Studio Arts: AA-T Degree

This degree option provides a comprehensive foundation in the studio arts in preparation for transfer to Baccalaureate program in painting, drawings, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, or other studio arts areas 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 advisor to ensure appropriate elective course selections for their intended area of emphasis, e.g. Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking, etc.

Total Units in Area of Emphasis: 24 units (6 units double counted in CSU GE Area C-1.) Total Units in GE (CSU and IGETC): 42 units

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyze and assess diverse historical and contemporary works of art, architecture, and design.
  2. Create art that engages and builds on historical and contemporary practices, theories, and materials.
  3. Translate concepts and visual experience into images or tactile forms.
  4. Present finished artwork for peer, professional or academic review.
  5. Evaluate and critique artwork and receive criticism from others.
  6. Express artistic concepts and intents in written and oral formats.
  7. Safely handle and maintain materials, studio facilities, and equipment.

 Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (12 units)
ARTS-1012D Foundations3
ARTS-1023D Foundations3
ARTS-110Fundamentals of Drawing3
ARTH-106History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3
Required Electives: Art History (3 units)
Complete one course from the following:3
History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Medieval
History of Asian Art
Art of the Ancient Americas
Required Electives: Studio Arts (9 units)
Complete three courses from the following:9
Beginning Ceramics: Hand-Building
Beginning Ceramics: Throwing
Fundamentals of Painting
Figure Drawing
Creative Drawing
Introduction to Printmaking
Clay Sculpture
Digital Art:
Introduction to Digital Art
Beginning Darkroom Photography
Beginning Digital Photography
Color Theory
Total Units24

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.