing3
Required Electives: List A (3 units)
Complete 1 course from the following:3
History of Asian Art
Art of the Ancient Americas
Required Electives: List B (3 units)
Complete 1 course from the following:3
Any studio arts courses that transfers as CSU GE or
2D Foundations
3D Foundations
Figure Drawing
Beginning Ceramics: Hand-Building
Introduction to Digital Art
Beginning Darkroom Photography
Beginning Digital Photography
Required Electives: List C (3 units)
Complete 1 course from the following:3
Any course from List A or B not already used, or
History of Graphic Design
Survey of Modern Art
History of Photography
World History 1
World History 2
Survey and Appreciation of Film
Introduction to Philosophy 1
Introduction to Philosophy 2
History of Photography
Contemporary Issues in Photography
Photography in a Multicultural United States
Total Units18

To receive an Associate Degree for Transfer, students must complete 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and either the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.