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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 – updated 11/12/2017

Deadline for the fall semester post-bac: April 15th
Deadline for the spring semester post-bac: November 15th

Please submit the following materials as a single page PDF file to

• 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 or links to external content (video, website, etc.)

Email the PDF file to with the title “Post-Bac Application_Area Name (ceramics, painting, IMAP, sculpture or printmaking)” in the subject line. If you need help with your application or have questions about the portfolio please contact the graduate program coordinator at 303-492-2419 or email

How do I create a single-PDF? 
If you do not have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro, you can create a single page PDF by exporting your Microsoft Word file instead. Simply assemble your content in Word then click on File > Save As. Then in the “Format” drop-down menu select “PDF”. You can also use this same process with Microsoft PowerPoint. If you email more than one file you will be asked to correct your materials before they can be reviewed.

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. Françoise Duressé-Stimilli
Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice: Prof. Yumi Roth

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