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Art History, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code:  2_AAT_ART
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, graphic and performance arts. 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 in visual analysis, interpretation of mages and texts, use of historical sources and engagement in scholarly debates. Students are constantly challenged to think creatively as well as 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. Demonstrate the skills to undertake a conceptual analysis of art.
  2. Understand and apply concepts and methods of composition.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of significant examples of the visual arts.
  4. Be prepared for ensuing courses of Art History and Studio Arts.
  5. Design and plan finished works of art. 
  6. Create or manufacture finished works of art based on initial designs.

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 G122Ceramics 23
ART G130Painting 13
ART G131Painting 23
ART G150Printmaking 13
PHOT G120Darkroom Photography 13
List C
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
or HIST G185 Western Civilization 2
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) 112-14
Total Units60