This degree reflects serious, sustained study and achievement in foundational concepts of two-dimensional arts and graphic design.  Hands-on studio practice, digital media skills and art history courses are required to fully engage students in the language of the visual arts and to introduce students to various theoretical approaches of art and design.  Students must complete each major course and major elective course with a grade of ‘C’ or better to be awarded the degree.

Student in an art class

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and analyze works of art and design using vocabulary specific to the visual arts.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in handling various art and design materials, such as cutting tools, pasting options, duplicating processes, various drawing and painting media, digital media software, presentation materials and the health and safety standards related to these materials.
  • Demonstrate technical skills in drawing, including drawing naturalistically from the observed world, drawing from the imagination, and applying systems of linear perspective.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the elements and principles of art and design and the dynamics of composition.
  • Formulate works of art and design culling from various visual resources.
  • Compose works of art and design using computer software programs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, problems solving, group interaction, and self-discipline to create works of art and design.
  • Analyze how form affects content in works of art and implement design changes to strengthen this relationship.
  • Evaluate their work and the work of others in terms of how art and design are a reflection of what we value, personally, socially and culturally.

Required Courses

Major Requirements
Course List
Course Title Units

ART 012

Two Dimensional Design


ART 013

Three Dimensional Design


ART 014



ART 024

Beginning Drawing


ART 035

Graphic Design I


ART 039

Introduction to Digital Video


ART 055A

Life Drawing I


ART 060



ART 076A

Art and Design Portfolio Preparation


ART 091

Survey of Art History: Prehistoric Through Gothic


ART 092

Survey of Art History: Renaissance to the Present


Major Electives
Course List
Course Title Units
Select 6 units from the following: 6

ART 025

Expressive Drawing  

ART 026A

Representational Drawing  

ART 041


ART 055B

Life Drawing II  

ART 061

Total Requirements 
Course List
Course Title Units
Major Requirements 33
Major Electives 6
General Education Requirements 21
Total Units 60