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​Studio Arts

Art is the study of communicating concepts and ideas visually.  Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate to graduate studies in art include but are not limited to studio artist, art educator, art consultant, art therapist, conservator, museum curator and art educator.  Even students who choose not to major in studio art can improve their ability in complex and creative problem solving, critical analysis, research skills, understanding the intuitive process and in their ability to visualize.  College of the Desert’s Studio Arts curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview and history of the discipline as well as specific training in the myriad of studio areas.  The College offers an Associate of Arts degree in Art consisting of courses and training allowing students to pursue entry-level positions such as designers, illustrators or gallery assistants or to continue their study in the discipline toward a B.F.A., B.A. or Graduate level degree.
          To obtain the Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree, students are required to complete the following:
     1.  Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
     2.  Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
     3.  Completion of 24 semester units in the Studio Arts major as detailed in the Program Requirements below. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis (title 5 § 55063).
     4.  Certified completion of either the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) pattern,  (see page 64 of the catalog); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern, (see page 66 of the catalog) for more information.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Advisor: Judith Cook



Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses:
ART 1A Beginning Drawing and Composition 3
ART 2B History of Art 3
ART​ 3A​ Basic Design and Color​ 3​
​ART ​4 Three Dimensional Design​ ​3
List A: Select one course from the following:​ ​ ​ 3​
ART​ 2A​ ​History of Art (3)
​ART ​2C History of Modern Art (3)​
List B: Curricular Areas (9 units) 9
ART 5A Beginning Figure Drawing (3)
or ART 1B Intermediate Drawing and Composition (3)
ART 9A Beginning Printmaking (3)
ART 7A Beginning Ceramics (3)
ART 11A Beginning Sculpture (3)
ART 30A Beginning Black & White Photography (3)
ART 6A Intermediate Design & Color (3)
​ ​ ​Required Subtotal ​24
​ ​ CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern* ​36
 *Units for the major may be double counted for CSUGE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.