Academic Catalog

Visual & Performing Arts

Studio Arts for Transfer (AA-T)

The AA-T in Studio Arts is designed to prepare students to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with the intent of earning a B.A. degree in an area such as Fine Arts or Studio Arts. Students who earn this degree will have the techniques necessary to create a variety of two- and three-dimensional art projects while demonstrating an increased aesthetic awareness. They will have the ability to use visual media to generate ideas, solve visual problems, enhance perception, think and respond critically to visual information in their lives, identify and describe the historical and cultural contexts of artwork, and assess the role of the visual arts in culture as a vehicle of human expression.

The following is required for the AA-T in Studio Arts for Transfer degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major.
  4. A grade of “C” or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern; see Degree Requirements and Transfer Information section for more information. Note: If following IGETC, IGETC-CSU must be followed for admission to a CSU.

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 past and present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to the visual arts and the artists.
  • Analyze 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 have learned in the visual arts across subject areas by developing competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, management of time, and identifying resources that contribute to lifelong learning, career skills, and careers in and related to the visual arts.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum
ART-120Two-Dimensional Design3
ART-124Drawing I3
ART-129Three-Dimensional Design3
ART-141Survey of Western ART II: Renaissance through Modern3
List A
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Western Art I: Prehistory through Middle Ages
Modern Art
Architecture of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Contemporary Art
Asian Art
List B
Select three of the following:9
Painting I
Drawing II
Watercolor I
Applied Design and Crafts
Figure Drawing I
Units for the Major24
6 units may be double-counted with GE
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC-CSU)39/37
Total Transferable Elective Units3-5
Total Units60

Please note: SDSU accepts this degree for students transferring into Art (Studio Arts emphasis).