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.
Obtaining my Master of Arts in Gerontology at Bethel significantly improved work opportunities for me within the health care system. Many more doors opened and I am currently working at a job that I love.Elise Lucey '11
Current job: Manager of Patient Relations at Metro Hospital
My graduate school experience has positioned me with a consulting career that is both strategic and futuristic. Every day I help senior care organizations navigate through health care reform. It's challenging but incredibly rewarding work.Kristine Betz '12
Current job: Consultant
I am a dementia care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center. My education and master's degree from Bethel helped prepare me for this position.Lisa Wells '13
Current job: Dementia Care Specialist
Besides the personal reward of earning a M.A. degree, the time of personal exploration and challenge were benefits I hadn't anticipated. This growth added to my insights and capabilities as a care manager, allowing me to better serve my clients.Deborah Dolan '07
Current job: Geriatric Care Manager
My gerontology education has carried me far in 5 short years. From successful aging wellness to elder fraud prevention, the needs are great. There is plenty of room for creative and innovative solutions.Helen Rickman '09
Current job: 1st Judicial District Colorado Elder Fraud Prevention Unit
Bethel's graduate degree in gerontology broadened my academic foundation and prepared me to better serve the aging community in the Twin Cities area.Nancy Schwartz '11
Current job: Financial Advisor
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