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, gallery assistant, preparator and museum curator.  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 general counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Course Code Title Units
Required Core Courses
ART 001ABeginning Drawing & Composition3
ART 003ABasic Design & Color3
ART 004Three-Dimensional Design3
ARTH 002BHistory of Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary3
List A
Select one course from the following:
ARTH 002AHistory of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval3
ARTH 002CHistory of Modern Art3
ARTH 012AArts of Asia3
ARTH 012BArts of Africa, Oceania, & Indigenous North America3
ARTH 012CArts of Latin America3
List B
Select three Curricular Areas:9
ART 005ABeginning Figure Drawing3
or ART 001B Intermediate Drawing & Composition
ART 019Introduction to Painting3
ART 009ABeginning Printmaking3
ART 007Ceramics3
ART 011ABeginning Sculpture3
ART 030ABeginning Black & White Photography3
ART 006AIntermediate Design & Color3
ART 034Introduction to Digital Art & Media3
Required Subtotal24
Select one of the following: 137-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2

Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.


Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.

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