Studio Arts, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree (AA-T in Studio Arts) program is suited to the needs of students who will complete the degree and transfer to a CSU. The program prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Studio Arts or related major. 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:

  • Create, understand, analyze, and critically evaluate artwork in a wide variety of media.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and competency in visual language.
  • Ask questions related to studio art and artists, draw reasonable conclusions, and/or generate appropriate solutions; and effectively communicate their results.
  • Analyze and interpret human thought, achievement, and expression relevant to studio arts, and communicate the results.

Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer Major Requirements

Required Core
ARTB 2Visual Fundamentals: Two-Dimensional Design3
ARTB 3Visual Fundamentals: Three-Dimensional Design3
ARTH 4Western Art II3
ARTS 10ADrawing and Composition I3
List A
Select one course from the following:3
Western Art I
Survey of Asian Art
List B
Select three courses from the following:9
Applied Design:
Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Jewelry and Metal Arts I
Introduction to Ceramics
Color Fundamentals
Digital Art:
Creative Digital Media I
Figure Drawing I
Painting I
Photography I: Black and White
Introduction to Printmaking
Sculpture I
Additional Requirements36
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
ARTB 2 Visual Fundamentals: Two-Dimensional Design 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
Electives (LIBR 50 or COUN 10 Recommended) 1
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
ARTB 3 Visual Fundamentals: Three-Dimensional Design 3
ARTS 10A Drawing and Composition I 3
Major List B 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
Year 2
Public Speaking (CSU Requirement)
or Small Group Communication
Western Art I
or Survey of Asian Art
Major List B 3
IGETC Area 3B 3
IGETC Area 5A 3
ARTH 4 Western Art II 3
Major List B 3
IGETC Area 4 3
IGETC Area 5B & 5C 4
IGETC Area 6 (UC Requirement) or 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.