Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BFA - Art

Concentration in Photography

San José State University -to- Monterey Peninsula 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

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingNo Current Equivalent
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 1B Introduction to Literature
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking

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.

Preparation for the Major:

ART 012 Two-Dimensional Design and Color ConceptsArtB 2 Visual Fundamentals: Two-Dimensional Design (*)
ART 013 Three-Dimensional Design ConceptsArtB 3 Visual Fundamentals: Three-Dimensional Design
ART 024 Drawing IARTS 10A Drawing and Composition I (*)
ArtS 10B Intermediate Drawing
ART 074 Introduction to Digital MediaNo Current Equivalent
PHOT 040 Beginning PhotographyArtP 11A Photography I: Black and White
ARTH 070A Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalArtH 3 Western Art I (*)
ARTH 070B Art History, Renaissance to ModernArtH 4 Western Art II
ARTH 070C Arts of AsiaNo Current Equivalent
(Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B)

Lower Division Major Electives - Complete one area below (up to 6 semester units):


ART 046 Introduction to CeramicsArtC 1A Ceramic Handbuilding I


ART 026 Drawing IINo Current Equivalent
ART 061 Beginning PaintingNo Current Equivalent


ART 068 Beginning Sculpture: Object & ConceptNo Current Equivalent

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following Monterey Peninsula College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
ArtB 2Two-Dimensional Art Fundamentals
ARTS 10AIntroduction to Drawing
ArtH 3Survey 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.