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The Associate of Arts in Art History for Transfer degree (AA-T in Art History) promotes an understanding of art across cultures and geographic boundaries. Students are taught to apply fundamental art and art historical terminology to analyze works, and to develop an appreciation of process, in order to articulate the historical, social, and aesthetic functions of art.

The program is suited to the needs of students who will complete their education at Monterey Peninsula College with an A.A. degree, as well as those students who will complete their Monterey peninsula College A.A. degree and transfer to a four-year institution to complete their bachelor’s degree. Successful completion of the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree program guarantees the student acceptance to a California State University (but does not guarantee acceptance to a particular campus or major) to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Art History or similar area of study.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Analyze and interpret human thought, achievement, and expression relevant to such branches of knowledge as philosophy, literature, and/or the fine and performing arts, and to communicate the results.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the connection existing between recorded history and the visual arts, in communicating (via discussion and written assignments) their considerations of the value and role of art within diverse cultural contexts.