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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Art History

The Art History program offers an Associate in Arts degree and a Certificate of Achievement and provides students with an awareness of art, economic, political, religious and social history. Students leave the program with an increased sensitivity to art-related issues and the ability to think critically about art and art history. Knowledge of art history engenders a heightened understanding of history, a familiarity with the major issues in human cultural development and the exposure to the artistic expression of varied cultures and civilizations. This guided program assists students in developing specialized art theory necessary to apply and transfer to art programs at local universities.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to collect and assess primary and secondary source information and successfully analyze and comment on that information in the form of a reasoned term paper.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate in written form a strong awareness of the political, social, religious, and technological factors that influence cultures and change in those cultures.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include the following: college professor, teacher, arts administrator, museum/gallery curator, corporate art advisor, museum docent, consultant on historical style for film and TV production, museum conservator, historical conservationist, art critic, tour guide, travel consultant, research assistant, and art dealer.

Associate Degree Requirements

Units required for Major: 30-31
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108 or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.

A minimum of 90 units is required to include

  • Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:
    • Foothill General Education
    • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or
    • the Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (17.5 units)
  • Support courses (12.5-13.5 units)
  • Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Online Courses for Art History

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Please Note: One to two years of French, Spanish, Italian, or German is strongly recommended for students intending to continue in Art History at a 4-year institution. Students who wish to specialize in Asian Art should consider one or two years of Japanese or Mandarin.


Core Courses (17.5 units)

ART 2A History of Art: History of Western Art from Prehistory through Early Christianity 4.5
ART 2B History of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance 4.5
ART 2C History of Western Art from the Baroque to Modernism 4.5
ART 4A Fundamentals in Drawing

Support Courses (12.5 - 13.5 units)

List 1: Select ONE course from the following:
ART 2F Introduction to Asian Arts 4.5
List 2: Select ONE course from the following:
ART 4B Intermediate Drawing 4
ART 4C Representational Drawing 4
ART 4D Figure Drawing 4
ART 4E Heads & Hands Drawing 4
ART 5A 2-D Foundations 4
ART 19A Oil Painting I 4
ART 19B Acrylic Painting I 4
ART 20A Color I 4
ART 20B Color II 4
ART 44 Ceramic Sculpture 4
ART 45A Beginning Ceramics Handbuilding 4
ART 47A Watercolor I 4
ART 47B Watercolor II 4
GID 41 Digital Art & Graphics 4
PHOT 4A Photoshop for Photographers 4
PHOT 5 Introduction to Photography 4
List 3: Any course not used in List 1 or List 2, or any of the following:
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
ART 1 Introduction to Art 4.5
ART 2E A History of Women in Art 4.5
ART 2J American Art 4.5
ART 3 History of Modern Art from Post-Impressionism to the Present 4.5
HIST 4A History of Western Civilization to 800 CE 4
HIST 4B History of Western Civilization: 700-1800 4
HIST 4C History of Western Civilization 1789-Present 4
HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
or HUMN 1H Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
HUMN 2 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires & Conflict 4
JAPN 4 Intermediate Japanese 5
PHIL 24 Comparative World Religions: East 4
PHIL 25 Comparative World Religions: West 4
PHOT 8 Photography of Multicultural America 4
or PHOT 8H Honors Photography of Multicultural America 4
PHOT 10 History of Photography 4
or PHOT 10H Honors History of Photography 4
SPAN 4 Intermediate Spanish 5
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements,  please visit Art History 2020-2021 Degrees & Certificates.

Based on the 2020 - 2021 degree program.