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
|Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)||Major|
|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.
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Our professors help you find direction for your creativity and personal vision: discover the "why" of your art.
Grow as an artist through faculty feedback and exhibitions of your work in our Bethel galleries and the N.E. Minneapolis art district.
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.
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.
I think some of what I found most meaningful and helpful about being a philosophy major was the ability to think through large scale issues and problems, but also the ability to delve deeply into the details to get a deeper understanding of the issues. The ability to look at things from so many perspectives has been great in a career that requires me to consider so many different stakeholders.Brianna Menning '06
Current job: Associate Program Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative
Before coming to Bethel I was already driven to pursue certain ultimate questions about human existence. For instance, questions about the meaning of life, the nature of the human person, the nature and objectivity of ethics, the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, and so on. When I came to Bethel as a philosophy major I felt like I had found a home. I found a supportive and caring community of people, among both fellow students and the faculty, with whom I could engage in shared philosophical enquiry into questions that are of great significance for human life.David McPherson, Ph.D. '05
Current job: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University
The philosophy department at Bethel exposed me not only to challenging intellectual ideas, but also to new ways of thinking and learning. The experience helped to prepare me for the rigorous academic requirements of both law school and legal practice.Eva Rodelius '10
Current job: Associate Attorney at Carson, Clelland & Schreder
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.
Bethel art graduates work in:
- Art education K-12
- Art history
- Artist or university educators
- Computer graphics and digital design
- Craft art
- Environmental design
- Fashion design
- Fine arts (various media)
- Graphic design
- Interior design
- Museum and gallery
- Product design
- Set and Costume design
- Transportation design
- Video production
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