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"Graphic design shouldn't be a privilege or luxury–everyone has the right to good design."
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Build your creative and professional skills with courses in art and design at UC Berkeley Extension. Choose an individual course of interest or enroll in a program that will help prepare you to pursue a new career. Our programs provide the opportunity to work with award-winning designers, artists and industry professionals, allowing you to refine your portfolio and cultivate a professional network. Evening, weekend and online classes offer the flexibility that fits your busy schedule. Courses are held in San Francisco, Berkeley and online.
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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts student Jennifer Lugris has participated in solo and group shows throughout California. Her latest gallery show, California Love, will run from Feb. 7–21, Monday–Thursday (8 am–9:45 pm) and Fridays and Saturdays (8 am–4:30 pm) at our San Francisco Campus at 160 Spear St., 7th floor.
A special reception on Monday, Feb. 8, starts at 6 pm. From 7–8:30 pm, there will be a panel discussion on arts and healing for incarcerated Americans featuring Sharon Siskin, co-director of the Artist as Citizen program; Zoe Mullery, creative writing teacher at San Quentin State Prison; and Carol Newborg, program manager for the San Quentin Prison Arts Projects.
Created to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialog through art and film, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) opens its new home to the public in downtown Berkeley on Jan. 31, 2016. Living in the former UC Printing Press at 2155 Center St., the Diller Scofidio + Renfro–designed building features new spaces for galleries, film theaters, a café and study centers, in addition to the existing office building and large skylit exhibition space. Read more of this story.
View examples of student and instructor artwork and class projects in Extension's Art and Design program areas.
In this new series, we profile our professional instructors, who talk about why they're excited to teach you and what they bring to the classroom. Look for a new instructor every few weeks.
Melissa Mizell, Design Studio IV
Melissa Mizell is a principal at Gensler, where she has worked on high-profile projects such as the Terminal 2 redesign at San Francisco International Airport. After graduation from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she honed her design sensibilities at Knoll International in Tokyo. In addition to her award-winning work, Mizell finds time to teach courses in the Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture at UC Berkeley Extension. She recently talked with us about her career, trends in design and what she does to replenish her creativity.
Melissa Mizell, B.A., LEED AP, is a design director and principal at Gensler San Francisco. Her workplace, hospitality and retail projects include the new United Terminal and Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport. She is passionate about sharing knowledge and helping to influence the next generation of designers. Mizell serves on the advisory board of the interior design program at UC Berkeley Extension, and has mentored and taught at CCA and the Academy of Art.