Laguna College of Art + Design


Program Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate in Drawing and Painting at Laguna College of Art + Design is a one-year, 30 unit program designed to prepare the student for professional activities or to progress to an MFA program in studio art. In accordance with Laguna College's aesthetic philosophy, our program focuses on the skills associated with representational drawing and painting. Our program recognizes that not all Bachelor's Degree programs in art offer instruction in these skills; it is the goal of our Post Baccalaureate to address this deficit. The Post Baccalaureate is also intended to give the student time to develop individual content in their studio practice before embarking on a professional career or pursuing the terminal degree in their field. Candidates for the Post Baccalaureate are those who have earned a Bachelor's Degree with some study in studio art and who have begun to define their professional aspirations. Students are admitted on the basis of undergraduate GPA, demonstrated skills, conceptual direction and a willingness to apply new information to their studio work.

Program Goals

Goals for the program include an increase in the technical proficiency of the student, a broader knowledge of historical and contemporary practice in the field of representational art and a more finely honed and sophisticated conceptual basis for independent investigations.Students draw on the resources of Laguna College's focused BFA program in Drawing and Painting to address specific needs in their studio practice. Additionally, the student will take Art History courses devoted to issues in representational art and earn independent study units with graduate faculty to afford an opportunity for individual research.


The Post Baccalaureate program at LCAD is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

For more information, please contact the Graduate Office at 949.497.4984 or Please specify your interest in the Post Baccalaureate program.


Your LCAD application process begins when you submit your FREE online application. To make sure you have all of the help you need for completing the admissions process after you submit your application, we will assign you an LCAD Admissions Counselor. Please keep in mind that you do not have to have all application materials ready to begin the application process. 


While many schools have a “hard” deadline for applications (meaning they won’t accept applications postmarked or received after the deadline), LCAD has a rolling admissions policy, which means that we accept applications until we’ve filled all spots in an incoming class.


Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of drawing and painting using color theory, value, space, line, form, and composition.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in painting still life and landscapes using various traditional mediums while developing their artistic processes and techniques.
  • Depict the human form accurately through drawing and painting in various media.
  • Develop a cohesive body of work to be exhibited in student exhibitions that will serve as professional launching points.