Bakersfield College


Art History Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer Degree will engage students in the study of art created by individuals and groups from various culture, geographies, and time periods. Students will explore specific periods, cultures, movements and styles of art while learning to interpret and critique the art work from multiple perspectives. This degree requires: completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses; minimum overall grade point average of 2.0; Minimum grade of “C” for each course in the major, and; Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the AA-T in Art History, the student will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, elements, and language of art/design.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critique their own work, as well as the work of other students; and defend their creative choices verbally.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a portfolio or “body of work”

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Total Units: 18

Required Core (9 units)

Course # Name Units
Art B35 Survey of Western Art I 3.0
Art B36 Survey of Western Art II 3.0
Art B2 Drawing I 3.0

Non-Western Art History Requirement (3 units)

Course # Name Units
Art B37 Survey of Art – Latin America 3.0
Art B38 Survey of Art – Asian Art 3.0

Foundational Art Requirement (3 units)

Course # Name Units
Art B4 Two Dimensional Design 3.0
Art B5 Three Dimensional Design 3.0
Art B8 Figure Drawing I 3.0
Art B10 Ceramics I 3.0
Art B17 Black and White Photography 3.0

(Only one of the following may be selected)

Course # Name Units
Art B13 Sculpture I
Art B20 Digital Art – Vector Art
Art B16 Digital Photography
Art B6 Acrylic Painting 3.0

Related General Education (3 units)

Any course not already used above or any course from the following:

  • Any Art or Humanities course articulated as CSU GE Area C1 or IGETC Area 4.
  • Any course articulated as CSU GE Area C2 or IGETC Area B3 in: a language other than English (except ASL); Art, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Religion/Religious Studies, or The History of Costume.
  • Any course articulated as CSU GE Area D1, D3, D4, or D6 or IGETC Area 4.
Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 18 18
Possible double counting of GE’s 6 6
General Education 39 37
Electives (CSU Transferable) 9 11
Degree Total 60 60