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Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (ADT)



Art History

The Art Department (Fine Arts, Art History and Graphic Communications) provides comprehensive, coherent, integrated and cumulative studies in foundation courses (2D, 3D, drawing and photography) intermediate studio courses (drawing, painting and ceramics), art appreciation and art history courses, as well as graphic communications courses (design, software-based illustration, page layout, photo manipulation and animation) . We offer students several pathways to success. These include a local A.A. degree with a focus in either fine arts or graphic communications, a certificate in graphic communications, and G.E. courses that meet transfer requirements to the U.C. or CSU systems.


To achieve the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer to a CSU from Los Medanos College, students must (1) complete the 24 units of Art History degree major emphasis requirements; (2) fulfill requirements of either the CSU-General Education; and/or The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (3) complete 60 semester units college transfer level units; and (4) obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Note: students must earn a "C" or better in all courses required in the major area of emphasis.


Students will be prepared to transfer with a broad and deep appreciation and knowledge of the academic discipline of art history, the chronological and cultural developments that allow them to make connections of historical events and artistic products. Perhaps even more importantly, students will be prepared to practice the disciplines of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis in reading and writing that they have been prepared for by the major and other transfer requirements.


Program Requirements


Required Courses (15 units)

ART 006

Western Art History I: Art of the Prehistoric and Ancient World (to 350)

3 Units

ART 007

Western Art History II: Art of the Developing World (350 to 1550)

3 Units

ART 008 Western Art History III: Art of the Modern World (1550 A.D. to 1920) 3 Units

ART 009  

Western Art History IV: Modern, Post- modern and Contemporary Art 3 Units
ART 020

Introduction to Drawing

3 Units


List A (3 units) – select one course


Asian Art History

3 Units


Art of the Americas

3 Units



List B (3 units) – select one course


Two-Dimensional Design Concepts

3 Units


Three-Dimensional Design Concepts

3 Units


Figure Drawing

3 Units


Introduction to Ceramics

3 Units


Ceramic Sculpture

3 Units


Introduction to Digital Photography

3 Units


Introduction to Digital Art

3 Units



List C (3 units – select one course or any course not used in List A or List B:


Visual Arts Concepts

3 Units


American Art History

3 Units


Ancient Humanities

3 Units


Medieval and Renaissance Humanities

3 Units


Modern Humanities

3 Units

American Humanities

3 Units

Shakespeare’s English Kings:  History, Literature and Drama

3 Units

Modernist Paris:  Artists and Intellectuals

3 Units


Total Units for the Major:  24
Total Units for the Degree:  60


To earn the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 transferable semester units that include:

  1. Complete CSU General Education- Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. 
  2. Complete the required major requirements listed below. 
  3. Courses for the major and the GE requirements (CSU GE-Breadth, IGETC) must be completed with a grade of “C” or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis.
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.0.




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