Art and Design is about more than expression. It’s about searching for meaning.

The Department of Art and Design inspires students to shape the world through objects and visual communication. Here, we’ll challenge you to hone technical skills and grow in your creativity in deeply meaningful ways.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Art Major Minor
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Major
Graphic Design Major Minor
Visual Arts Education K-12 Major

Combining Creativity with Technical Skills

The Art and Design Department offers majors that will help you shape the world through a variety of media, methods, and visual communications. You'll hone your technical skills while pursuing your creative calling. Formal and informal discussions and interactions with professional artists on the faculty and visiting artists in the gallery exhibition program will help you explore where you want your art to go. Through your courses, you'll discover a variety of art forms, concepts, and processes.

150+
students taking classes in the art department

9
exhibits each year featured in our 2 on-campus galleries

Program Highlights

Mentoring

Our professors help you find direction for your creativity and personal vision: discover the "why" of your art.

Skill development

Grow as an artist through faculty feedback and exhibitions of your work in our Bethel galleries and the N.E. Minneapolis art district.

Career preparation

A Professional Practices course provides skills in networking, writing grant proposals, creating personal websites, and more to prepare for success in the arts-rich Minneapolis/St. Paul community.

Faculty collaboration

You'll be able to work with faculty on collaborative projects such as installations, research, publications, and grants giving you practical experience that will be valuable far beyond college.

Exploration of disciplines

Encounter the specialties of art history, contemporary studio practice, art education, and gallery curation.

What can I do with an art major?

Art students at Bethel are creative and visual thinkers, hands-on learners, and imaginative makers. Their broad range of skills prepare them for creative and engaging career fields like computer arts and animation, photography, advertising, environmental design, or film.

Careers

Bethel art graduates work in:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art education K-12
  • Art history
  • Artist or university educators
  • Computer graphics and digital design
  • Craft art
  • Environmental design
  • Fashion design
  • Film
  • Fine arts (various media)
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Interior design
  • Museum and gallery
  • Photography
  • Product design
  • Set and Costume design
  • Transportation design
  • Video production

Graduate Schools

Graduate schools our alumni have attended:

  • Yale University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Cranbrook Art Academy
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Hunter College, NYC
  • University of Minnesota
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Academy of Fine Art, Vienna
  • Goldsmith School of Visual Arts, London
  • School of Visual Arts, NYC
  • CalArts, LA