Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

BFA - Art

Concentration in Photography

San José State University -to- Allan Hancock Community College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

Preparation for the Major:

ART 012 Two-Dimensional Design and Color ConceptsART 110 Design 1 (*)
ART 013 Three-Dimensional Design ConceptsArt 113 Three Dimensional Design
ART 024 Drawing IArt 120 Drawing 1
ART 074 Introduction to Digital MediaART 253 Digital Art
PHOT 040 Beginning PhotographyPhto 110 Basic Photography
ARTH 070A Art History, Prehistoric to Medieval
(Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B)
ART 103 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval (*)
ARTH 070B Art History, Renaissance to Modern
(Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B)
Art 104 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern
ARTH 070C Arts of Asia
(Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B)
No Current Equivalent

Lower Division Major Electives - up to 6 units:

Either complete two courses to complete the Pictorial elective:
ART 025 Expressive DrawingNo Current Equivalent
ART 055 Life DrawingArt 122 Life Drawing 1
ART 061 Beginning PaintingArt 129 Painting in Oils 1
or complete one course toward Spatial Design elective:
ART 068 Beginning Sculpture: Object & ConceptArt 164 Sculpture 1
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all art/design courses; failing this, the BFA status will be changed to one of the BA - Art programs.

WST Prerequisite:

Beginning Fall 2014 the prerequisite for the WST is the completion of the CSU GE A3 with a grade of C or better. All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2). In doing this students will be more prepared to pass the WST and 100W course at SJSU.
Once the following recommended course has been completed with a grade of C or better, students should contact our testing office: to register for the WST exam at SJSU (passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registration for upper division courses):
2nd English Composition/Critical Thinking Equivalent Transfer Course
any course approve for the IGETC Critical Thinking/Second semester English composition 1B area is highly recommended
PHIL 114 Critical Thinking
ENGL 001B Composition 2ENGL 102 Freshman Composition: Literature
ENGL 103 Critical Thinking & Composition

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following Allan Hancock Community College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
ART 110Two-Dimensional Art Fundamentals
ART 103Survey of Art History from Prehistoric through Medieval Periods
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility. Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. These requirements are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses can be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Semester English Composition highly recommended:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST and 100W course at SJSU. Approved courses can be found above within the lower division major requirements. Be sure to select this course as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. Once this course is complete, students are encouraged to take the WST exam at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU required courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.