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University Transfer Program
60-70 transferable units

California State University
University of California
Independent Colleges and Universities

Program Overview

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer will prepare students for transfer into bachelor's degree programs in Studio Arts and similar majors. Students gain historical and contemporary perspectives on the creation of art, the ability to analyze and understand compositional structure, and hands-on skills working in a variety of media.

Art majors find employment in a variety of fields, which include advertising, manufacturing, industrial design, public relations, and communications. Experienced artists frequently specialize in a particular product or field such as fashion, industrial art, advertising, or story illustration.

Career opportunities include advertising manager, antique dealer, architect, art administrator, art therapist, art critic, art dealer, art historian, cartoonist, ceramicist, commercial ceramicist, community artist, computer artist, computer graphics illustrator, computer publisher, design consultant, curator, display designer/manager, fashion/floral/interior designer, educator, gallery director, graphic artist, illustrator, jewelry designer, layout artist, muralist, museum technician, painter, photographer, police artist, printmaker, set designer, sculptor, and visual information specialist.

Art (AA-T) Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Core Course: 15 units Units
ART 102 Art of Renaissance and Baroque (c. 1300-1700) 3 units
ART 103 Art of Europe and America: Neoclassical (c. 1750-Present) 3 units
ART 204 Drawing I 3 units
ART 301 Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 401 Three-Dimensional Design 3 units
Required Selective Courses: List A: Art History Restricted Electives. Select 3 units from the following: Units
ART 101 Art and Architecture from the Ancient World to Medieval Times (c. 1400) 3 units
ART 104 Art of the 20th Century 3 units
ART 105 Art of Asia and the Near East 3 units
Required Selective Courses: Select a maximum of one course from any of the following areas to total 9 units: Area 1: Drawing Units
ART 205 Drawing II 3 units
ART 206 Expressive Figure Drawing and Portraiture 3 units
ART 207 Life Drawing 3 units
Area 2: Painting Units
ART 223 Oil Painting I 3 units
ART 225 Acrylic Painting I 3 units
ART 231 Watercolor I 3 units
Area 3: Ceramics Units
ART 411 Ceramics I 3 units
Area 4: Sculpture Units
ART 405 Sculpture I 3 units
Area 5: Digital Art Units
ART 315 Mixed Media Art 3 units
Area 6: Color Units
ART 214 Color 3 units
Area 7: Photography Units
ART 351 Beginning Black and White Photography 3 units
ART 381 Beginning Digital Photography 3 units
Area 8: Advanced Courses Units
ART 200 Portfolio Preparation 3 units
ART 203 Plein Air Painting 3 units
ART 208 Portrait Drawing I 3 units
ART 209 Portrait Drawing II 3 units
ART 213 Life Drawing II 3 units
ART 224 Oil Painting II 3 units
ART 226 Acrylic Painting II 3 units
ART 230 Expressive Figure Drawing and Portraiture II 3 units
ART 232 Watercolor II 3 units
ART 352 Intermediate Black and White Photography 3 units
ART 383 Intermediate Digital Photography 3 units
ART 391 Experimental Photography 1 3 units
ART 392 Experimental Photography 2 3 units
ART 396 Documentary Photography 1 3 units
ART 397 Documentary Photography 2 3 units
ART 406 Sculpture II 3 units
ART 412 Ceramics II 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 27
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.