For more information contact:
Barb Thorsen • LEA Hall 315 • 701-224-5601

Program Description
The task of the visual arts is to bond creativity, experience and problem solving. At BSC, students learn how to create art that communicates ideas, thoughts and feelings. Through study of design elements and principles, students develop understanding of the visual language needed to analyze art and to apply aesthetic knowledge in a cultural context. Non-majors may benefit from visual art courses as self-enrichment. Several classes are structured so students can have continual enrollment as their skills develop.
BSC's program has a three-fold mission:
  • Provide core curriculum for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or use art as a profession and livelihood
  • Provide an environment for students to enjoy art and to develop skills through participation in local, state and national art activities and exhibitions
  • Encourage students to make artistic contributions to their community
Study is offered in three broad categories:
  • Two-dimensional - Painting, drawing, printmaking and two-dimensional design
  • Three-dimensional - Ceramics, sculpture, threedimensional design and jewelry
  • History - Introduction to the visual arts and art history
Potential students should possess the creative desire to express themselves visually and to understand how art and/or a specific art medium tie(s) into his or her interest area. Some previous experience in design, drawing or an art medium is helpful.


Program Requirements
Students who complete the requirements of the suggested curriculum earn an Associate in Arts degree and may transfer as an art major to a four-year institution. Each student is required to prepare a portfolio of his or her best work for presentation to potential employers.
Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC's degree plan where necessary.
Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities
About 63 percent of artists and related workers are self-employed. Many artists work in advertising and related services, publishing, specialized design services, computer system design, and the motion picture and video industry. Competition is keen for both salaried jobs and freelance work. Career possibilities: Studio Artist, Art Historian, Teacher, Art Critic, Art Agent, Illustrator, Medical and Scientific Illustrator, Cartoonist, Curator, Art Therapist, Art Director, Set Director, Set Designer, Gallery Director, Jewelry Designer, Fashion Designer, Industrial Designer, Interior Designer, Computer Artist, Graphic artist, Commercial Artist, Animator, Retail Display Designer.

Additional Information
The Visual Art program reserves the right to retain, exhibit and reproduce any piece of art submitted for course credit.