Art History: AA Degree

This degree provides students a strong foundation in European and non-European visual culture, from pre-history to the contemporary period. Upon successful completion students will be able to pursue a baccalaureate degree at a public or private university. Advanced degrees in Art History prepare students for jobs in museums, galleries, auction houses, or teaching and research at colleges and universities. To fulfill the requirements for this degree, students will complete the required and elective courses as outlined below and work with a counselor to determine the appropriate pattern of general education courses.

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-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 Core Courses (9 units)
ARTH-105History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Medieval3
ARTH-106History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
ARTH-130History of Asian Art3
or ARTH-135 Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America
Required Electives (9 units)
Complete 3 courses from the following:9
History of Graphic Design
Survey of Modern Art
History of Asian Art 1
Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native North America 1
History of Photography
History of Photography
2D Foundations
Introduction to Visual Culture
World History 1
World History 2
Total Units18

If not already completed from required core courses.

To receive an Associate Degree, students must complete 60 degree applicable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0. Students must also complete the NVC General Education pattern to earn an Associate degree. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.