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General Information

The Art Department offers students a comprehensive lower division program in the areas of Art History and Fine Art/Studio Arts. Centered upon visual literacy, design and drawing curriculum, the Art Department prepares students for transfer to upper division courses or for direct entry into art careers. Most of our courses are accepted for credit at the University of California and California State University.

Students intending to transfer and major in Fine Art/Studio Arts are advised to enroll in two art history courses, along with general education and studio courses. Students intending to transfer and major in Art History are advised to enroll in one studio course, along with general education and art history courses.



The majority of advanced classes in the Art Department require that prerequisites be completed before taking those classes. Students who have not completed those prerequisites must demonstrate the exit skills required upon completion of the prerequisite(s). (See specific courses for prerequisite requirements.)

Most Art Studio courses listed will require a laboratory fee.

Art History

Credit, Degree Applicable Courses

Fine Arts

The Fine Art/Studio Arts Curriculum provides students with a comprehensive range of instruction in the methods of producing two and three-dimensional artwork. Basic Design: Art 125A and Basic Drawing: Art 130A serve as prerequisites for Intermediate and Museum Drawing courses as well as Figure Drawing, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, and Printmaking courses. All studio classes should be taken sequentially in order for students to acquire the skills necessary for their success in intermediate and advanced course work.

Enrollment Limitations on Physical Education and Visual or Performing Arts Courses

Per title 5 Section 55041, effective Fall 2013, students may not enroll more than four times in “active participatory courses that are related in content” in the areas of physical education or visual and performing arts, which includes art, dance, music, and theatre. This limitation applies even if a student receives a substandard grade or “W” during one or more of the enrollments in such a course or if the students petition for repetition due to extenuating circumstances.

Art courses that are related in content are grouped together in “families” of courses below. The families are indicated by their headings, e.g., Design, Basic Drawing, etc. For the most up-to-date listing of courses and families, refer to the online catalog,

Credit, Degree Applicable Courses



Figure Drawing




Chinese Brush Painting

Fine Arts Printmaking


Mixed Media



Metal Arts and Jewelry

Lost Wax Casting

Portfolio Study