Associate of Arts in
Associate in Arts in Art Mission College
The Associate in Arts in Art is designed to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in drawing, painting, design, digital art, and art history. Students acquire the necessary skills and experience to demonstrate an extensive understanding of materials, technique, philosophy, and aesthetics in the creative process.
- Students will create and critique works of art in a supportive environment using traditional and new art media according to established principles of art and design. Students can communicate orally and in writing about art and design-related topics.
- Students will develop their vision to devise innovative solutions to creative and technical problems.
- Students will present to the instructor a portfolio of work which will be evaluated according to the criteria of technical mastery, creativity, solving problems with original solutions, and meeting the stated goals of the assignment.
- Students will develop critical thinking skills as they analyze, compare and contrast, and trace the development of art forms from different parts of the world from ancient to modern times.
To earn this degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of 60-degree applicable units with an overall GPA of 2.0.
- Completing a minimum of 18-semester units in the major with a grade of C (or P) or better.
- Completion of the AA/AS Graduation Requirements, CSU GE-B or IGETC.
A Survey of Art - 6.0 units selected from:
- ART 001A ---- Survey of Western Art I (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- ART 001B ---- Survey of Western Art II (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
- ART 001D ---- Art of the 20th Century (3.0 Lecture) ---- 3.0
B. Drawing - 6.0 units selected from:
- ART 031A ---- Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) ---- 3.0
- ART 031B ---- Intermediate Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) ---- 3.0
- ART 035A ---- Life Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) ---- 3.0
C. Design - 6.0 units selected from:
- ART 033A ---- Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) ---- 3.0
- ART 033B ---- Basic Design: Three-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) ---- 3.0
- ART 033C ---- Basic Design: Color (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) ---- 3.0
Plus one course from either 2D or 3D Art below
Note: students can take ART 033A, 033B, or 035A if not taken in foundation courses
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships at Mission
Mission College offers a variety of scholarships ranging from $50 to several thousand dollars per year. Eligibility may vary based on fields of study, community and/or college involvement, and/or financial need.
All continuing Mission College and new students, including graduating high school students and transferring students, may apply.
Current Scholarships Available
Mission College 2022-23 General Scholarships Application
New, returning, continuing, or transferring Mission College Scholarship opportunities are available. The 2022-23 MC Scholarship Application-visit the website for more details. The deadline has closed for this year.
NEW Spring 2022 Scholarship Opportunities!
Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship: Deadline April 30, 2022. Download the application here: 21-22 Jim McEntee Scholarship
American Association of University Woman-AAUW (San Jose Branch Scholarship Application & Opportunity. For more information, visit the website. The deadline to apply is April 15,
NEW Chicana Latina (CLF) Foundation Scholarship
The Chicana Latina Foundation awards scholarships to Latina college students valued at $1500 each. Deadline to Apply: March 31st, 2022
NEW Progress Pride Scholarship!
For the first time, the Mensa Foundation seeks to award our Progress Pride Scholarship: up to two $10,000 scholarships. The scholarship is intended for college-bound, college, or graduate students at U.S. universities who identify as both BIPOC and LGBTQ—and who have demonstrated positive service to the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities.
POINT Foundation Scholarship
The Community College Scholarship Program launched in 2016 and went national in 2017. To be selected for the scholarship, students are evaluated on academic performance and potential, financial need, involvement in school and community, and goals for the future. Deadline to Apply May 3rd.
Mission Promise Program
Mission College is proud to expand our Mission Promise Program to make college more affordable for our new, first-time college students! Eligible students will have their enrollment fees paid for their first two years AND get up to $1,000 to pay for books or other educational expenses.
Dreamers: Scholarship opportunity for undocumented and/or DACA recipients
- Immigrants Rising Scholarships
- Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- List of Undergraduate Scholarships
- Latinos in Technology (Includes Business and Nursing)
STEM: Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) Scholarship Opportunities. New opportunities are open!
- NEW! Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship.
- NEW! Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship.
- Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program.
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Gates Millennium
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers
External Scholarships New opportunities!
Additional scholarship resources and links.
- pointfoundation.org (LGBTQI+ Scholarship Opportunity)
- Progress Pride Scholarship (BIPOC & LGBTQI+ Scholarship Opportunity)
- Latinos in Technology (includes Business and Nursing)
- Horacio Alger Scholarship (various & Career & Technical Scholarships)
- Pivotalnow.org (Foster Youth Scholarship Opportunity)
- National League of American Pen Woman (NLAPW) (females only scholarship)
- 2022 Scholarship Details 2022 NLAPW Application
- African American Scholarship Opportunity
- African American Scholarship
- Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship
- Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship
- Soroptomist-Live Your Dream Award New!
- Live Your Dream Award NEW! (Due Nov. 15)
- VAPW Scholarship Application (Vietnamese American Professional Women Association of Silicon Valley Deadline May 1)
The Associate in Arts in Art transfers to most four-year institutions. Career opportunities include the following: education/teaching, studio artist, arts administration, commercial art, digital artist, designer, museum/gallery professional, and art conservator.