The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students to seamlessly transfer into the California State University (CSU) system and complete a baccalaureate degree in Studio Arts or similar field of study.  Course offerings expose students to a broad range of materials and techniques designed to build diverse technical skills, to nurture innovative and personally driven ideas, and promote professionalism in art and design solutions.  The Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree provides a sound foundation for students seeking careers in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Digital Media, Animation, Illustration, and Art Education, among others. 

To be awarded the Associate Degree for Transfer, students must have the following:
  • Completion of 60 CSU transferable semester units.
  • A minimum of at least 2.0 GPA in CSU transferable courses (note that a higher GPA may be required in some institutions).
  • Completion of at least 18 units in the major with a grade of “C” or better. A “P” (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  • Certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements, or completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU requirements.

Please Note: No more than 60 semester units are required for this degree and no additional requirements will be imposed by Evergreen Valley College.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Display competence in the use of tools, materials, techniques, and concepts by completing a portfolio of original art and design projects.
  • Demonstrate, through the analysis of aesthetic and cultural values, an understanding of the contribution of art and design to human experience.
  • Evaluate works of art and design through critical discussion and written assignments

Required Courses

Major Requirements




Core Requirements


ART 012

Two Dimensional Design


ART 013

Three Dimensional Design


ART 024

Beginning Drawing


ART 092

Survey of Art History: Renaissance to the Present


List A: Select 3 units from the following:


ART 091

Survey of Art History: Prehistoric Through Gothic


ART 096

History of Asian Art


List B: Select 3 Curricular Areas (9 units)


Curricular Area: Drawing


ART 025

Expressive Drawing


ART 055A

Life Drawing I


Curricular Area: Painting


ART 060A

Painting I


Curricular Area: Sculpture


ART 042

Beginning Sculpture I


Curricular Area: Digital Art


ART 035

Graphic Design I


Curricular Area: Photography



Beginning Photography


Curricular Area: Applied Design


ART 066

Introduction to Metalsmithing


Curricular Area: Second Semester


ART 026A

Representational Drawing


ART 055B

Life Drawing II


ART 060B

Painting II


Total Requirements





Major Requirements


CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU 1


Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)


Total Units



 Some GE courses may be double-counted within the major and will reduce the number of units.  General electives may be needed to reach 60 units. Please consult with a counselor to determine which courses are applicable.

What is a Program Map?

A program map is a suggested semester-by-semester plan to help you complete the courses required for a particular degree or certificate. It is based on the major sheet for the particular degree or certificate you are interested in. It includes courses required for the major, general education and any necessary electives. 

A program map is a representation of the major sheet. It includes the specific specialty courses in a major, general education courses and any necessary electives. 

What is a Major Sheet?

A major sheet includes a description of the program you are interested in, what you can expect to learn once you have completed the program (Program Learning Outcomes) and the specific specialty courses you will need to complete within a major.