Fine Arts Associate in Arts Degree (Option III)

Emphasis in Fine Arts


This Area of Emphasis under the Option III — General Studies provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts degree, allowing them to understand the intellectual relationships between various disciplines in the Arts. This degree option may include transfer and/or non-transfer course work. Please consult with a counselor for more information.

The Associate of Art Degree in Fine Arts provides students with a scope of knowledge and broad overview for attaining the communication skills, practical knowledge, and training necessary for a variety of careers in the Fine Arts area. Students completing this degree will develop a basic understanding of the arts and how they interrelate.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all course requirements with a minimum grade of “C”;
  2. 25 units of General Education Graduation 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 course work must be completed at Cypress College. Courses that fulfill requirements in an area of emphasis for 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.

An Associate in Arts Degree includes at least 20 units in Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts courses. An Associate in Science Degree includes at least 20 units in Science, Math and Technical courses.

Required Courses
ART 110 CIntroduction to Art3
MAD 101 C Introduction to Media Arts Design-Win3
DANC 101 CMulticultural Dance in the US3
JOUR 101 CReporting and Writing3
MM 100 C Introduction to Electronic Media3
MUS 117 CAmerican Popular Music3
PHOT 101 CIntroduction to Photography3
THEA 100 CIntroduction to the Theater3
Select 11 additional units of the following: 111
Select up to six units of the following:
Two-Dimensional Design3
Introduction to Printmaking3
ART 140 C
Ceramics Handbuilding3
Beginning Drawing3
Select up to six units of the following:
Introduction to WEB Design (formerly Introduction to WEB Graphics-Mac)3
Exploring WEB Design (formerly Introduction to WEB Graphics-Windows)
Introduction to 3D Graphics-Mac3
Introduction to 3D Graphics-Win
Electronic Illustration-Mac3
Electronic Illustration - Windows
Digital Imaging-Mac3
Digital Imaging - Windows
Video Editing-Mac3
Select up to six units of the following:
Ballet I2
Ballet II2
Modern Dance I2
Jazz Dance I2
Tap Dance I1
Hip Hop Dance1
Afro-Caribbean Dance1
Middle Eastern Dance1
Latin and Swing Dance1
Select up to six units of the following:
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval3
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as INDS 101 C)3
Select up to six units of the following:
Messages for Electronic Media3
Public Relations3
Student Media Practicum I3
Student Media Practicum II3
Broadcast Production3
Select up to six units of the following:
Intermediate Photography3
Portrait Photography3
Studio Lighting Techniques3
History of Photography3
Digital Photography3
Select up to six units of the following:
The Music Business3
MUS 135 C
History of Rock Music3
Beginning Voice1
Beginning Guitar1
Keyboard Skills I1
Select up to six units of the following:
Diversity in American Theater3
Stage and Screenwriting3
Acting I3
Musical Theater Techniques I3
Acting for the Camera2
Lighting Design Fundamentals3
Fundamentals of Costume Design3
Scene Painting3
Stage Makeup3
Total Units35