Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Art & Design Focus

About The Program

At LCC, students may select beginning and advanced courses in a variety or artistic media, including design, drawing, ceramics, graphic design, painting and photography. A solid base in studio art combined with art history provides the basic liberal arts foundation essential for those interested in entering an art profession or transferring to complete a bachelor’s degree in art.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements  

Recommended Electives

ART 101 Beginning Drawing 3
ART 106 Two-Dimensional Design 5
ART 111 Beginning Painting 3
ART 121 Intro to Digital Imaging and Illustration 4
ART 131 Intro to Graphic Design 4
ART 141 Beginning Ceramics 3
ART 151 Introduction to Digital Photography 5
ART 200 Arts Portfolio Website Design 3
ART 226 History of Western Art I 5
ART 227 History of Western Art II:DIV 5
ART 228 History Western Art III:DIV 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Graduates will apply artistic skills and knowledge along with historical and cultural competency to demonstrate effective communication of visual ideas in art and design.
Revised April 2021 (Effective Fall 2021)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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