Visual Arts

Harvard University

Postgraduate Certificate
18 months
5680 USD/year
5680 USD/year
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Explore and analyze the arts in their contexts through observation, hands-on artistic creative processes, and academic study. Through this Visual Arts graduate certificate at Harvard University, you will learn about history’s great works, mediums, and themes.


This Visual Arts Certificate is offered at Harvard University

Key Learning Outcomes:
  • Insight on essential frameworks and methodologies by which to understand, critique, and appreciate art.
  • Understanding of art in its cultural, political, philosophical, and historical context.
  • Deepened knowledge in focused topic areas, such as art history since World War II, Buddhist and Japanese artistic traditions, religion and the arts, and contemporary Latin American film.
Earning the certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete three certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Programme Structure

The liberal arts graduate certificate in Visual Arts requires three courses.

Courses Include:
  • Exhibiting and Collecting Islamic Art: Toward a Critical History
  • Manet and Modernism: Triumph of an Independent Vision
  • Modern in Spirit: American Art in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
  • Designing the American City: Civic Aspirations and Urban Form
  • Understanding Architecture
  • Inventing and Reinventing the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Cultural Agents: Art Works in the World
  • Buddhism and Japanese Artistic Traditions
  • Nazi Cinema: The Art of Propaganda.

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Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8520 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    5680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8520 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • The average Cost


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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