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Art is the study of communicating concepts and ideas visually. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate to graduate studies in art include but are not limited to studio artist, art educator, art consultant, art therapist, conservator, museum curator and art educator. Even students who choose not to major in studio art can improve their ability in complex and creative problem solving, critical analysis, research skills, understanding the intuitive process and in their ability to visualize. College of the Desert’s Studio Arts curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview and history of the discipline as well as specific training in the myriad of studio areas. 

The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer, also called the Studio Arts AA-T Degree, requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 24 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Judith Cook, jcook@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7266
Emily Maddigan, emaddigan@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-862-1365
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses: 12 Units
ART 1A Beginning Drawing and Composition 3
ART 2B History of Art 3
ART​ 3A​ Basic Design and Color​ 3​
​ART ​4 Three Dimensional Design​ ​3
List A: Select one course from the following:​ ​ ​3 Units
ART​ 2A​ ​History of Art (3)
​ART ​2C History of Modern Art (3)​
List B: Curricular Areas: 9 Units
ART 5A Beginning Figure Drawing (3)
or ART 1B Intermediate Drawing and Composition (3)
​ART 19​ Introduction to Painting (3)​
ART 9A Beginning Printmaking (3)
ART 7A Beginning Ceramics (3)
ART 11A Beginning Sculpture (3)
ART 30A Beginning Black & White Photography (3)
ART 6A Intermediate Design & Color (3)
​ ​ ​Required Subtotal ​24
​ ​ CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 ​37-39
​Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)

1 Units for the major may be double counted for CSUGE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.

2 Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 59 of the 2015-16 COD Catalog.