Art at College of San Mateo - Associate in Science Degree for Transfer/SB1440: Studio Art
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AA-TMajor in Art History

The Art major with an Art History emphasis is designed for students who wish to pursue the study of the visual arts in a social, political, philosophical and cultural context as a foundation for understanding human history and creativity. The study of art history develops a greater sensitivity to art-related issues, the ability to think critically about art and history, and to appreciate the artistic expression of varied cultures and civilizations. Completion of the AA degree in Art with an emphasis in Art History exposes students to the major stylistic periods of Western European, American and Asian Art & Architecture and provides a firm basis for continued study in the fields of art history.

Career opportunities include the following: college professor, K-12 teacher, arts administrator, museum or gallery curator, corporate art advisor, museum docent, slide librarian, consultant on historical period styles for film and TV production, museum conservator, historical conservationist, art critic or writer, tour guide, travel consultant, research assistant, and art dealer.

Degree Requirements
Complete General Education and other requirements listed for the associate's degree and

Major requirements: 21.0 semester units
(Up to 6 units can be double counted for transfer GE)

A grade of "C" or higher is required for each course applied to the major.

Required Core Courses (12 units):

ART 101 Art and Architecture from the Ancient World to Medieval Times (c.1400) 3 units
ART 102 Art of Renaissance and Baroque (c.1300-1700) 3 units
ART 103 Art of Europe and America: Neoclassical (c.1750-Present) 3 units
ART 204 Drawing I 3 units

List A (3 units):

ART 105 Art of Asia and the Near East 3 units

List B (3 units):

ART 206 Expressive Figure Drawing and Portraiture 3 units
ART 207 Life Drawing 3 units
ART 223 Oil Painting I 3 units
ART 301 Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 315 Mixed Media Art 3 units
ART 350 Visual Perception 3 units
ART 401 Three-Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 405 Sculpture I 3 units
ART 411 Ceramics I 3 units

List C (3 units):

Any List B course not already used
ARCH 100 Survey of Modern Architecture 3 units
ART 104 Art of the 20th Century 3.units
HIST 100 History of Western Civilization I 3 units
HIST 101 History of Western Civilization II 3 units
PHIL 300 Introduction to World Religions 3 units

General Education requirements:

Select courses to complete CSU General Education or IGETC or CSU. This degree does not require the CSM AA/AS General Education pattern.

Area A1 Oral Communication 3 units
Area A2 Written Communication 3 units
Area A3 Critical Thinking 3 units
Area B1 Physical Science 3 units
Area B2 Life Science 3 units
Area B3 Science Lab 1 unit
Area B4 Math Concepts 3 units
Area C1 Arts 3 units
Area C2 Humanities 3 units
Area C1 or C2 3 units
Area D Social, Political, and Economic Institutions 9 units
Area E Lifelong Understanding 3 units


Area 1A English Composition 3 units
Area 1B Critical Thinking/Composition 3 units
Area 1C Oral Communication 3 units
Area 2 Math Concepts 3 units
Area 3A Arts 3 units
Area 3B Humanities 3 units
Area 3A or 3B 3 units
Area 4 Social and Behavioral Science 9 units
Area 5A Physical Science 3 units
Area 5B Biological Science 3 units
Area 5C Either 5A or 5B must be a lab course 1 unit

Additional CSU transferable courses based on student interest to reach 60 transferable units total.