The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art is a one-year, full-time course of study.

The program 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.


1 year | 30 units | 2 semesters


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

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

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

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Conceptual Qualities. Demonstrates a developed conceptual framework of the work and its relationship to historical antecedents and contemporary critical discourse (i.e., clarity of ideas).
  • Formal Qualities. Engages appropriately the materials and tools of the media used to produce the work (i.e., mastery of materials and technique, as well as how effectively the form follows the concept).
  • Presentation. Clearly articulates and presents the ideas behind the work. Produces a cohesive and accomplished visual presentation.
  • Research. Invests an appropriate level of research to develop the work, from both a conceptual and formal perspective (i.e. effectiveness of experimentation and methodology).