Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

BA - Art

Concentration in Studio Practice

San José State University -to- Sierra 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

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The Art and Art History department accepts the AA-T in Studio Arts for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for the Studio Arts major at SJSU, as part of their AA-T in Studio Arts. Students should take courses which clear the American Institutions requirement and a second course in English composition as part of their CSU GE or IGETC requirements for the AA-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 1B Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature
ENGL 1C Critical Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 1B Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature

Preparation for the Major:

ART 012 Two-Dimensional Design and Color ConceptsArt 2 Two-Dimensional Design Foundations
ART 013 Three-Dimensional Design ConceptsART 3 Three-Dimensional Design Foundations
ART 024 Drawing IART 4A Drawing I
ART 4B Drawing II
ART 074 Introduction to Digital MediaNo Current Equivalent
PHOT 040 Beginning PhotographyPhot 60A Elementary Photography
ARTH 070A Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalARHI 110 History of Western Art I: Prehistory through the Middles Ages
ARTH 070B Art History, Renaissance to ModernARHI 120 History of Western Art II: Renaissance through Romanticism
ARHI 130 History of Western Art III: Modern through Contemporary
ARTH 070C Arts of AsiaARHI 150 History of Asian Art
(Highly recommend students take ARTH 070B)

Complete two courses requirements from:

ART 025 Expressive DrawingNo Current Equivalent
ART 026 Drawing IINo Current Equivalent
ART 046 Introduction to CeramicsArt 18A Ceramics I
ART 061 Beginning PaintingArt 7A Oil Painting I
ART 8A Watercolor Painting I
ART 9A Acrylic Painting I
ART 068 Beginning Sculpture: Object & ConceptArt 12A Sculpture I
ART 075 Introduction to Digital Video ArtNo Current Equivalent


Admission to San Jose State is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Because of this, SJSU is an impacted campus with impacted programs. For the most current information regarding admission impaction at SJSU please visit our website SJSU Impaction Information page.

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 (except majors which have an approved CSU GE A3 waiver). 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. The lower division major courses for this major 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 may be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Some SJSU majors which meet GE requirements within the majors are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog. 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 Course in English Composition highly recommended:
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) for the greatest success in passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) at SJSU. Complete this course with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU 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 U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

5. Graduation Requirement - Physical Education (PE):
All undergraduate students who matriculate at SJSU are required to complete two units of physical education from Kinesiology/Dance activity courses, unless the major program has an approved PE waiver. Majors which have approved PE waivers are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog.