Program Description

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer provides a solid preparation for transfer majors in the various areas of studio art, including ceramics, drawing, jewelry and craft, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Additionally, the studio courses align well with preparation for transfer majors in related fields such as design, photography, cinema studies and other areas of study at UC, CSU, and private colleges and universities.

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts 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, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)

Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements 


  • ART 001B ‐ History of Western Art (3)
  • ART 011A ‐ Foundation Drawing (3)
  • ART 031A ‐ Color and Composition-Two-Dimensional Design (3)
  • ART 032A ‐ Design-Three Dimensional (3)


  • ART 001A ‐ History of Western Art-Prehistoric through Medieval (3)
  • ART 002 ‐ History of African and African-American Art (3)
  • ART 003A ‐ History of Asian Art (3)
  • ART 003B ‐ History of Asian Art (3)
  • 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 in Europe and America (3)


  • ART 011B ‐ Concepts in Drawing (3)
    or ART 012A ‐ Life Drawing-Beginning (3)
  • ART 020A ‐ Painting (3)
  • ART 020B ‐ Painting (3)
  • ART 023A ‐ Printmaking-Intaglio and Relief (3)
  • ART 025 ‐ Sculpture (3)
  • ART 026 ‐ Sculpture (3)
  • ART 031B ‐ Color Theory (3)
  • ART 034A ‐ Crafts-Materials and Processes (3)
  • ART 036A ‐ Jewelry/Metal Fabrication (3)
  • ART 038A ‐ Ceramics (3)
  • ART 039A ‐ Handbuilt Ceramics (3)
  • ART 40 ‐ Introduction to Digital Arts (3)
  • ART 050A ‐ Introduction to Advertising/Graphic Design (3)
  • ART 050B ‐ Intermediate Advertising/Graphic Design (3)
  • ART 051A ‐ Lettering Fundamentals (3)
  • PHOT 021 ‐ Elementary Photography (3)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Display competence in the use of tools, materials and concepts by completing a portfolio of original art and design projects.
  2. Evaluate works of art and design through critical discussion and written assignments.
  3. Demonstrate, through the analysis of aesthetic and cultural values, an understanding of the contribution of art and design to human experience.

Units Required

  • Required Subtotal: 24
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 37-39
  • Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.