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Degrees, Certificates, & Transfer Programs


Current Requirements

For current 2021-2022 degree and certificate requirements, see the new Foothill College Academic Catalog.

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Art 2020-2021

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The Art program offers an Associate in Arts degree and a Certificate of Achievement and provides beginning through intermediate level studio art and art history classes with an emphasis in practical techniques, artistic expression and art theory. This guided program assists students in developing specialized artistic techniques and skills necessary to apply and transfer to art programs at local universities. The program offers a range of ceramics, drawing, painting, color theory, digital arts and art history classes. We offer art classes weekdays, weeknights, weekends, on campus, hybrid or online to fit students' needs.

Program Learning Outcomes:

-Students will be able to create two- and three-dimensional artwork and designs using appropriate tools, materials, methods and techniques.
-Students will be able to analyze and critically evaluate two- and three-dimensional creative projects using the current principles and language of art and design.

Units Required

  • Major: 29
  • Certificate(s): 29

Degree Requirements:

-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, 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 education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
-Core courses (21 units)
-Support courses (8 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 or certificate.

AA = Associate in Arts Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
UT = May be transferable to a four - year university.

Core Courses (21 units)

ART 2B History of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (4.5 units)
ART 2C History of Western Art from the Baroque to Modernism (4.5 units)
ART 4A Fundamentals in Drawing (4 units)
ART 5A 2-D Foundations (4 units)
ART 5B 3-D Foundations (4 units)
or ART 45A Beginning Ceramics Handbuilding (4 units)

Support Courses (8 units)

Complete 8 units from one of the following lists:

List 1:
ART 4B Intermediate Drawing (4 units)
and* ART 4C Representational Drawing (4 units)
ART 4D Figure Drawing I (4 units)
and* ART 4E Heads & Hands Drawing (4 units)
ART 4I Figure Drawing II (4 units)

List 2:
ART 15A Digital Painting I (4 units)
ART 15B Digital Painting II (4 units)
GID 41 Digital Art & Graphics (4 units)

List 3:
ART 19A Oil Painting I (4 units)
ART 19B Acrylic Painting I (4 units)
ART 19C Oil Painting II (4 units)
ART 19D Acrylic Painting II (4 units)
ART 20A Color I (4 units)
and* ART 20B Color II (4 units)
ART 47A Watercolor I (4 units)
ART 47B Watercolor II (4 units)

List 4:
ART 44 Ceramic Sculpture (4 units)
ART 45A Beginning Ceramics Handbuilding (4 units)
ART 45B Beginning Ceramics Potter's Wheel (4 units)
ART 46B Potter's Wheel II (4 units)
ART 45C Advanced Ceramics (4 units)
ART 45F Low-Temperature Ceramic Firing & Glazing Techniques (4 units)

* Both courses must be completed to fulfill the requirement.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Art

Units: 29

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core and support courses. General education courses are not required.

Control Information:
2020-2021 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2020-04-27 13:48:12 | Dept Code: ART