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The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts provides a critical bridge between talent and skill. This exciting curriculum includes expert instruction and rigorous studio experience to help you take your creative ideas to the next level in a supportive atmosphere. It includes theory and critique seminars designed to develop creative and conceptual thinking; visual art history courses that integrate issues of contemporary art within a historical context; and visual arts electives chosen from a wide array of studio courses in painting, drawing, digital photography and other media. The focus on studio practice with a conceptual and art-historical framework enables you to develop a portfolio of work for application to a Master of Fine Arts program. All courses are approved by UC Berkeley and take place in San Francisco. This certificate can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.

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Courses

Required: 360 Hours
Required Courses
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
HISTART X441 Modern Art: History and Theory 2 Classroom Available
HISTART X442 Contemporary Art: History and Theory 2 Not Available
ART X401 Post-Baccalaureate Seminar 1: Portfolio and Visual Dynamics 2 Classroom Available
ART X495 Post-Baccalaureate Seminar 2: Portfolio and Critique 2 Not Available
ART X495.1 Post-Baccalaureate Seminar 3: Portfolio and Professional Practices 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X495.5 Post-Baccalaureate Mentorship 1 to 2 Not Applicable Available
ART 801 Portfolio Review 0 Classroom Not Available
Electives (Art History)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
HISTART X445.2 Art and Technology: Considering Histories and Theories 2 Not Available
HISTART X429 Art by Women 2 Not Available
HISTART X411 Art of the Bay Area 2 Classroom Not Available
HISTART X413.1 Art Writing and Research Methods 2 Classroom Not Available
HISTART X426.5 The Grand Tour: Art and Travel of the 18th Century 1 Not Available
ARCH X405.8 History of Photography: A Dynamic Study and Practice 2 Not Available
HISTART X458 How the Art World Works 1 Classroom Available
HISTART X420.2 In Place: Recent Trends in Public Art 1 Not Available
HISTART X450 Museums and Museum Careers: New Trends and Practices 2 Not Available
HISTART X406.1 Rococo to Revolution: Art of the 18th Century 2 Not Available
HISTART X410 Seeing Art 2 Not Available
HISTART X400.7 Art and Architecture of the Ottoman Empire 1 Classroom Available
Electives (Drawing)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X408.2 Contemporary Drawing Using Techniques of the Masters 2 Not Available
ART X408.3 Drawing Handscrolls 2 Not Available
ART X406 Drawing Intermediate 2 Not Available
ART X414.6 Drawing on Nature 2 Classroom Available
ART X408.4 Drawn to Line 2 Classroom Available
ART X433 Experimental Drawing 2 Not Available
ART X434 Exploring the Portrait and Self-Portrait 2 Not Available
ART X415 Figure Drawing 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X408.1 Large-Scale Drawing 2 Not Available
ART X408 Pastel 2 Not Available
ART X432 Pen and Ink Drawing 2 Not Available
ART X413.3 Working in Series 2 Classroom Available
Electives (Painting)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X412.1 Approaches to Abstraction in Painting 2 Classroom Available
ART X449 Chinese Brush Painting 2 Not Available
ART X449.1 Chinese Landscape Painting 2 Not Available
ART X403 Color Theory for the Visual Arts 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X411.2 Colorful Painting: Observation and Intuition 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X414.3 Contemporary Painting With Water-Based Media 2 Not Available
ART X442.1 Contemporary Realism: Painting Techniques of the Masters 2 Not Available
ART X411.4 Light and Space 2 Not Available
ART X440 Mixed-Media Painting 2 Classroom Available
ART X411 Painting Intermediate 2 Not Available
ART X470 Painting Workshop 2 Classroom Available
ART X414 Watercolor Fundamentals 2 Classroom Not Available
Electives (Photography and Film)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ARCH X405.7 Digital Photography in Practice and Context 2 Classroom Available
ARCH X406.2 Photoshop for Photographers 2 Not Available
ARCH X405.2 Digital Photography Intermediate 2 Not Available
ARCH X405.9 Digital Printing and Presentation 2 Classroom Available
ARCH X405.8 History of Photography: A Dynamic Study and Practice 2 Not Available
ARCH X411 Photo Storytelling: Exploring Narrative 2 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X406.1 Photography Workshop 2 Not Available
FILM X426.2 Subversive Cinema 1 Classroom Available
Electives (Other Media)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X423 Collage 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X421.4 Contemporary Art and Soft Sculpture 1 Not Available
ART X451 Experimental Monoprinting 2 Not Available
ART X461 Maya Fundamentals: Introduction to 3-D Animation 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X417.1 Monoprinting Fundamentals 2 Not Available
ART X417 Printmaking Fundamentals 2 Classroom Available
ART X417.4 Woodblock Printmaking 2 Classroom Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

College graduates who hold at least  bachelor's degree and have intermediate to advanced-level art experience are eligible to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts. Note: The revised prerequisites apply to new students registering for this professional certificate on or after July 1, 2015.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises a minimum of 12 courses and a final portfolio review for a total of 24 semester units (360 hours of instruction), including 7 required courses (12 semester units), and a minimum of 6 visual arts electives (12 semester units). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate application fee.

Course topics include theory/critique courses designed to develop creative and conceptual thinking; visual art history courses that function to integrate issues of contemporary art within a historical context; and visual arts electives chosen from a wide array of studio courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and film/video media.

Grading and GPA are determined on a course-by-course basis. To receive the certificate, you must complete all required and elective courses for academic credit with a grade of C or better. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.9 or higher. The curriculum can be completed within one year by attending full time (minimum 8 units per semester) or in two years by attending part time (minimum 4 units per semester). All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate.

How to Register

We have a rolling admissions policy, which means that we consider applications throughout the year. While there is no application deadline, it is advisable to submit all of your materials at least two months prior to your intended date of matriculation.

To apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

To complete the application process, you must also submit the following materials by mail (see address information below):

  • Printed, personal/artistic statement
  • 10–12 images of your current artwork. Please submit portfolio URL link on your résumé or submit a CD/USB with your digital images.
  • Current C.V. or résumé, in print form
  • An official, sealed transcript from an accredited undergraduate institution verifying that you earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Any additional transcripts (official and sealed) from all other undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. International transcripts must be professionally translated.

Send materials to:

Anastasia Meadors
Director
Art and Design
UC Berkeley Extension
1995 University Ave., Suite 110
Berkeley, CA 94704-7000

If you are an international student, you must apply to Evening Certificate Programs. Learn more.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $6,200 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to extension-visualarts@berkeley.edu or call (510) 664-7823. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

Special Instructions for International Students

This certificate is approved for international students. International students must be officially accepted into UC Berkeley Extension’s Evening Certificate Programs before enrolling in any courses associated with this certificate. Apply now.

Advisory Board

Susanne Cockrell
Associate Professor, Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Community Arts and First-Year Program
California College of the Arts

Richard Kamler
Professor Emeritus, Fine Arts
University of San Francisco

Ted Purves
Associate Professor and Chair, Fine Arts Department
California College of the Arts

George Rivera
Associate Faculty, Mission College

Richard Shaw
Professor Emeritus, Department of Art Practice
UC Berkeley

Mark Van Proyen
Associate Professor, Painting Department
San Francisco Art Institute

Lewis Watts
Professor Emeritus
UC Santa Cruz

Dominic Willsdon
The Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art