Program Description

The Associate in Arts Degree in Art History for Transfer at Pasadena City College promotes an understanding of art across cultures and geographic boundaries. Students are taught to apply fundamental art and art historical terminology, and an appreciation of process, to analyze works, in order to articulate the historical, social, and aesthetic functions of art.

The Associate in Arts Degree in Art History for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)


Associate in Arts Degree in Art History for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements

REQUIRED CORE (9 UNITS)

  • ART 001A ‐ History of Western Art-Prehistoric through Medieval (3)
  • ART 001B ‐ History of Western Art (3) 
  • ART 011A ‐ Foundation Drawing (3)

LIST A: SELECT ONE COURSE (3 UNITS)

  • ART 002 ‐ HIstory of Africa and African-American Art (3)
  • ART 003A ‐ History of Asian Art (3)
  • ART 003B ‐ History of Asian Art (3)
  • ART 007 ‐ Pre-Columbian Art (3)
  • ART 008 ‐ History of Mexican and Chicano Art (3)
  • ART 009 ‐ History of Islamic Art (3)   

LIST B: SELECT ONE COURSE (3 UNITS)

  • ART 012A ‐ Beginning Life Drawing (3)
  • ART 016 - Perspective (3)
  • ART 020A ‐ Painting (3)
  • ART 023A ‐ Printmaking-Intaglio and Relief (3)
  • ART 023B ‐ Printmaking-Lithography (3)
  • ART 023C ‐ Printmaking-Monotype (3)
  • ART 025 ‐ Beginning Sculpture (3)
  • ART 026 ‐ Sculpture (3)
  • ART 031A ‐ Color and Composition-Two Dimensional Design (3)
  • ART 032A ‐ Design-Three Dimensional (3)
  • ART 034A – Crafts-Materials and Processes (3)
  • ART 038A ‐ Ceramics (3)
  • ART 038B ‐ Ceramics (3)
  • ART 039A ‐ Handbuilt Ceramics (3)
  • ART 040 ‐ Introduction to Digital Arts (3)
  • ART 050A ‐ Introduction to Graphic Design & Advertising (3)
  • ART 051A ‐ Typography-Lettering (3)
  • PHOT 021 ‐ Introduction to Black and White Photography (3)


LIST C: SELECT ONE COURSE (3 UNITS)

  • ART 004A ‐ History of Ancient Art in the West 3)
  • ART 004B ‐ History of European Medieval Art (3)   
  • ART 004C ‐ History of European Renaissance and Baroque Art (3)  
  • ART 004D ‐ History of Modern Art (3)
  • ART 005 ‐ Art Fundamentals (3)
  • HIST 001A ‐ History of European Civilization to 1715 (3)
  • HIST 001B ‐ History of European Civilization from 1715 (3)
  • HIST 002A ‐ History of World Civilizations to 1500 (3)
  • HIST 002B ‐ History of World Civilizations from 1500 (3)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Express an understanding of the contribution of art to humanity.
  2. Communicate an understanding of the artistic contributions of diverse peoples.
  3. Utilize critical thinking to discuss works of art in an historical context.
  4. Demonstrate how works of art communicate visual meaning. 

Units Required

  • Required Subtotal: 18
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39-41
  • Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
  • Degree Total:  60 Units