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Art History, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code:  2_AAT_ART
Control number: 31339
Financial aid: Eligible

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer in Art History is designed to acquaint students with the history of art and its function as a global language. This includes but is not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, photography, textiles, architecture, performance, and graphic art. Courses are designed to foster an understanding of visual communication through study in context, culture, social, political, economic and religious climates in differing historical eras. Students develop skills to complete a visual analysis, interpret images and texts, use historical sources, and engage in scholarly debates. Students are challenged to think creatively as well as in disciplined ways as they learn about the history of art through the world’s cultures. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Art History.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the stylistic characteristics of a wide variety of countries, regions, and periods of European and non-European artworks.
  2. Synthesize observations and evaluations regarding the historical, social, and political context in which various forms of art were created in both written and oral form.
  3. Apply art historical methodologies to evaluate the ideas and philosophies expressed and explored within a range of artworks.
  4. Compare and contrast various key artists, artworks, and styles across a wide span of time using appropriate art terminology.
  5. Recognize distinctive iconography from different geographical areas and time periods.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses — Core
ART G105Art History and Appreciation 1 - Prehistoric to Renaissance3
ART G106Art History and Appreciation 2 - Renaissance to Present3
ART G116Drawing 13
List A
ART G103History of Asian Art3
or ART G127 Art of the Ancient Americas
List B
Select one of the following:3
ART G107Color and Design: 2D3
ART G109Color and Design: 3D3
ART G115Typography3
ART G118Life Drawing 13
ART G121Ceramics 13
ART G130Painting 13
ART G142Sculpture 13
ART G150Printmaking 13
PHOT G120Darkroom Photography 13
PHOT G190Digital Photography 13
List C
Select one of the following:
ART G104Modern and Contemporary Art History3
ART G158History and Aesthetics of Photography3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G121History of American Women3
HIST G140California History3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
HIST G175History of the United States Since 18763
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
PHIL G100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL G102History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL G110Philosophy Of The East3
PHIL G111Philosophy of Religion - Western3
Major Total18
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double counted9
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)12-14
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
ART G105Art History and Appreciation 1 - Prehistoric to Renaissance3
ART G116Drawing 13
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area A1: Oral Communication course 3
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
ART G106Art History and Appreciation 2 - Renaissance to Present3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 6 units3
Select one of the following:3
ECON G105Consumer and Financial Math (CSU transferable only)3
MATH G100Liberal Arts Mathematics (UC or CSU transferable)3
Select one of the following:3
ART G107Color and Design: 2D3
ART G109Color and Design: 3D3
ART G115Typography3
ART G118Life Drawing 13
ART G121Ceramics 13
ART G130Painting 13
ART G142Sculpture 13
ART G150Printmaking 13
PHOT G120Darkroom Photography 13
PHOT G190Digital Photography 13
Units15

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
ART G103History of Asian Art3
or ART G127 Art of the Ancient Americas
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3-4
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Select one of the following:3
ART G104Modern and Contemporary Art History3
ART G158History and Aesthetics of Photography3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G121History of American Women3
HIST G140California History3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
PHIL G100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL G102History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL G110Philosophy Of The East3
PHIL G111Philosophy of Religion - Western3
Units15-17
Course Title Units
Semester 4
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course if not already satisfied with List C course3
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area F: Ethnics Studies course3
Units15-16
Total minimum units required60