Art Department

Art History Program


About the Art History Program

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Transfer as an Art History Major 

Students completing this degree are eligible for priority transfer admission consideration in the majors at the California State University.

Apply Now See an Academic Counselor

Program Paths

Art History


Art History

Associate in Arts for Transfer

This AA-T degree is geared toward students who want to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU). Upon completion of the AA-T in Art History, students will have a strong academic foundation in the field and be prepared for upper-division baccalaureate study. Completion of the degree indicates that the student will have satisfied the lower-division requirements for transfer into art history or similar major for many campuses in the California State University system. This degree complies with The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440). Students pursuing the AA-T in art history will demonstrate, through written and oral academic work, knowledge of art history, fine art, and visual culture, and be prepared to pursue further study in art history or a similar major at the baccalaureate level at the California State University.

Potential Career Options

Career Exploration

Resources and Transfer

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should meet with a counselor to discuss which courses need to be taken at SMC before applying to your colleges/universities.

Mentor Program

A concentrated group of talented art students who have been invited to explore and develop their artistic practice in an experimental and interdisciplinary manner.

Arts Complex

Art classes take place at the Arts Complex and the Airport Campus. Studio space, glass blowing, and ceramics.

Counseling and Transfers

Our counselors are here to help you plan your academic classes, goals, and needs.

Let us help you get to your successful education goals

Apply Now!