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Spring 2018 Humanities Expanded Course Descriptions

20 December 2017

View the new Humanities Expanded Course Descriptions for the Spring 2018!

Spring 2018 Humanities course descriptions

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Fall event: Hopeful Encounters, Violent Collisions: Black and Italian Diasporas in the Contact Zone

29 August 2017

Hopeful Encounters, Violent Collisions: Black and Italian Diasporas in the Contact Zone

A series of events taking place in October

at Berkeley City college, UC Berkeley, and the Museum of the African Diaspora

For the full list of events and other information, click on the images below

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Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 — enrollment on-going!

2 June 2017

Enroll now for Summer 2017 @ BCC or Fall 2017 @BCC.

See a full list of available courses and register here.

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Spring 2017 Enrollment Open!

15 December 2016

Take a moment to review our Course offerings for Spring 2017 and enroll now!

You can see some course flyers here.

You can also visit the BCC/Peralta information page for Applying and Enrolling at BCC here.


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Now Enrolling for Fall 2016

3 August 2016


Fall 2016 courses are currently open with many enrollment opportunities. We have full-length semester courses as well as 8-week, short term courses.

Please check out the BCC course schedule for a full list of open courses in:

  • Art (History and Studio)
  • Communication
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Women’s Studies


The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies offers courses across a wide range of fields.


  • For a list of 8-week, short-term courses click here
  • For expanded course descriptions for Humanities courses for Fall 2016, click here.
  • For information specific to the Mural classes, part of the Art Program, click here.
  • For information specific to Humanities 5 (Storytelling in American Culture), part of the Humanities Program, click here.
  • For information specific to the late-start class, Humanities 15 (Popular Culture), part of the Humanities Program, click here.
  • For information specific to Humanities 40 (Religions of the World ), part of the Humanities Program, click here.

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We are pleased to be a community sponsor for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

18 July 2016

Berkeley City College’s Department of Arts and Cultural Studies is pleased to be a community sponsor for the

36th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 21 – August 7, 2016 presented by the Jewish Film Institute.

In particular, we are supporting the following film:


Mo Morris | USA | Documentary

Since she was a girl, Berkeley artist and activist Edythe Boone has aspired “to develop a new color no one has seen in life.” Her unflagging drive and determination are captured in this film’s every frame. Director Mo Morris, subject Edythe Boone and Equal Justice Society’s Legal Director, Allison Elgert in person for the Q&A


This film is part of our Take Action Day program focused on social justice films in the spirit of the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam. For more information, visit

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Artists Arcade: Spring Art Open House, May 18, 2016, from 6 – 8 pm

13 May 2016

Enjoy great art, food, and music! You are invited to Artist Arcade, a two hour installation and celebration of artwork made by BCC students during the Spring semester. Drawings and paintings from 10 courses will be showcased on the 4th floor halls, with tours led by art history students occurring at regular intervals. Berkeley City College is located at 2050 Center Street, in downtown Berkeley, a half block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. We hope to see you there!


Artists Arcade flyer

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Simple Magic: The Art of Remy Charlip and Reclaiming Gay Jewish Ancestry

26 January 2016

BCC Art Instructor, Seth Eisen’s new show:


Click on image to visit the show’s Facebook page


Join us for a performance-lecture about the life and legacy of seminal gay Jewish artist Remy Charlip by performer Seth Eisen and dancer James Graham. This free event, co-hosted by Sha’ar Zahav and co-sponsored Keshet, will include food and refreshments.

A precocious Jewish boy raised in Brooklyn, Charlip was an integral part of the New York avant-garde of the 1950s and 60s, a founding member of The Merce Cunningham Dance Company; stage directing, designing costumes and choreographing for The Living Theater and The Judson Church Dance Theater, winning him two Village Voice Obie awards. Charlip also wrote and illustrated 30+ picture books, receiving three New York Times Best Illustrated Book citations and deemed a National Treasure by the Library of Congress.

Be the first to discover this seminal, gay ancestor in a not-to-be-missed celebration about how gay Jewish lineage is passed on from generation to generation.

Eisen’s interdisciplinary theatre works unearth and elevate the stories of LGBTQ ancestors. Eisen will be joined on stage by James Graham, Izzie award-winning dancer and teacher of Gaga (an Israeli dance form developed by Batsheva Dance Company), and actor, Harry Breaux. This dynamic event is part of Eisen’s upcoming premiere of The Charlip Project, reviving the iconoclastic life and work of Remy Charlip, opening hearts and minds to this queer Jewish original.

The Charlip Project is made possible with generous support from: The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation’s Investing in Artists Grant, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, CA$H, and formative work for The Charlip Project created during an Artist Residency at Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology, Joshua Tree, CA, 2016 and generous individuals. Eye Zen Presents is a House Artist at CounterPulse.

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28 October 2015

in my studio, on my computer Poster

in my studio, on my computer – The Art Exhibition

in my studio, on my computer


This art exhibition is intended to be a portal into the understanding of these artists’ experience as they visualized and captured their artistic concepts. Demonstrated here are drawn images on paper, turned in as a midterm assignment and digital drawings using software, turned in for a final project. The artwork was executed by the students from the Art 46, 2D Visual Design class during Spring Semester 2015.


Art 46 is a combined art and multimedia arts studio class dedicated to the development of fundamental design concepts and techniques partially through creating studio sketches and digital art.

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Courses open for Fall 2015– including Mural Design (Art 133B) and Popular Culture (Human 15)

3 August 2015

The Arts and Cultural Studies Department has many open courses for Fall 2015!

Here’s a list of just some of the courses that are still open for Fall 2015. Enroll here.

  • Mural Design — Art 133B
  • Popular Culture — Humanities 15
  • Beginning Drawing — Art 20
  • History of Western Art — Art 3
  • Jazz, Blues, & Pop Music — Music 15A
  • Religions of the World — Humanities 40
  • Formal Logic — Philosophy 11
  • Comparative Film Genres — Humanities 53
  • Story Telling in American Culture — Humanities 5
  • Introduction to Art History — Art 1
  • Persuasion and Critical Thinking — Communication 5


Many more courses are open as well!

Enroll here or visit Berkeley City College in person at 2050 Center Street in downtown Berkeley.




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