UC Berkeley Art Practice
Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley

BA and MFA Degrees Overview


We offer two degrees, the Bachelor of Arts for Undergraduate students, and the Master of Fine Arts for Graduate students. Both degrees require completion of a curriculum of courses from Art Practice and also from other Departments.

The Bachelor of Arts degree prepares students for productive careers in the visual arts. While many B.A. holders focus on fine art careers, others use the degree as a solid foundation for developing their creative voices, which they leverage for careers in arts management, education, fashion, game design, graphic design, UI/UX and wherever new ideas are welcome. Tuition can be supported by UC Berkeley’s Financial Aid Office. Students apply to the Bachelor of Arts by gaining admission to UC Berkeley and then declaring an Art Practice major. The declaration requires passing a portfolio review.

The Master of Fine Arts degree prepares students for productive careers in the exhibiting and performance arts. Students enter with a B.A. or a B.F.A. and a deep commitment to their studio practice and to teaching. M.F.A. graduates typically go on to illustrious careers as exhibiting artists and as art professors. The degree program is headed by Prof. Anne Walsh. Tuition for California residents is covered by grants, and individual studios are provided for all M.F.A. students. The application deadline is December 15, 2019. We receive around 150 applications for the 6-7 appointments every year. To apply, please visit the UC Berkeley Graduate Application portal.

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