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Department of

Art And Visual Culture


Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificate

Iowa State’s Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificate program in Integrated Studio Arts (ISA) prepares students for either graduate study or career advancements by providing a focused environment for advancing your aesthetic, technical, creative and conceptual skills. While a bachelor’s degree in visual arts is not required, a strong portfolio of artwork and a written statement of purpose are required for admission. 


As a post-baccalaureate student, you will work with a faculty adviser to create a tailored 25-credit program of study including:

  • 15 credits of 300/400-level Integrated Studio (ART IS) courses
  • Six (6) credits of 300/400/500-level art history courses
  • Three-credit elective selected from a list of options
  • One-credit capstone exhibition course

For the capstone experience, you will be expected to produce an artist’s statement and a written assessment of your learning that will be reviewed, along with your art, by the arts faculty.

This 25-credit certificate program must be completed in two (2) years. Students interested in developing a body of work for admission to graduate school or for professional practice will be ideal candidates.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, please submit the following materials.

  1. Digital portfolio in PowerPoint format:
    — Twenty (20) images of recent work with no more than four (4) of the 20 images being details
    — Descriptions on each PPT image slide need to include title, date, size and medium
  2. One-page statement of intent and reasons for further study
  3. Current resume
  4. Name and contact information of three (3) references

Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall admission are due by 5 p.m. on March 20. Applications for Spring admission are due by 5 p.m. on November 1. Submit applications to:

Dr. Sarah R. Kyle, Professor and Chair
Department of Art and Visual Culture
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Contact Dr. Sarah R. Kyle, Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Visual Culture