Laguna College of Art + Design

Post-Baccalaureate Program


Laguna College of Art + Design’s Post-Baccalaureate in Drawing and Painting certificate program was designed with dreamers in mind. Our one-year, 30 unit program will support you in your personal journey toward artistic excellence while preparing you and your portfolio for professional goals and/or advancement to an MFA program in studio art. In accordance with LCAD’s high aesthetic standards, our Post-Baccalaureate program focuses on skills that will allow you to draw and paint representationally. We recognize that very few degree programs offer instruction in these skills; so, it is our goal to address this scarcity.


If you have earned a bachelor’s degree with some studies in studio art and are considering pursuing your dream of becoming a skilled artist, you are our prime Post-Baccalaureate candidate.


Our primary program goals include increasing your technical proficiency, broadening your knowledge of historical and contemporary practice in the field of representational art, and finely tuning a sophisticated conceptual basis for your independent artistic investigations. As a student of our Post-Baccalaureate program, you will draw on the resources of LCAD’s world-class BFA program in Drawing + Painting. Additionally, you will take Art History courses devoted to issues in representational art while earning independent study units with graduate faculty to afford you an opportunity for individualized research.


LCAD’s Post-Baccalaureate program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


For more information, please contact the Graduate Office at 949-376-6000 x308  or Please specify your interest in our Post-Baccalaureate program.


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.


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.



Submit an official final undergraduate transcript.If currently enrolled, official in-progress transcripts may be sent.



Submit two Letters of Recommendation from previous instructors, practicing artists, or college administrators. 



Submit a 500 word Personal Statement. 



You must submit a portfolio of fifteen (15) to twenty (20) works along with an inventory list of works in the order they appear. Include the title, medium, dimensions, and date of completion for each piece. We recommended that you have your works photographed by a professional photographer, or, at the very least, by a competent individual using quality equipment. Poor image resolution, lighting problems, distracting backgrounds, cropped artworks, etc. will adversely affect portfolio presentation and ratings.

Your portfolio ideally will include recent (2-4 years) images of figure, portrait, and/or nature drawings and/or paintings done from direct observation. Still life, room interior, landscape, or narrative figure paintings (including work from imagination in part or whole) are encouraged, especially if representative of your current creative work. 


Your Personal Statement and Portfolio will be uploaded to your online application.

Your recommenders will be contacted via email with an online upload link. They will be responsible for uploading your recommendation.


Official Undergraduate Transcript should be sent to: 



Graduate Admissions

2222 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651


When all application materials have been received your application will be complete and ready for review. You will be notified within three weeks after a decision has been rendered by the Post Baccalaureate Chair, Betty Shelton.


Gainful Employment Post Baccalaureate

Betty Shelton
Program Chair Post Baccalaureate

I obtained my BA and MA degrees in Drawing and Painting, graduating with honors, from California State University at Fullerton. After receiving my MFA degree, I was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Project Award in the College of the Arts at California State University at Long Beach, and I was selected as the University of Texas at San Antonio's Visiting Artist in 1987. I've taught and traveled through out the western states, and Europe.