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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course. After completing ART 31, you will be able to create, enjoy, understand, and appreciate art much better than you do now. You will find these skills to be valuable throughout your life.

Learning Outcomes

There are four areas that you should master during this course:

  1. Define the vocabulary used in the visual arts.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in several different art media.
  3. Explain why an art work is successful or historically important.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of several different art periods, important artists, and their influence on later art.

Course Materials

This course's text contains all of the information you'll need for your quizzes. You may find it helpful to search the internet for high-resolution images of the works of art shown in the lessons. You'll also need some art materials:

Art Materials

Art materials can be expensive. Try to use what you already have on hand, rather than buying everything new.

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You will complete a total of six units. You will answer Self Check questions (ungraded) to see how well you’re remembering the discussion material, complete instructor-graded portfolio assignments, and complete computer-graded unit quizzes.

Portfolio assignments should be kept in a safe place until you are ready to submit them. After units 3 and 6 you will find a Portfolio Submission section that contains checklists of the items that you are required to submit. All assignments on the checklist must be turned in together. An incomplete portfolio may result in a failing grade.

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The final exam covers the material you’ve learned in units 1 through 6. This exam will consist of 50 questions, most of which will be taken from the six unit quizzes.

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Your final grade for this course will be determined by the following percentages:

Assignment % of Final Grade
Unit 1 Quiz 5%
Unit 2 Quiz 5%
Unit 3 Quiz 5%
Portfolio Submission 1 20%
Unit 4 Quiz 5%
Unit 5 Quiz 5%
Unit 6 Quiz 5%
Portfolio Submission 2 20%
Final Exam 30%

As you can see, the portfolio assignments are worth a substantial portion of your grade, so make sure you do your best work for them.

Grading Scale
A 100–94%
A− 93–90%
B+ 89–87%
B 86–84%
B− 83–80%
C+ 79–77%
C 76–74%
C− 73–70%
D+ 69–67%
D 66–64%
D− 63–60%
E (fail) 59–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 6 computer-graded assignments and 2 portfolios, may be resubmitted once for a fee; portfolios must be mailed to instructor.

Portfolio Assignments. Portfolio assignments must be mailed to BYU Independent Study and must include the submission coversheet (provided in the Portfolio Submission sections). The mailing address is as follows:

BYU Independent Study
120 Morris Center (MORC)
Provo, UT 84602-0300

You cannot fax your portfolio. Your instructor needs your portfolio in hard-copy format for it to be graded properly.

NOTE: BYU Independent Study is not responsible for items damaged in the mail.


Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.

Getting Help

Contact Independent Study here

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.

As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  • You will fail the lesson and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the lesson (or)
  • You will fail the lesson and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the lesson

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  • You will fail the lesson and fail the class (or)
  • You will fail the lesson, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.