Art Associate in Arts

The Art Department program at College Of The Canyons provides students with introductory courses in the fine arts. The current program offers both studio and lecture sections, the majority are transferable to University Of California, California State University as well as most private art colleges in the nation. The College Of The Canyons catalog reflects California State University’s lower division requirements for a BA at the freshman and sophomore levels. The art program provides a wide range of skills. Studio courses at the beginning and intermediate levels include: beginning drawing, life drawing, 2-D design, 3-D design, sculpture, two levels of printmaking, painting, watercolor painting, landscape painting and illustration. Art appreciation and art history courses survey the development of art from the Paleolithic period to the present. In addition to developing critical and creative skills, art students have many opportunities to get involved in contemporary art culture. As part of the regular program, students will do many of the following activities: visit local art exhibitions, artists’ studios, private collections and art libraries; gain experience at review writing. The art gallery provides a program of up to five exhibitions a year. While our exhibition schedule represents diversity in culture and style, it also parallels the curriculum of the fine and applied arts departments. The gallery serves as an instructional tool for all visual arts courses, the college at large- indicating relationships with other academic departments and the community.
Student Learning Outcome
Analyze and interpret works of cultural importance.
Studio Arts Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)
The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
b. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Associate Degrees for Transfer also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
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. At the time of catalog publication, a student may earn an AA-T in Studio Arts. Additional majors are being developed. Please see a counselor or visit for more information.
Student Learning Outcome
Analyze and interpret works of cultural importance.