Transfer Preparation

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.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Arts for Transfer - Studio Arts

24 units + General Education Requirements

This AA-T degree is geared toward students who want to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU). Artists express their thoughts and feelings by creating fine artworks that are primarily intended for aesthetic enjoyment. Related career titles include advertising artist or designer, art administrator, furniture designer, illustrator, courtroom sketcher, medical illustrator, animator, and toy designer. Some organizations that typically employ art majors include studios, museums, auction houses, art councils, educational institutions, hospitals, interior design departments, advertising agencies, and film and media production companies. Upon completion of the Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer (AA-T), 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 Studio Arts or similar majors for many campuses in the California State University system.

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Associate in Arts Degree - Art

24 units + General Education Requirements

Artists express their thoughts and feelings by creating fine artworks that are primarily intended for aesthetic enjoyment. Related career titles include advertising artist or designer, art administrator, furniture designer, illustrator, courtroom sketcher, medical illustrator, animator, and toy designer. Some organizations that typically employ art majors include studios, museums, auction houses, art councils, educational institutions, hospitals, interior design departments, advertising agencies, and film and media production companies.

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Other Art Programs

Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary Bachelor Degree $82,451
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education Bachelor Degree $79,972
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Bachelor Degree $72,175
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Bachelor Degree $80,056
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers Bachelor Degree $42,334
Archivists Master's or Professional Degree $43,347
Curators Bachelor Degree $71,874
Museum Technicians and Conservators Master's or Professional Degree $47,634
Art Directors Bachelor Degree $86,450
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Bachelor Degree $33,011
Multimedia Artists and Animators Bachelor Degree $70,103
Commercial and Industrial Designers Bachelor Degree $58,780
Graphic Designers Bachelor Degree $49,082
Set and Exhibit Designers Bachelor Degree $53,615
Photographers Associate Degree $43,100
Art Therapists Master's or Professional Degree $68,619