Post-Baccalaureate study at SFAI

The Post-Baccalaureate (PB) Certificate in Studio Art is a one-year, full-time course of study that offers an intensive studio and critique-driven environment for practicing artists preparing to apply for an MFA program or for mid-career professionals looking to sharpen their focus and expand their studio work. The program provides a rigorous yet supportive context that combines independent work, critique-driven classes, and technical study. 

Artists in the program have gone on to study at the nation’s most competitive MFA programs. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from institutions around the world and have produced some of the strongest work in SFAI’s MFA program.

Post-Baccalaureate students are part of the larger graduate community at SFAI—a diverse group of 200 artists sharing space, context, and ideas to expand their individual practices.

Post-Baccalaureate and graduate students at SFAI have unparalleled access to international figures in art and culture through a robust lecture series and exhibition programming in the Walter and McBean Galleries.

Recent guests include: Aziz + Cucher, Anna Chave, John Divola, Isaac Julien, Nina Katchadourian, Lucy Lippard, Kerry James Marshall, Carol Mavor, Jill Magid, Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Allan Sekula, Mickalene Thomas, Andrea Zittel

Curriculum

The curriculum combines a one-on-one mentorship and two small, discussion-based seminars to echo graduate program study, with advanced undergraduate electives to further advance studio investigations. These studio-based courses are complemented by two art history electives—building a critical/historical framework for students’ studio practices.  

Completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate does not guarantee admission to SFAI's MFA in Studio Arts program. Credits taken while a Post-baccalaureate student cannot be applied toward an MFA in Studio degree at SFAI, should you later be accepted into that program.

Semester 1

Title Units
Post-Baccalaureate Seminar 3
Art History (UG or GR) 3
Critical Studies Seminar (UG or GR) 3
Undergraduate Electives 6
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 2

Title Units
Post-Baccalaureate Seminar 3
Art History (UG or GR) 3
Tutorial (UG or GR) 3
Undergraduate Electives 6
Graduate Lecture Series 0
Total 30

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