About Art History

Learn how to successfully express your ideas in a wide range of visual arts media as well as in the spoken and written word. 

Art History project-based assignments motivate learning about culturally diverse art work from ancient to contemporary times while strengthening your analytical, creative and design thinking and problem solving approaches. As a student of art history, you will also gain valuable skills and background knowledge for careers in fashion, design, advertising, architecture, photography, and content creation.

Explore Potential Careers

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Studying Art History can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • As an art journalist, cover the latest news from the art world to foster a better-informed society.
  • As an editor or image rights researcher, publish books about art history to share the latest findings from the field.
  • As an art librarian, be a steward of knowledge about art history and assist students and researchers in finding information.
  • As an art teacher or art therapist encourage learning about and valuing oneself and others As an art critic, curator, art director or gallery docent provide opportunities for people to engage in the arts and social action

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ART 102 Western Art History 3  
ART 130A Basic Drawing 3  
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
CSU Area B1 Physical Science 3  

Total Units: 13-15

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ART 103 History of Modern Art 3  
Non-Western Art History See Counselor 3  
Studio Arts Requirement See Counselor 3  
CSU Area A3 Critical Thinking 4  
CSU Area B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3-8  

Total Units: 16-20 

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ART 101 Western Art History 3  
CSU Area C2   3  
CSU Area B2 Biological/Life Sciences 3  
CSU Area B3 Biological Life Science Lab 1  
Art History Requirement See Counselor 3  
CSU Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development 3  

Total Units: 16

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
POLS 1 American Government 3  
CSU Area D & US History Requirement See Counselor 3  
CSU Area A1 Oral Communication 3  
CSU Area D Social and Behavioral Sciences 3  
Transfer Elective See Counselor 3-5  

Tota Units: 15-17

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Art History programs at the following institutions: 

  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • Humboldt State University
  • San Jose State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • California College of the Arts
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Kansas City Art Institute 

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.