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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 an M.F.A. program. All courses are approved by UC Berkeley and take place in the heart of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts district. 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 Not Available
ART 801 Portfolio Review 0 Not Available
Elective
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X495.5 Post-Baccalaureate Mentorship 1 to 2 Not Applicable Available
Electives (Art History)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
HISTART X429 Art by Women 2 Classroom Available
HISTART X445.2 Art and Technology: Considering Histories and Theories 2 Not Available
ARCH X405.8 History of Photography: A Dynamic Study and Practice 2 Not 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 Classroom Available
HISTART X406.1 Rococo to Revolution: Art of the 18th Century 2 Not 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 X406 Drawing Intermediate 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 Not Available
ART X408.1 Large-Scale Drawing 2 Classroom Canceled
ART X414.6 Drawing on Nature 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X432 Pen and Ink Drawing 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X413.3 Working in Series 2 Classroom Not 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 Available
ART X411.2 Colorful Painting: Observation and Intuition 2 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 X411.3 Material Fictions 1 Classroom Canceled
ART X411.4 Light and Space 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X440 Mixed-Media Painting 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X411 Painting Intermediate 2 Not Available
ART X470 Painting Workshop 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X414 Watercolor Fundamentals 2 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 Not Available
ARCH X406.2 Photoshop for Photographers 2 Classroom Available
ARCH X405.2 Digital Photography Intermediate 2 Not Available
ARCH X405.8 History of Photography: A Dynamic Study and Practice 2 Not Available
ARCH X406.1 Photography Workshop 2 Not Available
Electives (Other Media)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X423 Collage 2 Not Available
ART X417.1 Monoprinting Fundamentals 2 Classroom Canceled

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

A bachelor's degree is required for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts and completion of a specialized program of study in painting, drawing, digital photography or equivalent, as determined by the program director. Note: The revised prerequisites apply to new students registering for this professional certificate on or after Jan. 1, 2011.

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 6 required courses (10 semester units), 1 art history elective (2 semester units), and a minimum of 6 art practice 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, sculpture, 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 3.7 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

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum (domestic students only). To register online for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts, complete these two steps:

  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.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

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 $5,975 (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 (415) 284-1041. 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.

Advisory Board

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

Richard Kamler
Associate Professor, Department of Art and Architecture
University of San Francisco

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

George Rivera
Executive Director and Senior Curator
Triton Museum of Art

Richard Shaw
Professor Emeritus, Department of Art Practice
UC Berkeley

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

Lewis Watts
Associate Professor, Department of Art
UC Santa Cruz

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