Studio Arts AA-T

Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer (AA-T in Studio Arts) is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU institution for students who plan to transfer and complete a CSU major or baccalaureate degree in Studio Arts. California Community College students who are awarded an Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer (AA-T in Studio Arts) are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU institution or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or institutions. The combination of a liberal arts background with studio arts proficiency skills and practical experience will help students investigate and integrate their knowledge and perspectives in modern technologically changing world and will give them the background needed for careers in the visual arts, design, and related fields. Students who complete this program successfully will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the formal principles and elements of art making. Students will learn skills through the use of tools, techniques, theoretical, and historical aspects of visual art, culture, and critical analysis.

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, and will be able to communicate orally and in writing about art and design related topics.

  • Students will develop their vision to devise innovative solutions to creative and technical problems.
  • Students will present to the instructor a portfolio of work which will be evaluated according to the criteria of technical mastery, creativity, solving problems with original solutions, and meeting the stated goals of the assignment.
  • 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.
What is an AA-T?

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for student who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.  Students completing these transfer degrees:

  • will earn an Associate's Degree from Mission College;
  • are guaranteed admission to a similar major at a campus in the CSU system;
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  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU;
  • and will not have to complete more than 60 units after transfer.

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found on the

To earn this degree, students must meet the following requirements:
  1. Completion of the following major courses with grades of C or P or better.
  2. Completion of  60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  3. Certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-B) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).


  • Completing courses that satisfy CSU’s U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer is highly recommended.
  • 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.
Required Core Courses
Code Class Units
ART 001B Survey of Western Art II (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ART 031A Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033B Basic Design: Three-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
List A - Art History Restricted Electives:

Select one (1) from the following:

Code Class Units
ART 001A Survey of Western Art I (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ART 007 Survey of Asian Art (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ART 001D Art of the 20th Century (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
List B - Studio Arts Restricted Electives:

Select one (1) course from any three of the following areas for a maximum of 9 units:

Code Class Units
ART 035A Life Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 031B Intermediate Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Code Class Units
ART 049A Painting (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Code Class Units
ART 039A Survey of Printmaking (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Code Class Units
ART 065A Ceramics-Handbuilding: Introduction (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 067A Ceramics-Potter's Wheel: Introduction (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Digital Art
Code Class Units
ART 034A Introduction to Digital Art (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Code Class Units
ART 085A Sculpture: Introduction (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Code Class Units
GDS 073 Digital Photography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Code Class Units
ART 033C Basic Design: Color (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Applied Design
Code Class Units
ART 075A Metalsmithing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Other Media
Code Class Units
ART 088A Metal Sculpture Casting: Introduction (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 078A Furniture Design and Woodworking: Introduction (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Second Semester Art courses
Code Class Units
ART 035B Life Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 049B Painting (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 065B Ceramics-Handbuilding: Beginning (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 067B Ceramics-Potter's Wheel: Beginning (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 085B Sculpture: Beginning (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Required Units for the Major
Required units for the major 24.0
GE and electives as needed to reach 60 units.  
Total required units for the AA-T 60.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities:

Career opportunities include the following: studio artist, art conservator, art director, art teacher, art administrator, art curator, muralist, and animator.