Fine Arts Community School (FACS)

Everything Is An Art

Dedicated to providing quality fine arts instruction to the community since 1993, BU’s Fine Arts Community School (FACS) is a community service outreach program that enables local families and students of all ages and interests, including home-schoolers, to explore and study the arts with the guidance of mentors and professionals who have appropriate training and experience. Expanding beyond the arts in recent years, FACS also offers instruction in a variety of other trades and skills to reach an even broader audience of those who enjoy learning and experiencing new interests.

FACS offers classes, lessons, programs, and workshops each semester during the academic year, along with week-long camps during the summer.

FACS Offerings

These offerings are always available

Private Music Lessons

5 for $110 | 10 for $190
Piano, Voice, Violin, Guitar, Harp, etc.

Private Academic Lessons

5 for $110 | 10 for $190
Tutoring in Reading, Writing, etc.

Seasonal FACS Offerings

These offerings are available seasonally

Wheel Thrown Pottery

Instructor: Norma Accord

Learn the basic methods of centering clay, forming cylinders and bowls, adding handles, and finishing pots using decorating and glazing techniques.

6:30-8:30 pm on Mondays

September 12 – October 31

Tuition: $145 (Includes materials)
Ages: 18 & up
Location: Cox Art Building

Introduction to Yoga

Instructor: Melanie Hosier

This is a 6-week course for anyone with has little or no knowledge or experience with yoga. We will cover a brief background of yoga and learn 3 important parts of a yoga class Asana (movements), Pranayama (breath work), and Dhyana (meditation). We will be learning Hatha-style yoga and will include Bible verses and devotion with each class. Students will need to bring a yoga mat, comfortable clothes to move in, and water.

September 13 – October 18

Tuition: $90
Ages: 18 & up
Location: Shott Hall A-B

Drawing Basics Class

Instructor: Sarah Cecil

Students will learn to draw with charcoal, graphite, and colored pencils; how to blend and highlight with different tools; how to distinguish between different paper types and weights, and how to use those papers. Each week, students will be given projects to practice the techniques presented in class, based on their individual age and skill level.

September 13 – October 18
Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Tuition: $85 (Includes supplies)
Ages: 4-18 years

Poetry and the Psalms

Instructor: Rebecca Goins

As students study the Psalms paired with other poetry selections, they will craft their own poems in this course. We will study Scriptural archetypes in the Psalms, as well as poets including John Donne, William Blake, and Christina Rossetti. After working together through the writing process, students will present an original poem and cultivate a poetry portfolio, as well as participate in a class project that will become a digital booklet compilation of the students’ poetic art pieces.

September 8 – October 27
Time: 3:45-4:45pm

Tuition: $85
Ages: 11-17 years

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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