Bachelor of Arts in Art: Concentration in Studio Art – 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 Art History. 12 to 15 units in the major (two to three 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.

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 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 (Studio Art) Major: 31 Units

12 to 15 units met in transfer: Two to three lower-division studio courses, two lower-division art history courses. Students who completed only 6 units of studio courses may substitute 3 units of upper-division studio.

  • Upper-Division Art History (6 units): One course in 20th/21st century and one in non-European art.
  • Upper-Division Studio Art (21–24 units): 24 units required if only 6 units of studio completed before transfer. Choose one, two, or three 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.
  • Art Productions (1 unit): ART 509.
  • Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (3 units): ARTH 400GW.

University Electives: 11 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
Major Upper-Division Art History – non-European 3
Major Upper-Division Studio (21-24 units) - Take One 1 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
University Elective 3
Second Semester
ARTH 400GW Writing About Art - GWAR (Major Core) 3
Major Upper-Division Art History – 20th-21st Century 3
Major Upper-Division Studio (21-24 units) - Take Two 1 6
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Third Semester
ART 509 Art Professional Service Practicum (Major Core) 1
Major Upper-Division Studio (21-24 units) (designate one as pre-capstone on advisement) – Take Two 1,2 6
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
University Electives - Take Two 5
Fourth Semester
Major Upper-Division Studio (designate one as capstone on advisement) – Take Three 2 9
or Take Two Studio Art Courses and One University Elective if 9 units of Lower-Division Studio completed
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 3
 Total Units60