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Art Associate in Arts

The AA – Art degree offers an engaged approach towards artistic practice and critical discourse through a variety and breadth of studio arts and art history courses, including two- and three-dimensional design, ceramics, digital art, drawing and painting, photography and sculpture. In addition to the core requirements, students can further pursue an emphasis of studio practice specific to their area of interest, including Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing and Painting as well as Sculpture/Public Art.

Students planning to transfer to SDSU or any other four-year institution should consult with a counselor as well as with the Visual Arts and Humanities department chair.

The Visual Arts and Humanities Department fosters appreciation of culture through intellectual and practical engagement with the visual arts and humanities. Its mission is to teach artistic and critical thinking skills and an understanding of culture and history for degree, transfer and career-seeking students. The department values excellence and empowerment through creative expression, community engagement, and respect for the diversity of culture and the human experience.

Career Opportunities

  • Advertising Manager1
  • Antique Dealer
  • Architect1
  • Art Historian1
  • Art Educator1
  • Art Therapist1
  • Ceramist
  • Curator1
  • Cartoonist2
  • Designer2
    • Fashion
    • Floral
    • Graphic
    • Interior
    • Set
  • Display Manager
  • Face Painter
  • Layout Artist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Museum Curator1
  • Museum Director1
  • Museum Technician
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Police Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Teacher/Professor1
  • Technical Illustrator

Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.


Bachelor Degree normally recommended.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Analyze and critically evaluate style and composition of artworks through written, verbal, and creative means.
  2. Explore, evaluate, analyze artwork within local and global contextual frameworks.
  3. Investigate, examine, and practice the creative process and motivations of art makers.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

Note: All courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or higher or “Pass.”

Core Curriculum
ART-120Two-Dimensional Design3
ART-124Drawing I3
ART-129Three-Dimensional Design3
ART-140Survey of Western Art I: Prehistory Through Middle Ages3
or ART-141 Survey of Western Art II: Renaissance Through Modern
Total Units12

Ceramics Area of Emphasis

ART-126Ceramics I3
ART-127Ceramics II3
ART-128Ceramics III3
Select one of the following:3
Glaze Formulation
Ceramics IV
Ceramics Exhibition and Portfolio
Plus Core12
Total Units24

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

Digital Art Area of Emphasis

ART-171Introduction to Digital Art3
ART-175Digital Imaging and Art3
Select four of the following:12
Artists and Designers Today
Color Theory
Painting I
Web and Portfolio Design
Digital Drawing and Painting
Introduction to Animation
Figure Drawing I
Portraiture and Character Design
Introduction to Photography
Plus Core12
Total Units30

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

Drawing and Painting Area of Emphasis

ART-121Painting I3
ART-125Drawing II3
ART-220Painting II3
or ART-230 Figure Drawing I
Select three of the following:9
Artists and Designers Today
Introduction to Mural Painting and Design
Color Theory
Introduction to Printmaking
Painting III
Painting IV
Figure Drawing II
Portraiture and Character Design
Plus Core12
Total Units30

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

Sculpture - Public Art Area of Emphasis

ART-130Sculpture I3
ART-229Sculpture II3
Select two of the following:6
Sculpture III: The Structure of Sculpture
Studio Workshop in Public Sculpture
Public Art Fabrication and Installation
Plus Core12
Total Units24

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements