Academic Catalogs

Art, Associate of Arts Degree


This major encourages the development of technical skills, art appreciation, and personal creative vision. Art majors begin with a series of foundation courses that are designed to develop students’ understanding and application of visual language across a range of media. This major will equip students with a variety of skills and visual strategies that they will be able to apply in meaningful contexts. Through study of arts, students learn how to find creative solutions to problems and how to express their individuality.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret the ideas being communicated by analyzing the visual elements and principles of design.
  2. Solve visual problems involving craftsmanship by using the creative process.
  3. Recognize, distinguish, and correlate the basic elements of form and utilize it to make original art.

Associate Degree Requirements

Unit Requirement

Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.

*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.

Program of Study

Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Academic/Career/Certificate Programs section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

Option 1 — Coastline General Education: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.

Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement

Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.

Course Title Units
Requirements for the Major
ART C100Survey of Art: Prehistory through Late Gothic3
or ART C101 Survey of Art: Renaissance to Contemporary
or ART C105 Introduction To Art
ART C110Color and Design: 2-D3
ART C120Drawing 13
ART C121Life Drawing 13
ART C122Painting 13
ART C111Color and Design - 3-D3
or ART C150 Ceramics 1
Subtotal for Major18
Requirement Units
Total Units for Major Preparation 18
Degree Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60