Fall 2016 Course Listings

There's less than one month left to sign up for classes at BCAA. Classes begin August 25th! All classes can be taken individually as non-accredited, continuing education or for a degree through Bethany College!

New classes by Jon Schindehette, Sterling Hundley, and Mike Bierek plus much more starting this Fall! 

Foundations

AA 100 Sketchbook I
Instructor, Sterling Hundley
Date/Time: Mondays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
As the birthplace of artistic ideas, the sketchbook is where the creative person develops their own unique point of view. In this class, students begin to fine-tune their ability to communicate through their art. The sketchbook class illustrates the importance of personal idea exploration, and provides a safe place to make mistakes and explore content, and, naturally, to practice their skills. This class is geared toward students who wish to have a wide variety of abilities to design, compose, and create from life, reference, and imagination. 

AA 113 Figure Drawing I
Instructor, John English
Date/Time: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
This fundamental lesson on the subject of figure drawing first emphasizes focusing on the figure in its entirety, then manipulating the shapes and values in a fashion that demonstrates the forms as a portion of an entire composition. Gesture, weight, tension, visual proportion, calculation, contour, shadow, and focal points will be studied thoroughly. During the course students will have the chance to observe demos, presentations by the instructor and visiting artists, and one-on-one critiques from the instructor in real time. All content is recorded and available on demand.

AA 210 Composition and Color Theory
Instructor, Mike Bierek
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
Composition & Color Theory challenges artists to develop pictures that conjure emotion. By observing and analyzing the masters in this arena, artists will learn to acknowledge and recognize styles and approaches used to direct artistic form. The Role of Composition, Abstraction & Feeling, Conformity, Allegory, Balance, Dominance, Massing, Influence, Contrast, Continuity, Rhythm & Pattern and Transition & Counterchange.

AA 213 Figure Drawing II Constructive Figure
Instructor, George Cwirko Godycki
Date/Time: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
Figure Drawing II explores life drawing beyond the scope of Figure Drawing I, demonstrating tools and trade practices dating back as late as the 14th century. Studying and acquiring these skills enables artists to avoid hindering dependence on references such as models and photographs for authentic and compelling pose development for illustrations. This course merges a multitude of figure drawing toolsets to develop more compelling and dynamic figure drawings. Repetitive practice is the backbone of Figure Drawing II and ultimately allows artist to enhance their mind’s eye.

AA 200 Visual Narrative
Instructor, Francis Livingston
Date/Time: Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
The development of visual narrative demands artistry, competence, and dexterity to create compelling characters and develop events. Coherent, comprehensible, and emotionally-driven images will breath life into a story. Students will study, adopt, and apply these practices construct complex characters and plots. The Visual Narrative course will also highlight the contrast between a number of media types including Illustrated novels, comic books, graphic novels, and storyboards. The foundations of visual storytelling will be consistently underlined as a critical discipline to examine, practice and apply.

AA 125 Media
Instructor, Sue Rother
Date/Time: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
Encompassing a variety of creative mediums, Media I highlights the use graphite, charcoal, oil, watercolor, and pen & ink. This course embraces the development of versatile and applicable skill sets that can be applied to a variety of usages. During this class, techniques with both wet and dry media are studied and acquired.

AA 204 Digital & Traditional Painting
Instructor, Jon Foster
Date/Time: Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
From this course, students will gain an understanding of advanced color. This in-depth course features informative presentations and live demonstrations by accomplished artists. Throughout this course, students will gain a better understanding of a variety of digital media with a focus on using the commonly used professional tools of the industry including Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. Additional tools like Alchemy, and Z-Brush will also be introduced. The course prepares digital painters with a full range of experiences necessary to support students and advance their abilities. Students will view demonstrations, presentations and receive individualized feedback on their work. Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to identify the important characteristics their own work enabling them to strengthen their ability to create cohesive, unified images with digital media. This course cultivates the artist's ability to create artwork with improved production times.

Illustration

AA 340 Illustration Industry
Instructor, Terry Brown (Contributors)
Date/Time: Fridays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
This hands-on course lifts the veil on the illustration industry. Students will fine-tune and strengthen their skills, unique perspective, creative speech, aesthetics and application of visual arts. Not only will this course explore the intricacies of the illustration industry, it will also introduce students to career opportunities, encouraging and mentoring them to constructing a portfolio appropriate for today’s fast-paced industry. During the semester students will learn from a number of today’s most successful illustrators. Each speaker will in some fashion match the goals and aspirations of an attending student. Students will receive one-on-one guidance from some of the top professionals in the industry. The course is intended to acclimate students to current industry standards and provide young artists with the competency and skills to develop and present an impressive portfolio to the industry.

Get your portfolio reviewed and learn from the top artists and art directors in the industry.

Join our Illustration Industry class to access top talent in the business every week! Previous guests include: Dan LuVisi, Victo Ngai, Edward Kinsella, Bill Sienkiewicz,  Dan Dos Santos, Jeff Love, Mark English, George Pratt, John Mueller, Karla Ortiz, Jama Jurabaev, David Kassan, Dan Milligan, and many more! You can access these classes live on Fridays via our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

AA 364 Portfolio IIA
Instructor, Jon Foster
Date/Time: Mondays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
Similar to our series of portfolio classes, this course guides artists through the complicated task of improving their skills, unique approach, perspective, and abilities. These personal tools are advanced through immersive and intense illustration projects. During the course of the semester students will receive one-on-one guidance, critiques, and mentorship from leading professionals in the fine arts, commercial, and editorial illustration industry. This portfolio course is intended to align students’ goals, practice, and focus with careers they plan to pursue in the art industry. The course consists of an industry-standard exit portfolio.

AA 320 Figure Painting I
Instructor, Francis Livingston
Date/Time: Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
Figure Painting I is an introduction to methodology and the fundamental principles of painting the figure. The course focuses on the realistic representation of the human form in paint. Emphasis is placed on developing compositional skills, use of color and sensitivity with the materials. The figure will be portrayed both nude and clothed.  

Entertainment & Game Arts:

AA 355 Portfolio IIA
Instructor, Jon Schindehette   
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
Similar to our series of portfolio classes, this course guides artists through the complicated task of improving their skills, unique approach, perspective, and abilities. These personal tools are advanced through immersive and intense illustration projects. During the course of the semester students will receive one-on-one guidance, critiques, and mentorship from leading professionals in the fine arts, commercial, and editorial illustration industry. This portfolio course is intended to align students’ goals, practice, and focus with careers they plan to pursue in the art industry. The course consists of an industry-standard exit portfolio.

AA 390 Principles of Animation
Instructor, Sam Hood  
Date/Time: Sundays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central
Cost: $545/Credit Hour, 3 Credit Hours
Character believability is arguably one of the most crucial elements to telling a good story. This animation course delves into the art of developing and animating authentic characters. Throughout the semester, students will learn the foundations of animation, allowing them the ability to animate a compelling narrative and convincing character interaction.


About BC Applied Arts

Bethany College Applied Arts (BCAA) is an online Bachelor of Arts program where the artists who are redefining our industry are redefining arts education to make it more affordable, accessible and applicable to a real world career. While all of our courses can be taken for college credits, all of our classes can also be taken as non-accredited, continuing education courses for non-degree seeking students who wish to take a single course. 

BCAA's online platform creates a global community fused with unmatched industry information, diversity, and insight. BCAA is designed to deliver a phenomenal learning experience to artists anywhere in the world. Artists may still enroll for fall semester classes, so sign up while you still can. The first day of classes start Aug. 25, 2016. The add/drop period ends Sept. 1 at 5 pm.