Bachelor of Arts in Art: Art History and Studio Art – ARTS or ARTH Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AA-T in Studio Arts or an AA-T in Art History. Twelve units in the major (two lower-division studio courses, two lower-division art history courses) and all lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
Major Upper Division Art History – 20th–21st Century topic 1 3
Major Upper Division Studio 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
University Elective 3
Second Semester
ARTH 400GW Writing About Art - GWAR 3
Major Upper Division Studio 3
Major Upper Division Art History 1 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
University Elective 3
Third Semester
ART 509 Art Professional Service Practicum 1
Major Upper Division Studio (designate as pre-capstone on advisement) 2 3
Major Upper Division Art History – Take Two 1 6
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
University Elective 2
Fourth Semester
ARTH 602 Art History Seminar 3
or Capstone Studio
Major Upper Division Studio – Take Two 6
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
University Elective 3
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9–15 Units

  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer
  • Upper-division GE, areas B, C, and D (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students entering the major with the AA-T in Art History or Studio Arts are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Art major (Art History and Studio Art): 34 Units

Twelve units met in transfer: two lower-division studio courses; two lower-division art history courses.

  • Upper Division Art History (12 units): including 20th/21st century topic
  • Upper Division Studio (15 units): choose one or two studio areas to develop skills that will lead to developing a guided, personally directed body of work in a capstone course in the senior year.
  • Capstone Experience (3 units): ARTH 602 or Upper Division Studio Capstone in the 3rd or 4th semester. See Note 1 above.
  • Art Productions (1 unit): ART 509
  • Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (3 units): ARTH 400GW

University Electives: Eleven or More Units

Units depending on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State – some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., both in UD GE and the major.