2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Feb 05, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Art History Associate in Arts for Transfer

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The AA-T for Art History is designed for those students primarily seeking employment in fields such as studio art, galleries, art auction, art journalism, art criticism, museums, and teaching. Additionally, students who transfer with an Art History degree are well-prepared for jobs in fields that require abstract and analytical thinking such as consulting, journalism, grant writing, and any other field where desirable candidates require a humanistic education.

Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer will receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.

The Art History program at Saddleback College does not currently have any enrollment limitations, but we offer our non-western art history courses on a rotating basis. This means that students may not be able to enroll in the specific non-western class of their choice before they must declare for graduation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for transfer as an Art History major.
  • Demonstrate skills that translate into a higher level of qualification for employment in museum education, museum curating, gallery design, art sales, and many other areas.
  • Use various strategies to evaluate and describe elements of art and visual culture as a basis for lifelong learning in the arts.

Graduation Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1.  Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth).
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2.  Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must earn a “C” (or “P” Pass) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.


Course ID Title Units
ARTH 25   Survey of Art History - Ancient Worlds to Gothic 3
ARTH 26  * Survey of Western Art History - Renaissance to Contemporary 3
ART 80   Drawing I 3
List A:  Select one of the following courses (3 units)  
ARTH 22   Survey of Asian Art (India, China, Japan, and Korea) 3
ARTH 23   African, Oceanic, and Ancient North American Art 3
List B:  Select one of the following courses (3 units)  
ART 40   2-D Foundations 3
ART 41  * Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART 85  * Drawing from the Live Model I 3
ART 10  * Ceramics - Handbuilding I 3
ART 11  * Ceramics - Wheel I 3
PHOT 50   Digital Photography I 3
ART 70   Fundamentals of Sculpture 3
ART 71  * Additive Sculpture 3
ART 72  * Subtractive Sculpture 3
ART 175  * Metal Casting 3
ART 60  * Intaglio (Etching) and Relief I 3
ART 61 * Intaglio (Etching) and Relief II 3
ART 62  * Intaglio (Etching) and Relief III 3
List C:  Select one of the following courses or any List A or List B course not already used (3-5 units)  
ARTH 29   Introduction to World Art 3
ART 4   Fundamentals of Art 3
ARTH 21   Women and Art 3
ARTH 24   Indigenous Arts of the Americas 3
ARTH 27   History of American Art 3
FR 1  * Elementary French 5
GER 1  * Elementary German 5
SPAN 1  * or Elementary Spanish 5
SPAN 1H  * Honors Elementary Spanish 5



*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

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