Bethel's B.A. in Art is for students seeking an art major with depth combined with a broad liberal arts education. This degree allows students to explore careers requiring visual thinking, creative skills, and problem-solving capabilities.
Why should I study art?
The role of visual images in our culture is enormous. Can you imagine a society with no images? Whether as artistic expressions of spiritual meaning or practical designs for business clients, images serve culture in rich and diverse ways. Who makes all these images? Creatively-trained and visually-gifted people. Your foundation for successful entrance into the many industries that use images is an in-depth study of art and design.
What can I do with this degree?
A studio arts degree is incredibly versatile—made even more so by the structure of Bethel's program, which easily allows for interested students to double major or minor in an additional field. Courses such as Professional Practices are designed to equip students with the practical knowledge to pursue careers that utilize their vast skills and fuel their passion.
In addition to becoming teachers and professional studio artists, our graduates have gone on to work as:
- Graphic designers
- Potters or jewelers
- Art therapists/counselors
- Community arts administrators
- Assistants in art galleries/museums
- Creative marketers at large corporations
- Set designers in the Guthrie Theater
Many alumni have continued on to graduate schools, including:
- Prescott College
- Hunter College
- School of the Art Institute
- School of the Visual Arts
- Goldsmiths University of London
Our alumni teach at:
- Tulane University
- Minneapolis College of Art & Design
- Augsburg College
- University of Minnesota
- Greenville College
What skills will I develop?
- Hands-on skills in all traditional mediums, as well as in contemporary media such as video and digital
- A comprehensive understanding of the physical and conceptual aspects involved in creating two- and three-dimensional art
- The capacity to develop new ideas through conversations with artists and the study of artists and movements
- The ability to analyze, interpret, and critique art
- A personal style and vision for your artwork
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Learn from professional artists
Not only will you be exposed to studio visits, conversations and critique from regional and national artists who present in our galleries and courses—you will learn from professional artists daily. All of Bethel's art instructors are exemplary educators and experienced artists who actively pursue their craft.
Some of of their latest accolades include:
- Kenneth Steinbach was nominated by the international sculpture center as a distinguished educator
- Lex Thompson received a Minnesota State Arts board photography grant for his recent works
- Michelle Westmark Wingard received a significant grant and art show for her work, titled "The Shape of Memory"
Receive personal mentoring
Bethel affords all the advantages of a small department nestled within a booming metropolis. The world-class museums and large arts community of the Twin Cities combined with the personal mentoring and individualized attention given to each student in our department means increased chances for learning, growth, and success.
Access two galleries
Our well-equipped studios are available seven days a week to students, but even more rare is the opportunity to benefit from the two art galleries run by our program. These allow us to showcase more student and professional work, and give students the opportunity to learn about curatorial work and/or work as an intern with Bethel's permanent art collection, which includes:
- Researching the permanent art collection
- Organizing shows to be brought to Bethel's galleries.
There are also many opportunities for students to work as teaching assistants in our galleries and studios.
Display and sell your artwork
We offer both on- and off-campus opportunities for students to exhibit their work. These include:
- The annual all-student exhibition, Raspberry Monday
- Student-curated exhibitions during J-term
- Two senior exhibitions: one on campus, and one in the Minneapolis Art-a-Whirl
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Earn an individualized major
For students interested in art history as a field, there is an individualized major approach combining all art history courses and aesthetics with an in-depth set of courses in another field such as history, literature, or philosophy—plus basic reading knowledge in two languages.
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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.Allison Peller '08
Current job: Curator, First Things Gallery, New York City
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
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.Sarah Lee '12
Current job: Artist, Coordinator at Minnesota Center for Book Arts