Associate in Arts Degree in Art


The Associate in Arts Degree in Art program is designed to prepare the student in the development of conceptual and technical skills required by artists in certain occupations.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. the cultural diversity and reading requirements
  4. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units, and
  5. have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Courses are listed in suggested sequence (18 units):
ART 182 CBeginning Drawing3
ART 120 CTwo-Dimensional Design3
ART 111 CSurvey of Art History I3
ART 112 CSurvey of Art History II3
or ART 112HC Honors Survey of Art History II
ART 121 CThree-Dimensional Design3
ART 123 CColor Theory3
Select nine units from the following list (9 units):9
Introduction to Digital Art (formerly ART 122 C Gallery/Portfolio Design)3
Introduction to Printmaking3
Intermediate Printmaking3
Beginning Sculpture (formerly ART 149 C)3
Intermediate Sculpture3
Introduction to Crafts3
Ceramics Handbuilding3
Ceramics Throwing3
Technical and Conceptual Ceramics3
Ceramic Studio Exploration3
Ceramic Aesthetics and Finishes3
Introduction to Gallery Studies: Exhibition Preparation and Installation Techniques (formerly ART 122 C)3
Intermediate Gallery Studies: Exhibition Organization and Management Techniques (formerly titled Gallery Studies 2)3
Portfolio Development and Professional Practices (formerly titled Gallery Studies 3)3
Contemporary Art Studio3
Contemporary Art Studio 23
Intermediate Drawing3
Advanced Drawing3
Beginning Life Drawing3
Intermediate Life Drawing3
Life Painting3
Portrait Painting3
Beginning Painting (formerly ART 189 C)3
Intermediate Painting3
Advanced Painting3
Advanced Illustration3
Total Units27