Studio Arts AA-T Degree

Art is the study of communicating concepts and ideas visually. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate to graduate studies in art include, but are not limited to, studio artist, art educator, art consultant, art therapist, conservator, museum curator and art educator.  Even students who choose not to major in studio art can improve their ability in complex and creative problem solving, critical analysis, research skills, understanding the intuitive process and in their ability to visualize.  College of the Desert’s Studio Arts curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview and history of the discipline as well as specific training in the myriad of studio areas.

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer, also called the Studio Arts AA-T Degree, requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 24 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Required Core CoursesUnits
ART 001ABeginning Drawing & Composition3
ART 002BHistory of Western Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary3
ART 003ABasic Design & Color3
ART 004Three-Dimensional Design3
List A
Select one course from the following:3
History of Western Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval
History of Modern Art
List B
Select three Curricular Areas:9
Beginning Figure Drawing
Intermediate Drawing & Composition
Introduction to Painting
Beginning Printmaking
Beginning Ceramics
Beginning Sculpture
Beginning Black & White Photography
Intermediate Design & Color
Required Subtotal24
Select one of the following: 137-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).