A.A. in Visual Arts

The Visual Arts curriculum offers instruction in theory, practice and history. These three areas of study provide the foundation needed to begin a career in Visual Arts. The foundation courses meet prerequisite requirements to UC, CSU systems and four-year art schools.

Students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor or counselor in course selection. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of transfer institutions.

Students receiving this degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the District General Education Pattern, CSUGE or IGETC.
    If transferring to a CSU or UC students are strongly recommended to complete the CSUGE or IGETC General Education Patterns. Students looking to transfer to an out of state or private college should consult with a counselor for the appropriate GE pattern selection.
  2. Complete with a “C” or better each course as specified by the major.
  3. Maintain an overall GPA of a 2.0 or better in all degree applicable coursework.
  4. Meet the local area requirement of Kinesiology/Dance.
Required courses:
ART 100ASurvey of Western Art from Prehistory through the Middle Ages3
or ART 100AH Survey of Western Art from Prehistory through the Middle Ages - Honors
or ART 100BH Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Contemporary - Honors
or ART 100BH Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Contemporary - Honors
ART 111Beginning Drawing3
ART 120Two-Dimensional Design3
Select three (3) of the following courses:
Art History - Ancient Art3
Art History - Western Medieval Art3
Art History - Renaissance and Baroque Art in Western Europe3
Art History - Modern and Contemporary Art3
Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art3
Introduction to the Visual Arts3
Intermediate Drawing3
Figure Drawing I3
Figure Drawing II3
Three-Dimensional Design3
Beginning Painting3
Intermediate Painting3
Intermediate Painting: Urban Art3
Beginning Ceramics3
Intermediate Ceramics3
Experimental Ceramics3
Beginning Ceramics - Handbuilding3
Ceramic Design and Decoration3
Ceramics: Tile and Mosaic3
Computer Art Basics3
Introduction to Art: Mobile Digital Devices3
Digital Media Productions I3
Commercial Graphic Design3
Introduction to Typography3
Computer Graphics I3
Web Design I3
Animation I3
Beginning Clay Sculpture3
Intermediate Clay Sculpture3
Advanced Clay Sculpture I3
Advanced Clay Sculpture II3
Sculpture and Metalwork3
Art Portfolio and Resume Production3
Motion Picture Appreciation3
History of Latin American Art - Colonial through Contemporary3
History of Asian Art3
Advanced Painting3
Advanced Ceramics I3
Advanced Ceramics II3
Digital Media Production II3
Web Design II3
Animation II3
Basic Photography3
Intermediate Photography3
Total Units18

A.A. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Visual Arts A.A. Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of Visual Arts history, techniques and theory.
  2. Use critical, analytical and aesthetic thought processes, and communication skills specific to the discipline.