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

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer will prepare students for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in Studio Arts and similar majors. Students gain historical and contemporary perspectives on the creation of art, the ability to analyze and understand compositional structure, and hands-on skills working in a variety of media. Art majors find employment in a variety of fields, which include advertising, manufacturing, industrial design, public relations, and communications. Experienced artists frequently specialize in a particular product or field such as fashion, industrial art, advertising, or story illustration.

Career opportunities include advertising manager, antique dealer, architect, art administrator, art therapist, art critic, art dealer, art historian, cartoonist, ceramicist, commercial ceramicist, community artist, computer artist, computer graphics illustrator, computer publisher, design consultant, curator, display designer/ manager, fashion/floral/interior designer, educator, gallery director, graphic artist, illustrator, jewelry designer, layout artist, muralist, museum technician, painter, photographer, police artist, printmaker, set designer, sculptor, and visual information specialist.

Degree Requirements
Complete General Education and other requirements listed for the Associate degree and

Major requirements: 27.0 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 (15 units):

ART 102 Art of the 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
ART 301 Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
ART 401 Three-Dimensional Design 3 units

Art History Restricted Electives. Select one course (3 units)

ART 101 Art and Architecture from the Ancient World to Medieval Times (c.1400) 3 units
ART 104 Art of the 20th Century 3 units
ART 105 Art of Asia and the Near East 3 units

Select a maximum of one course from any of the following areas to total 9 units

Area 1: Drawing

ART 205 Drawing II 3 units
ART 206 Figure Drawing and Portraiture 3 units
ART 207 Life Drawing 3 units

Area 2: Painting
ART 223 Oil Painting I 3 units
ART 225 Acrylic Painting I 3 units
ART 231 Watercolor I 3 units

Area 3: Ceramics
ART 411 Ceramics I 3 units

Area 4: Sculpture
ART 405 Sculpture I 3 units

Area 5: Digital Art
ART 315 Mixed Media Art 3 units

Area 6: Color
ART 214 Color 3 units

Area 7: Photography
ART 351 Beginning Black and White Photography 3 units
ART 381 Beginning Digital Photography 3 units

Area 8: Advanced Courses
ART 200 Portfolio Preparation 3 units
ART 203 Pleain Air Painting 3 units
ART 208 Portrait Drawing I 3 units
ART 209 Portrait Drawing II 3 units
ART 213 Life Drawing II 3 units
ART 224 Oil Painting II 3 units
ART 226 Acrylic Painting II 3 units
ART 230 Expressive Figure Drawing and Portraiture II 3 units
ART 232 Watercolor II 3 units
ART 352 Intermediate Black & White Photography 3 units
ART 383 Intermediate Digital Photography 3 units
ART 384 Advanced Digital Photography 3 units
ART 391 Experimental Photography 1 3 units
ART 392 Experimental Photography 2 3 units
ART 396 Documentary Photography 1 3 units
ART 397 Documentary Photography 2 3 units
ART 412 Ceramics II 3 units
ART 406 Sculpture II 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, Polical, 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 tranferable courses based on student interest to reach 60 transferable units total.