Areas of Interest

Art History


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: Art History

18 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). 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.

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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