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.
Aside from giving me an extraordinary background in the Bible, Christian history, and theology, the BTS major allowed me to develop skills in close reading, research, and writing that continue to serve me well after graduation.Sara Misgen '13
Grad school: Yale Divinity School (Accelerated Masters Program)
I made several significant connections with professors in the counseling psychology program and am thankful for their investment in my career. The program provided an excellent foundation for my current role as a career counselor.Nicole Centanni '09
Current job: Career Counselor at Bethel University, Retreat Facilitator at The Urban Retreat
Studying Political Science at Bethel greatly influenced my direction and experience now in ministry with the homeless and addicted populations in the Twin Cities. I have gained a more keen eye for the ways power can be used and abused!David Morrow '04
Current job: Director of Chaplains at Union Gospel Mission
My time in Bethel's Biblical and Theological Studies Department was intellectually stimulating and spiritually formative. It ignited me to pursue a career in Biblical Studies. On account of Bethel's incredible professors and in depth course offerings, I entered graduate school with a major advantage. I also learned by example how to be a Christian scholar and use my mind in service of the Church.Tucker Ferda '07
Grad school: University of Pittsburgh Divinity School
Being able to focus on the big picture, while still knowing how the small details relate to that big picture, is a huge advantage in business, and something that studies in history can train one to do.Brandon Raatikka '03
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I am so thankful to be a part of Bethel's nursing program. The program is preparing me to take my nursing career to a more comprehensive professional level, pushing me to drive best practices through research and leadership.Heather Jensen '15
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.Elise Valley '10
Current job: Pre-K Through Grade 12 Art Teacher, Legacy Christian Academy
My experience was great preparation for living abroad after graduation. I learned the value of cultural exchange and the importance of examining my own privilege as I interact with people of different backgrounds.Benjamin Umhoefer '13
Current job: 2nd grade teacher, Escuela Bilingue Amigos de Jesus
This has been an intense and challenging program, but I'm learning to never underestimate how following God's path for you can bring such peace.Rebecca Smith '16
Bethel's Leadership in Higher Education doctoral program equipped me to navigate the complex and changing landscape of higher education. The program content, the instructors, and my colleagues were all instrumental in expanding my professional capabilities.Bill Paxton '14
Current job: Director of MBA program at Bethel University
The intimate size of the department creates a close-knit community where students are led to grow and are challenged to become the best versions of themselves.Wes Mouri '12
Current job: Actor with the Guthrie Theater and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
This was an incredible, global educational experience. I was thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate online with peers across the world and I wouldn't trade this experience for any traditional learning program.Evan Howard '15
Current job: Teaching Fellow - Athens College
For me, journalism meant becoming a reporter, but God brought me into ministry. I quickly learned that good writing transcends vocation. Creative storytelling is key anywhere. Studying journalism helped me find my voice and bring good writing to any calling.Monique Kleinhuizen '08
Current job: Communications Strategist at Bethel University
Bethel's Business Management program is challenging yet rewarding. What I learn at Bethel readily applies to both my professional and personal life and will provide skills to help me succeed.Paul Olsen '16
My experience at Bethel University was an enjoyable and challenging one. The program and professors at Bethel gave me a broader view of nursing and helped prepare me for a better career. I'm forever grateful for the training I received.Manny Smith '13
Current job: Nurse Manager
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