Art History, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree (AA-T in Art History) program promotes an understanding of art across cultures and geographic boundaries. Students are taught to apply fundamental art and art historical terminology to analyze works, and to develop an appreciation of process, in order to articulate the historical, social, and aesthetic functions of art. Successful completion of the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree program provides the student a seamless transfer and guaranteed acceptance to a California State University (but does not guarantee acceptance to a particular campus or major) to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Art History or similar area of study. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and describe the formal qualities of a work of art.
  • Interpret the formal qualities of works of art in relation to specific social and historical circumstances.
  • Analyze and communicate the influences affecting artists working within diverse cultural contexts.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ARTH 3Western Art I3
ARTH 4Western Art II3
ARTS 10ADrawing and Composition I3
List A
Select one course from the following.3
Survey of Asian Art
Images of Women in the Arts
List B
Select one course from the following:3
Ceramic Handbuilding I
Ceramic Wheel Throwing I
Visual Fundamentals: Two-Dimensional Design
Visual Fundamentals: Three-Dimensional Design
Sculpture I
Introduction to Photography
Creative Digital Media I
Figure Drawing I
List C
Select one course from the following:3
Any List A or List B course not already selected
Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Renaissance Art and Architecture
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
Humanities in Multicultural America
Introduction to Philosophy
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Theatre
Additional Requirements42
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
IGETC Area 2 (MATH 16, PSYC 19, or SOCI 19 Recommended) 4
ARTH 3 Western Art I 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
Elective (COUN 10 Recommended) 1
Elective (LIBR 50 Recommended) 1
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
ARTH 4 Western Art II 3
ARTS 10A Drawing and Composition I 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Year 2
Public Speaking (CSU Requirement)
or Small Group Communication
Survey of Asian Art
or Images of Women in the Arts
Western Civilization I
or Western Civilization II
or Humanities in Multicultural America
or Introduction to Philosophy
Major List B 3
IGETC Area 5A 3
IGETC Area 4 3
IGETC Area 5B & 5C 4
IGETC Area 6 (UC Requirement) or Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 5
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.