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Post-Bac student work: Elaine K. Ng
Post-Bac student work: Elaine K. Ng

Post-Bac Option

Our Post-Baccalaureate Option is for artists who have finished their undergraduate degree and would like additional time and space to develop work while immersed in a dynamic community of artists. During their time at CU, post-bac students develop lasting professional relationships with their peers and faculty, relationships that often continue to influence their work as artists throughout their professional careers.

In most cases, we provide shared studio space and access to professors in the area of study allowing students to decide how they would like to structure their time at CU-Boulder. Normally, post-bac students join studio classes with advanced undergraduates in IMAP (photo, video, digital, and integrated art), Ceramics, Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice, Printmaking, Painting and Drawing and have the opportunity to develop independent projects. Regular critiques, one-on-one conversations with faculty and students, guidance on professional careers in the arts, and providing the time and space to develop a cohesive body of work before moving on to the next phase of one’s career are features of the program. Students may participate in the Post-Baccalaureate Option for one or two semesters.

Application Guidelines
Please submit the following materials to Slideroom by April 15 for the following Fall and November 15 for the following Spring:

• an artist statement (no more than 2 pages)
• a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages)
• a statement of purpose about why you would like to participate in the Post-Baccalaureate Option (no more than 2 pages)
• a list of three recommenders with their contact information, including email addesses (no letters)
• 10-20 images

SlideRoom (except Film/Video): go to (Flash 9 is required to run this program) which is an online system that accepts images and short videos. Images must be saved as .jpg, .png or .gif, up to 2MB each. The optimal image size for good image quality and fast upload is a maximum of 1280 x 1280 pixels @ 72 dpi. Videos must be in the .flv, .mov or .wmv format, under 20MB each. For technical assistance, contact There is a $10 fee that must be paid to SlideRoom in order to complete the application submission.

For prospective Post-Bac students interested in working in video and film, please send a DVD that includes a complete sample work and 3-5 additional one-minute clips to:
     IMAP-Area Coordinator (Post-Bac Option)
     Department of Art and Art History
     University of Colorado-Boulder
     UCB 318
     Boulder, CO 80309

For more information about how the Post-Bac Option works in each of the areas of the Department of Art and Art History, please send an email to the Area Coordinator:

Ceramics: Prof. Scott Chamberlin
IMAP: Prof. Luis Valdovino
Painting and Drawing: Prof. Alvin Gregorio
Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice: Prof. Richard Saxton

Registration happens with the permission of the instructor at the beginning of the semester.