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, three-dimensional 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.



Barb Thorsen • LEA Hall 304 • 701-224-5601 •

Associate in Art

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits62-66
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
ART 130 Drawing I (Required) 3
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
ENGL 120 College Composition II 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Math, Science & Technology  
CHEM 114 Chemistry in Art (Recommended/Spring only) 3
CHEM 114L Chemistry in Art Lab (Recommended/Spring only) 1
MATH 103 College Algebra (or higher, except MATH 137) 3-4
ART 122 Two-Dimensional Design (Required) 3
Select three of the following: 8-9
Introduction to the Visual Arts  
Three-Dimensional Design (Spring only)  
Drawing II (Spring only)  
Ceramics I  
Sculpture I  
Music Appreciation  
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
ART 210 Art History I (Recommended/Fall only) 3
ART 211 Art History II (Recommended/Spring only) 3
Electives 2  
Select five of the following: 14-15
Painting I  
Painting II  
Figure Drawing I  
Ceramics II (Spring only)  
Sculpture II (Spring only)  
Printmaking I (Spring only)  
Math, Science & Technology  
(Needed if the 9 credits for the Math, Science & Technology have not been met.)  
General Education Matrix (Math, Science & Technology course) 1-2
Social & Behavioral Sciences 1  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science Elective course) 3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science Elective course) 3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science Elective course) 3
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
 Total Credits62-66
Recommended Electives and Enrichment options
ART 204Jewelry I2
ART 205Jewelry II2
THEA 110Introduction to Theatre Arts3
THEA 247Stage Makeup3
THEA 270Stagecraft3

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements