By Alexandra Corcoran, UC Berkeley Extension graduate

After centuries of experimentation, painting still promises the discovery of boundless creative expression. The Specialized Program in Painting teaches essential painting techniques to develop your creativity using a variety of materials and methods. The curriculum broadens your understanding of line, form, color, composition and space. Required and elective courses provide the opportunity to expand your range of skills, experiment with new approaches and develop your artistic voice.


There are no prerequisites for the Specialized Program in Painting, but a bachelor's degree is recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 2 required courses and 1 elective for a total of 6 semester units (102 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable specialized program of study registration fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the Award of Completion, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.0 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. All coursework must be completed within two years of registering for the program.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Specialized Program in Painting, 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. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated cost of $1,485 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the program coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to or call (510) 664-7823. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your award 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 award.