Art Courses

This is a listing of Art (ARTS) classes available at Bethany. Not all courses are available every semester. Please contact the registrar with any questions. You may also be looking for our Media Arts (MART) courses, our Art History Minor, Studio Art Major, or the Media Arts Department or Studio Arts Department.

There are 28 courses in this subject. View other subjects or view all courses.

CodeCourse Title / Description
ARTS101Introduction to Art 3 credits
Introductory study of the techniques, philosophy, history, and vocabulary of the visual arts. Lecture and hands-on studio exercises contributing to the development of skills in creative thinking, visual communication, and technique. Not intended for art majors.
ARTS1022D Foundations 3 credits
Introductory course that explores the elements and principles of design along with fundamental art theory, practice and application using a variety of artistic media. Emphasis will be placed on discovering creative solutions to visual problems.
ARTS105Art History I Prehistory to the Gothic Period 3 credits
Survey of the visual arts in Western Civilization from pre-history to the Renaissance.
ARTS106Art History II Renaissance to Realism 3 credits
Survey of the visual arts in Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Realism.
ARTS107Art History III Modernism 3 credits
Survey of the visual arts in Western Civilization from Impressionism to contemporary art.
ARTS110Drawing 3 credits
An introduction to the methods and materials used in traditional drawing. Emphasis on perception, accuracy, and expression.
ARTS114Painting I: Watercolor and Ink 3 credits
Watercolor Painting. Students will learn historical European watercolor and Asian ink painting methods. Subject matter includes still life, animals, landscape, portraiture, and architecture. Prerequisite: ARTS110 - Drawing or consent of instructor.
ARTS116Sculpture I 3 credits
Introduction to traditional sculpture techniques. Students will learn to observe, represent, and interpret 3-Dimensional forms using wire, clay, and plaster. Products include figurative sculptures, portrait bust, and reliefs.
ARTS2023D Foundations 3 credits
A project-based introduction to basic 3-Dimensional design and construction processes. Iterative design processes will guide students to personalized approaches in creative problem solving.
ARTS211Life Drawing I 3 credits
The systematic, academic study of human anatomy and the depiction of the human figure in western art. Working from anatomy texts, the study of the old masters, and direct observation, students will refine their drawing technique using a variety of media. Emphasis given to direct observation and the accurate depiction of the figure in space.
ARTS214Painting II: Still Life 3 credits
Still Life Painting. Students learn painting strategies for representing and interpreting form using oil paint. Emphasis on observation, proportion, composition, and color theory. Historical and contemporary methods will be used to guide students toward a personalized visual vocabulary. Prerequisite: ARTS110 - Drawing or consent of instructor.
ARTS216Sculpture II: Casting 3 credits
Casting Sculptures. Students will produce several sculptures and learn historical and contemporary mold making techniques useful for casting duplicates in plaster, clay, wax, and metal. Prerequisite: ARTS116 - Sculpture I.
ARTS240Masterpieces of the Western Tradition 3 credits
Travel to Europe. Students study the major works of art and architecture from the Western Tradition. The specific location and course design will be set each year the course is offered.
ARTS290Professional Practices Seminar 1 credit
This is a one-credit seminar hosted each week by a resident faculty member or visiting creative professional. The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with the professional practices and expectations in their chosen discipline within a broader range of creative and media industries. Topics will include graduate study, the life of the free-lance worker, and careers in web development, motion graphics, animation, film and video production, editing, illustration, photography, sculpture, etc.
ARTS311Life Drawing II 3 credits
Continued study of the human form; drawing from life using a variety of mediums. Prerequisite: ARTS211 - Life Drawing I.
ARTS312Digital Illustration/Concept Art I 3 credits
Introduction to commercial illustration and concept art utilizing an exclusively digital toolset. Topics include effective visual communication, the creative process, and the development of a distinctive artistic style.
ARTS314Painting III: Figure Painting 3 credits
Figure Painting. Students learn strategies for representing the human figure, portraits, and figure groupings using a variety of paint media. Historical and contemporary painting methods accompanied by anatomical studies will guide students toward a personalized visual vocabulary. Prerequisite: ARTS110 - Drawing, or ARTS211 - Life Drawing I, or consent of instructor.
ARTS316Sculpture III: Carving 3 credits
Carving Sculptures. Students learn historical and contemporary tools and techniques for subtractive sculpture in plaster, wood, and stone. Prerequisite: ARTS116 - Sculpture I.
ARTS324Painting IV: Landscape 3 credits
Landscape Painting. Students learn strategies associated with representing landscape, architecture, and interiors using a variety of paint media. Historical and contemporary painting methods will guide students toward a personalized visual vocabulary. Outdoor painting sessions will be planned as weather allows. Prerequisite: ARTS110 - Drawing or consent of instructor.
ARTS340Masterpieces of the Western Tradition II 3 credits
Travel to Europe. Students study the major works of art and architecture from the Western Tradition. The specific location and course design will be set each year the course is offered.
ARTS412Digital Illustration/Concept Art II 3 credits
Continued refinement of a consistent, recognizable illustrative and creative style. Emphasis placed on conceptual development and the creation of a consistently professional portfolio. Prerequisite: ARTS312 - Digital Illustration/Concept Art I.
ARTS416Sculpture IV 3 credits
Continuation of development of individual work with emphasis on developing a body of work that is ready for exhibition. Prerequisite: ARTS316 - Sculpture III: Carving.
ARTS424Painting VI 3 credits
Continuation of Painting V. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
ARTS452Contemporary Issues in Art 3 credits
An art history seminar course that focuses on current issues in the art world from the past 10-15 years. Students will research, present and discuss what is happening in today's art world and visit galleries in the Twin Cities, Chicago or New York.
ARTS480Topics in Studio Arts 3 credits
The examination of unique topics in visual art, determined by emerging technology/media, instructor expertise, and special student interest.
ARTS494Portfolio/Senior Project 3 credits
Taken in the senior year, in the semester prior to the semester of graduation, this course is the capstone for the Bethany studio art program. Integrates theory and methods from all previous studio coursework in the production of a major body of work or project with emphasis on portfolio production, self-promotion, and consistency across media. Leads directly into ARTS495 - Senior Exhibition Senior Exhibition.
ARTS495Senior Exhibition 2 credits
This course is to prepare the artist to present and display artwork. A resume and online portfolio must be completed. An exhibition will be scheduled and all aspects of the event will be planned by the student. A gallery talk by the artist will be presented to the college community.
ARTS499Art Internship 3 credits
Art-related field experience with an approved agency fulfilling an individual learning contract negotiated between student, faculty advisor, and worksite. Studio art majors only, by permission.

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