Bakersfield College


Studio Arts Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer is intended for those transfer-directed students who plan to complete an AA in Art because it guarantees admission to the CSU system (but not to a particular campus or major). In order to earn the degree, students must complete a maximum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework which includes the CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree 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. This degree eliminates the additional Bakersfield College graduation requirements.

The Bakersfield College Art Department wishes to expose students to study in a wide variety of media, and to prepare them to make societal contributions by becoming citizens who are visually literate, culturally aware, skilled in creative problem-solving, and aesthetically sensitive.

Program learning outcomes

The successful student will be able to:

  • 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: 24

Required Courses

Required Core - 12 Units

Course # Title Units
ART B36 Survey of Western Art II* 3.0
ART B4 Two Dimensional Design* 3.0
ART B5 Three Dimensional Design 3.0
ART B2 Drawing I * 3.0

List A - Choose 3 Units

Course # Name Units
ART B35 Survey of Western Art I* 3.0
ART B37 Survey of Art – Latin America* 3.0

List B - Curricular Areas - Choose 9 Units**

Course # Name Units
ART B8 Figure Drawing I 3.0
ART B6 Acrylic Painting I 3.0
ART B10 Ceramics I 3.0
ART B13 Sculpture I 3.0
ART B20 Digital Art – Vector Art 3.0
ART B17 Black and White Photography 3.0

Local Studio Courses

Course # Name Units
ART B16 Digital Photography 3.0
ART B24 Digital Art - Raster Art 3.0
ART B25 Typography 3.0
ART B42 Graphic Design 3.0

Second Semester Courses

Course # Name Units
ART B9 Figure Drawing II 3.0
ART B11 Ceramics II 3.0
Category Units
Units in Major 24.0
CSU GE Breadth 39.0
Possible double counting of GE's 12.0
Degree Total 60.0

*Courses with an asterisk can be double counted for General Education.

**A student can choose any other “Local studio course” or “Second Semester course” to complete the 9 unit “Curricular” requirement.

No additional local requirements for this degree will be imposed.