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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 Not Available
HISTART X442 Contemporary Art: History and Theory 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X401 Post-Baccalaureate Seminar 1: Portfolio and Visual Dynamics 2 Not Available
ART X495 Post-Baccalaureate Seminar 2: Portfolio and Critique 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X495.1 Post-Baccalaureate Seminar 3: Portfolio and Professional Practices 2 Classroom Available
ART 801 Portfolio Review 0 Classroom Available
Elective
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X495.5 Post-Baccalaureate Mentorship 1-2 Not Applicable Available
Electives (Art History)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X400.4 Ancient Greek Art 2 Not Available
HISTART X445.2 Art and Technology: Considering Histories and Theories 2 Classroom Not Available
HISTART X407.1 Art of the Impressionists 2 Not Available
HISTART X407.2 Art of the Post-Impressionists 2 Not Available
FILM X401.1 Film History: 1880s to 1940s 2 Not Available
ARCH X405.8 History of Photography: A Dynamic Study and Practice 2 Classroom 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 Classroom Available
HISTART X400.6 Roman and Etruscan Art 2 Not Available
Electives (Drawing)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ART X415.5 Anatomy for Artists 2 Not Available
ART X431 Chinese Calligraphy 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X408.2 Contemporary Drawing Using Techniques of the Masters 2 Not Available
ART X406 Drawing Intermediate 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X433 Experimental Drawing 2 Classroom Available
ART X434 Exploring the Portrait and Self-Portrait 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X415.6 Extremities: Drawing Hands and Feet 1 Not Available
ART X415 Figure Drawing 2 Classroom Available
ART X408.1 Large-Scale Drawing 2 Not Available
ART X414.6 Nature Journaling 2 Not Available
ART X432 Pen and Ink Drawing 2 Not Available
ART X406.6 Perspective Drawing for Artists 1 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 Not 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 Available
ART X414.3 Contemporary Painting With Water-Based Media 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X442.1 Contemporary Realism: Painting Techniques of the Masters 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X411.4 Light and Space 2 Not Available
ART X440 Mixed-Media Painting 2 Classroom Available
ART X411 Painting Intermediate 2 Classroom Available
ART X470 Painting Workshop 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X406.9 Simplifying the Complex 1 Not Available
ART X414 Watercolor Fundamentals 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X413.3 Working in Series 2 Classroom Not Available
Electives (Photography and Film)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
FILM X415.1 Digital Filmmaking Fundamentals 2 Not Available
FILM X415.2 Digital Filmmaking Intermediate 2 Not Available
ARCH X405.7 Digital Photography in Practice and Context 2 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X405.2 Digital Photography Intermediate 2 Classroom Available
ARCH X405.9 Digital Printing and Presentation 2 Not Available
ARCH X405.8 History of Photography: A Dynamic Study and Practice 2 Classroom Not Available
FILM X490 Independent Projects: Film and Video 2 Not Available
LD ARCH X430 Landscape and Horticultural Photography 2 Classroom Available
FILM X416.1 Multimedia Storytelling 2 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 Classroom Available
ART X440.2 The Image of Text and Sound 2 Classroom Not Available
ART X417.5 Intaglio Printmaking 2 Not Available
ART X424 Intermedia: Conceptual Practices 2 Not Available
ART X417.1 Monoprinting Fundamentals 2 Not Available
ART X417.2 Monoprinting Intermediate 2 Not Available
ART X433.1 Play as a Subversive Strategy 2 Not Available
ART X417.3 Printmaking and Street Art as Activist Art Tools 2 Not 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

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