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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.

Jennifer Lugris,
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
in Visual Arts


Required: 360 Hours
Required Courses
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
HISTART X441 Modern Art: History and Theory 2 Classroom Not 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 X495.5 Post-Baccalaureate Mentorship 1 to 2 Not Applicable Not Available
ART 801 Portfolio Review 0 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 X411 Art of the Bay Area 2 Not Available
HISTART X458 How the Art World Works 1 Classroom Not Available
HISTART X448 Philosophy of Art 2 Not Available
HISTART X446.2 Abstraction vs. Figuration: Five Decades of Modern and Contemporary Art 1 Classroom Not Available
Electives (Drawing)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X431 Chinese Calligraphy 2 Classroom Available
ART X408.3 Drawing Handscrolls 2 Not Available
ART X406 Drawing Intermediate 2 Not Available
ART X414.6 Drawing on Nature 2 Not Available
ART X408.4 Drawn to Line 2 Not Available
ART X433 Experimental Drawing 2 Not Available
ART X405.2 Exploring New Directions in Drawing 1 Not Available
ART X434 Exploring the Portrait and Self-Portrait 2 Not Available
ART X415 Figure Drawing 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 X403 Color Theory for the Visual Arts 2 Not 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 X437 Figure Painting 2 Not Available
ART X440 Mixed-Media Painting 2 Not Available
ART X411 Painting Intermediate 2 Classroom Available
ART X470 Painting Workshop 2 Classroom Available
ART X414 Watercolor 2 Not Available
Electives (Photography and Film)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
FILM X20 The Art of Film 3 Online Available
ARCH X405.2 Digital Photography Intermediate 2 Not Available
ARCH X405.7 Digital Photography in Practice and Context 2 Not Available
ARCH X406.2 Photoshop for Photographers 2 Not Available
ARCH X405.8 History of Photography: A Dynamic Study and Practice 2 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X406.1 Photography Workshop 2 Classroom Available
Electives (Other Media)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X423 Collage 2 Not Available
ART X421.4 Contemporary Art and Soft Sculpture 2 Not Available
ART X451 Experimental Monoprinting 2 Not Available
ART X417.4 Woodblock Printmaking 2 Not Available
ART X456 The Found Object: An Exploration of Appropriation 2 Not Available
ART X417.6 Collagraphy: Inventive 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 a bachelor's degree and have intermediate to advanced-level art skills 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 other 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 application, which requires uploading the following materials, converting the documents to .pdf or .jpg:
    • Personal/artistic statement discussing your art background, current art practice and goals (as .pdf)
    • 10–12 images of your current artwork (each as .jpg). Include list of artworks with title, date, medium and size (as .pdf). If your images are too large, please submit them on a CD or USB with the list to the mailing address below.
    • Current C.V. or résumé (as .pdf)
    • A copy of your transcript from an accredited undergraduate institution verifying that you earned a baccalaureate degree (as .pdf)*
    • Any additional copies of transcripts from all other undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (as .pdf). International transcripts must be professionally translated.*
  2. Complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  3. Pay the nonrefundable application fee through your shopping cart.

*To complete the application process, you must also send your original (official and sealed) transcripts to:

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

If you are accepted into the certificate program, you will need to pay a separate nonrefundable $150 certificate registration fee.

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 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

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

Contact Information

To contact the department office, email or call (510) 664-7823.