Art at College of San Mateo - Associate in Arts Degree: Art: Art History
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AAMajor in Art: Art History

The Art Major with an Emphasis in Art History 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 and American Art and Architecture and provides a firm basis for continued study in the field of art history.

Career opportunities, which require additional studies at a four-year institution, include the following: college professor, teacher, arts administrator, museum/gallery curator, corporate art advisor, museum docent, slide librarian, consultant on historical style for film and TV production, museum conservator, historical conservationist, art critic, tour guide, travel consultant, research assistant, and art dealer.

Degree Requirements
Complete general education and other requirements listed for the associate degree and

Major requirements: 18 semester units

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

Required Core courses: 15 units

ART 101 Art & 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 104 Art of the 20th Century 3 units
ART 204 Drawing I 3 units

Select 3 units from the following:

ART 206 Expressive Figure Drawing and Portraiture 3 units
ART 207 Life Drawing 3 units
ART 214 Color 3 units
ART 223 Oil Painting I 3 units
ART 301 Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 350 Visual Perception 3 units
ART 105 Art of Asia and the Near East 3 units
FILM 100 Introduction to Film 3 units
ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology 3 units
HIST 100 History and Western Civilization I 3 units
HIST 101 History and Western Civilization II 3 units