City Calls for BART Plaza Sculpture Submissions

Calling all artists: until the end of the month, the city of Berkeley is looking for a sculpture to be featured as part of the renovated Downtown BART plaza. The open call is for an already-made sculpture to be featured in the plaza.

47th Annual UC Berkeley MFA Show

Every spring, the six second-year MFA students show their final works in the newly opened Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Reflections on a vibrant year with our arts and design community

It’s been quite a year—for our country, for UC Berkeley, and for the Arts + Design Initiative.  We have navigated changes in our political landscape and confronted the challenge of maintaining free speech and freedom of assembly.

ARC | Arts + Design Media Fellow (Videos)

Nikki Doung, the ARC | Arts + Design Media Fellow, has created these videos that highlight the creative campus and programs at UC Berkeley. 

The University of California Botanical Garden is home to hundreds of bird’s nests, tucked into plants covering the 34-acre site in Strawberry Canyon.

‘Made at Berkeley’ showcases student arts, design projects on campus

Run by the Berkeley Arts + Design Initiative, “Made at Berkeley” is a campuswide showcase of student works, including visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, environmental design and more. The showcase brings together numerous departments that are individually presenting student projects, often senior theses, under a single banner.

Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA is a collection of thought-provoking lectures organized by faculty from across the Berkeley campus. The 2016-17 program featured topics ranging from new immersive art technologies, cultural critique, the role of the arts in social justice, and other timely offerings.

This spring 2017 semester at UC Berkeley featured an engaging and informative lecture series Thinking Through the Arts and Design at Berkeley: California Counterculturesorganized by Big Ideas Courses and t

Experience the creative accomplishments and original research of Berkeley’s talented students in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Film, Media, and Design.

Welcome to the New Arts + Design Initiative Website

Welcome to the new Arts + Design Initiative Website

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“Well, Berkeley isn’t exactly known for being an artistic university.”