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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Art

Program Description

The studio art program empowers students to learn diverse perspectives and practical portfolio-art skills for transfer into art schools and university studio art programs. The Associate in Arts degree and Certificate of Achievement offer a range of beginning to intermediate level ceramics, digital arts, drawing, life drawing, 2-D and 3-D design, painting, and art theory. Our equitable schedule of courses is offered on weekdays, weeknights, weekends, face-to-face, virtual, hybrid, and online to fit students' needs.

Learn more about the program on the Art website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

Create two- and three-dimensional artwork using drawing, design, ceramics, and/or digital tools, materials, methods, and techniques.

Create artwork that communicates diverse cultural and personal perspectives, and the human condition.

Analyze and assess diverse historical and current two- and three-dimensional works of art as it relates to art and theory.

Translate concepts and visual experiences into images, tactile, and digital forms.

Award Type(s)

AA = Associate in Arts Degree

Units Required

Major: 32.5

Online Courses for Art

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule for verification.

For a complete listing of online courses offered during the current quarter, visit Online Course Information.

If you need any additional degree information or confirmation, please contact the Counseling Division.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.


Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency: Select one of the following
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ESLL 26 Advanced Composition & Reading 5
or equivalent    
Mathematics Proficiency:
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:

Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

Core Courses (16.5 units)

Support courses (16 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificate.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

ART 1 Introduction to Art 4.5
ART 4A Fundamentals in Drawing 4
ART 5A 2-D Foundations 4
ART 5B 3-D Foundations 4

Support Courses (16 units)

Complete four support courses from one of the following lists

List 1: Drawing and Figure Studies
ART 4B Intermediate Drawing 4
ART 4C Representational Drawing 4
ART 4D Figure Drawing I 4
ART 4E Heads & Hands Drawing 4
ART 4I Figure Drawing II 4
ART 4J Figure Modelling 4
List 2: Painting
ART 19A Oil Painting I 4
ART 19B Acrylic Painting I 4
ART 19C Oil Painting II 4
ART 19D Acrylic Painting II 4
ART 19G Outdoor Landscape Painting 4
ART 47A Watercolor I 4
ART 47B Watercolor II 4
List 3: Ceramics
ART 44 Ceramic Sculpture 4
ART 45A Beginning Ceramics Handbuilding 4
ART 45C Advanced Ceramics 4
ART 45F Low-Temperature Ceramic Firing & Glazing Techniques 4
List 4: Digital and Color Theory
ART 15A Digital Painting I 4
ART 15B Digital Painting II 4
ART 20 Color Theory 4
GID 33 Graphic Design Studio I 4
GID 41 Digital Art & Graphics 4
GID 43 Illustration & Digital Imaging 4
Total Units   32.5
 Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements,  please visit Art 2023-2024 Degrees & Certificates.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.