EDUCATION & TRAINING

Become an empowered learner, innovative designer, creative communicator and global collaborator with By Western Hands. We have developed a multi-tiered curriculum that encourages those with a passion for western design and trains interns in successful pursuits through internship, adult education, and member education programs. We have partnered with Northwest College to develop internships for an art and business curricula 2-year Associate Degree of Applied Science in Technical Studies and a 1-year By Western Hands certificate.

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Train with the Masters

Through the partnership with Northwest College (NWC) and By Western Hands (BWH), this learning experience features a degree internship program. Interns live and work in beautiful Northwest Wyoming being immersed in a design culture influenced by the American West.  The program has a unique historical background that preserves the past and redefines custom-made, functional art.

Internships

Interns and BWH artisan-mentors are matched for on-the-job training. The program will cover the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Industrial or Technology Education Standards. These standards educate, equip, and empower interns as they learn from some of the finest craftsmen in the United States. They will be taught how to use different tools and learn various skill sets necessary to design and create functional art. The internship personalizes artisanal renaissance as it incorporates a customized, flexible, differentiated, and career-ready education. The rugged, expansive landscape of the Wild West comes to life in these environmentally-inspired and artistic expressions.

By Western Hands Internship Curriculum

One Year Intern……………………………………45 hours per semester/90 hours per year/180 per By Western Hands Certificate
NWC Instruction Hours………………………………..90 hours per semester/180 hours per year/360 per By Western Hands Certificate

Semester 1

  • Course
  • BADM 1000 Introduction to Business
  • ART 1120 Design: 3-D
  • BADM-1101, ART-1101, or HMDV-1101 First Year Seminar
  • ENGL-1010 English !: Intro to Comp
  • BADM-2970 Internship/Practicum: Business*
  • Total Credit Hours
  • Credit Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 15

Semester 2

  • Course
  • BADM-1005 Business Math or MATH-1510 Technical Math 1
  • ART-1110 Design 2-D
  • ART-1005 Drawing 1
  • ACCT-1050 Practical Accounting or ACCT-2010 Principles of Accounting
  • BADM-2970 Internship/Practicum: Business*
  • Total Credit Hours
  • Credit Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 15

*Competencies for Internship  may be developed by employer and student with approval and monitoring by BWH staff. Non-Registered Internship work plan or ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards may be used.

Program total = 30 Credit Hours

This non-degree program outline assumes that 30 hours of credit will be applied as Intership/Business Practicum.
The business concentration supports students interested in owning/managing a studio, gallery or art sales business.

Cost for a two-semester BWH certificate:

  • $5,848 in-state tuition/fees/books and supplies
  • $11,788 out-of-state tuition/fees/books and supplies

(Estimates based on Fall 2019 fee schedule)

Supplies for personal projects which may be completed during the internship will vary on cost depending on choice of materials and equipment which may be needed and not supplied by the employer. Assume $500-$1,000 per semester.

Institutional Cost/Staffing: The Internship is done as an independent study, thus an Art or Business faculty would be paid, according to faculty payment policy (approximately $50/credit hour).

Annual awards for selected students enrolled in the BWH Education program to assist with academic and internship costs.

Want more information about the coursework? Visit https://nwc.edu or email the By Western Hands at admin@bywesternhands.org.

By Western Hands – AAS in Technical Studies Curriculum

Two Year Intern……………………………………90 hours per semester/180 hours per year/360 per AAS Degree
NWC Instruction Hours……………………………….180 hours per semester/360 hours per year/720 per AAS Degree

Degree Program Layout by Semester – Associates in Technical Studies Curriculum
Semester 1

  • Course
  • BADM 1000 Introduction to Business
  • ART-1120 Design: 3-D
  • BADM 1101, ART-1101, or HMDV-1101 First Year Seminar
  • ENGL-1010 English !: Intro to Comp
  • BADM-2970 Internship/Practicum: Business*
  • Total Credit Hours
  • Credit Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 15

Semester 2

  • Course
  • BADM-1005 Business Math or MATH-1510 Technical Math 1
  • ART 1110 Design: 2-D
  • ART-1005 Drawing 1
  • ACCT 1050 Practical Accounting or ACCT-2010 Principles of Accounting
  • BADM-2970 Internship/Practicum: Business*
  • Total Credit Hours
  • Credit Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 15

Semester 3

  • Course
  • HIST 1251 Wyoming History or HIST-1221 The US from 1865 or POLS-1000 American and Wyoming Government
  • ART 2465 Art Portfolio
  • BADM-1020 Business Communication or ENGL-2005 Technical Writing
  • BADM-2100 Small Business Practices
  • BADM-2970 Internship/Practicum: Business*
  • Total Credit Hours
  • Credit Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 15

Semester 4

  • Course
  • MGT-2100 Principles of Management
  • ART-2020 Art History 2
  • BADM-1020 Business Communication or ENGL-2005 Technical Writing
  • BADM-2100 Small Business Practices
  • BADM-2970 Internship/Practicum: Business*
  • Total Credit Hours
  • Credit Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 15

WORK PROCESSES SCHEDULE
Western Design Functional Artist

                                                                                                       Approximate Hours
Core Skills + Tools + Machinery Skills                50 (may be able to test out)
Design and Assembly                                                  450
Surface Preparation and Finish                              200
Presentation and Installation                                  100
Supplemental Skills (optional)                                 100
Total                                                                                      800 – 900 hours

*Competencies for Internship I may be developed by employer and student with approval and monitoring by BWH/NWC staff. Non-Registered Internship work plan or ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards may be used.

Program total = 60 Credit Hours

This degree program outline assumes that 12 hours of credit will be applied as Internship/Business Practicum.
The business concentration might be chosen by students who wanted to intern, but are more interested in owning/managing a gallery or art sales business.

Cost for a four semester AAS degree program:

  • $11,696 in-state tuition/fees/books and supplies
  • $23,576 out-of-state tuition/fees/books and supplies

(Estimates based on Fall 2019 fee schedule)

Supplies for personal projects which may be completed during the internship will vary on cost depending on choice of materials and equipment which may be needed and not supplied by the employer. Assume $500-$1,000 per semester.

Institutional Cost/Staffing: The Internship is done as an independent study, thus an Art or Business faculty would be paid, according to faculty payment policy (approximately $50/credit hour).

Scholarships:

As degree-seeking students, scholarships may be awarded through NWC’s Trapper Scholarship Program and BWH. Federal financial aid in form of grants and loans is also available. Housing for interns could also be included in a student aid package for students enrolled in an AAS degree
program.

Featured scholarships include:
Jim and Ginger Dager/By Western Hands Scholarship

Annual awards for selected students enrolled in the BWH Education program to assist with academicand internship costs.

For more information about the coursework? Visit https://nwc.edu or email the By Western Hands at admin@bywesternhands.org.

HOW TO APPLY

Enrollment in our Education Program
is processed by Northwest College

MEET OUR MENTORS

By Western Hands is the home of a unique industry-driven training program born of its legacy artisans and their wealth of knowledge. Workshops at BWH are always open to the public, but specialized coursework and internships, wherein students have the opportunity to apprentice with legacy artisans, is a rare and special opportunity for highly dedicated (including high school, college, and non-traditional) students of craftsmanship and western design.