Visual Arts, Postgraduate Certificate | Online (optional) | Harvard University | Cambridge, United States
18 months
6200 USD/year
6200 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.

You may choose any three courses from the Visual Arts certificate course group, using the certificate course search.  

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


30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    6200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9300 USD for the full programme during 18 months.
  • National

    6200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9300 USD for the full programme during 18 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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