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Use your art and design skills to express yourself—and discover a greater purpose.

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

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FEB 6 2019

"Panic! at the Studio" Senior Art & Design Student Exhibition

8 a.m. Johnson Gallery

Bethel University's graduating art and design students exhibit their capstone work in "Panic! At the Studio." The two group shows present a range of themes and ideas rendered in design, drawing, painting and video.

FEB 6 2019

Senior Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception #1

4 p.m. Johnson Gallery

Bethel Art & Design graduating seniors, Alyssa Norby, Anna Hultgren, Grace Skaggs, Lizzy Hankerson and Megan Olson will open their group exhibition with a reception.

FEB 7 2019

Flatlander - Belonging to the Land

5 p.m. Olson Gallery

Featuring prints and an installation by John Hitchcock, this exhibition explores the intersection between cultures through the land, language, and the visual symbols of the Great Plains-the epicenter for Plains tribal culture.

FEB 7 2019

Artist Talk and Opening Reception: John Hitchcock

6 p.m. Eastlund Room

Join artist John Hitchcock as he discusses his body of work, "Flatlander -- Belonging to the Land."

Combining Creativity with Technical Skills

The Department of Art and Design offers majors in art, fine art, graphic design, and art education to help you shape the world through the media, method, and visual communication of your choosing. Here, you'll hone your technical skills—discovering a variety of art forms, concepts, and processes that equip you to pursue your creative calling. Formal and informal discussions and interactions with our faculty of professional artists and with visiting artists will help you explore what you can accomplish with your art.

Students work in the graphic design lab at Bethel University

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external exhibitions by students or recent graduates since 2014

Honors awarded to our alums include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Bush and McKnight Foundation Fellowships, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.

Program Highlights

Mentoring

You'll receive instruction from professional artists every day. Our professors are all experienced artists and teachers who actively pursue both crafts. They will help you find direction for your creativity and personal vision and discover the "why" of your art.

Real-world experience

Grow as an artist through faculty feedback and collaboration on projects such as installations, research, publications, and grants. You'll also have the opportunity to exhibit your work in our Bethel galleries and in the Minneapolis art district. 

Career preparation

Our courses provide skills in networking, writing grant proposals, creating personal websites and portfolios, and more to prepare students for success. Our courses have directly contributed to students participating in exhibitions, receiving large grants, earning national art and design awards and, ultimately, launching their careers as professional artists.

Exploration of disciplines

Encounter the specialties of art history, graphic design, photography, contemporary studio practice, art education, and gallery curation. You'll choose from multiple studio courses to that help you broaden your artistic skill.

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 prepares them for success as studio artists, graphic designers, and/or art educators. Bethel artists also pursue a wide range of other creative and engaging careers—like computer arts and animation, photography, advertising, environmental design, and 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

Art and Design Features

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