Creative Arts - AA

Associate in Arts in Creative Arts

The Associate in Arts in Creative Arts is designed for students who seek a broad background in the visual and performing arts, such as drawing, painting, singing, instrumental performance, creative writing, dancing, and oral interpretation.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will create and critique works of art in a supportive environment using traditional and new art media according to established principles of art and design. Students will be able to communicate orally and in writing about art and design related topics.
  • Students will use critical thinking to analyze, compare and contrast world cultures and belief systems through a study of anthropology, philosophy, history, languages, and/or the humanities.
  • Students will develop critical thinking skills as they analyze, compare and contrast, and trace the development of art forms from different parts of the world, from ancient to modern times.
To earn this degree, students must meet the following requirements:
  1. Completion of 60 degree applicable units with an overall GPA of 2.0.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of C (or P) or better.
  3. Completion of the AA/AS Graduation Requirements, CSU GE-B or IGETC.


  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.
  • Not all classes are offered each semester.
The program requires completion of 18 units in the following two areas:
  • I. Applied Arts (total of 6 units from one or more of the Creative Arts disciplines). Courses in which the student participates in the arts, such as drawing, painting, singing, instrumental performance, creative writing, dancing, and oral interpretation.

  • II. History or Theory (total of 12 units). Courses in which the student studies the history and/or theory of Creative Arts related subjects. The student should complete 3 units in each of the following four disciplines: Art, English, Dance, and Music. The following courses are recommended in this area (relevant courses not on this list may also be approved on a course-by-course basis):
Code Class Units
ART 001A Survey of Western Art I (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ART 001B Survey of Western Art II (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ART 004 Art Appreciation (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ENG 006B Survey of World Literature (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 015 Introduction to Film Analysis (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 018 African-American Culture and Humanities (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 018H African-American Culture and Humanities - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
MUS 005 Fundamentals of Music Theory (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
MUS 010 Music Appreciation (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
Required Units for the Major
Required units for the major 18.0
plus completion of general education requirements
and electives as needed to reach 60 units.
Total required units 60.0
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