Academic Catalog

Visual & Performing Arts

Art–Drawing and Painting Associate in Arts

This degree program is designed to provide a fundamental background in two-dimensional studio arts, emphasizing both technique and aesthetic awareness. The curriculum consists of courses in both studio techniques and art history. Students will develop their ability to control line, value, shape, color, perspective and composition in various mediums. The major provides preparation for transfer to a four-year college in fine art or a vocational area related to art.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Use the vocabulary of the visual arts to express their observations as they perceive and respond to works of art, objects in nature, events and the environment.
  • Apply artistic processes and skills, using a variety of media to communicate meaning and intent in original works of art.
  • Analyze the role and development of the visual arts in the past and present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to the visual arts and the artists.
  • Analyze, access and derive meaning from works of art, including their own, according to the elements of art, the principles of design and aesthetic qualities.
  • Apply what they learned in the visual arts across subject areas, develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, and management of time and resources that contribute to lifelong learning and career skills, and identify careers in and related to the visual arts.

Career Opportunities

Advertising Specialist1
Antique Dealer
Art Conservator1
Art Therapist1
Arts Administration
Display Manager
Fashion Designer1
Gallery Owner
Independent Artist
Interior Design1
Jewelry Designer
Museum Technician
Police Artist
Set Designer


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

ART-120Two-Dimensional Design3
ART-121Painting I3
ART-124Drawing I3
ART-125Drawing II3
ART-140Survey of Western Art I: Prehistory through Middle Ages3
ART-141Survey of Western ART II: Renaissance through Modern3
ART-230Figure Drawing I3
GD-105Fundamentals of Digital Media3
Select six units from the following:6
Artists and Designers Today
Color Theory
Three-Dimensional Design
Watercolor I
Modern Art
Contemporary Art
Introduction to Printmaking
Intermediate Printmaking
Painting II
Figure Drawing II
Portraiture and Character Design
Illustration I
Illustration II
Total Units30

Plus General Education Requirements

Recommended Electives

ART-151Chicanx Art3
ETHN-151Chicanx Art3
HIST-105Early Western Civilization3
HUM-155World Mythology through the Humanities3
RELG-120World Religions3