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.
exhibits each year featured in our 2 on-campus galleries
pieces in Bethel's permanent art collection
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.
Art professors go above and beyond for students open to challenge as they pursue their art careers. Many Bethel alums are still active in the art world and have successful careers. We've developed a growing, active national alumni network.
Current job: Curator, First Things Gallery, New York City
After graduation I interned at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, which turned into a job. I also had the opportunity to show in Vienna, Austria, because of an invitation from a professor.
Current job: Artist, Coordinator at Minnesota Center for Book Arts
The Art Department at Bethel was an incredibly formative place for me. You'll find kind and genuinely caring experts who will propel you forward in your artistic, spiritual, and professional journey and provide a unique, personalized experience.
Current job: Pre-K Through Grade 12 Art Teacher, Legacy Christian Academy
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