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The Bachelor of Arts in Art is for students who want 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 from an art faculty of established professionals such as Bethel’s Department of Art and Design offers.

What can I do with this degree?

  • Professional artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Art or art history teacher
  • Potter or jeweler
  • Work in an art gallery or museum

We’ve recently heard from graduates working as:

  • Creative Design Specialist at 7MEDIA
  • Creative Assets & Archives division of Marketing at Target
  • Generalist at Minnesota Center for Book Arts
  • Set designer in the Guthrie Theater

Alumni have continued on to graduate schools including:

  • Art therapy and counseling at Prescott College, AZ
  • Hunter College, NY
  • School of the Art Institute, Chicago
  • School of the Visual Arts, NY
  • Goldsmiths University of London

Our alumni teach at:

  • Tulane University, New Orleans
  • Minneapolis College of Art & Design
  • Augsburg College
  • University of Minnesota
  • Greenville College, Illinois

What skills will I develop?

  • Hands-on skills in all traditional mediums, as well as in contemporary media such as video and digital
  • The physical and conceptual aspects of making art in 2 and 3 dimensions
  • Ideas through conversations with artists and the study of artists and movements
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and critique art
  • A personal style and vision for your artwork

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Teaching assistant in the department’s studios or galleries
  • Studio visits, conversations, and critique, from regional and national artists who present in our galleries and courses
  • Access 7 days a week to well-equipped studios
  • The opportunity to exhibit work in the annual all-student exhibition, student-curated exhibitions during J-term, and the two senior exhibitions
  • Study abroad in countries such as Italy, Germany, England, and Ireland

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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