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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is for students who want to pursue a career in the studio arts and continue on to graduate school in a specific medium.

Why should I study fine arts?

The role of visual images in our culture is enormous. Can you imagine a society with no images? Graphic designers, advertisers, information designers, web designers, studio artists, art gallery owners, museum curators and art critics are among the many professionals who work with images on a daily basis. Whether as practical designs for business clients, or artistic expressions of spiritual meaning, images serve culture in rich and diverse ways.

Not only are there a thousand uses for images in all forms of media—there exists a wide range of professions and jobs for the creatively trained and visually gifted people who make them.

A B.F.A. will train your mind to consider the various mediums and uses for these images, fuel your creativity, and strengthen your passion.

What can I do with this degree?

The deep investment in studio practice and art history required of the B.F.A. prepares a student’s mind, practice, and portfolio for graduate school and a professional life as a working artist.

Alumni have continued on to graduate schools including:

  • Yale University
  • Cranbrook Art Academy
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Hunter College

In addition to working as professional studio artists, our graduates have careers in:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Fashion design
  • Film and video production
  • Furniture design
  • Liturgical art
  • Product design
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching at the university level
  • Intellectual property law

Our graduates also work in many fine arts roles, including:

  • Co-owner of The Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
  • Director of The Midway Center for Contemporary Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Independent curator in New York City, New York
  • Exhibitors at international museums like the Whitney in New York City, New York and the Essl Museum in Vienna, Austria
  • Exhibitors at national and regional galleries such as: The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, Wisconsin; Altered Aesthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Form + Content Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mystery Science Theater 3000, Los Angeles, California; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery, New York City, New York

What skills will I develop?

  • Grant writing, exhibition proposals, and project applications
  • Building a professional web presence
  • Intermediate and advanced technical skills in the following studio of your choice: drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics
  • Understanding the physical and conceptual aspects of making art in two- and three-dimensions
  • Idea development through conversations with artists and the study of artists and movements
  • The ability to analyze, interpret, and critique art
  • Forming a personal style and vision for your artwork

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Participate in hands-on internships

Not only do we have many on-campus opportunities for students—including the chance to work as a teaching assistant in the department's two galleries and/or multiple studios—our students have earned notable internships at places including:

  • The Soap Factory Gallery
  • The LAB Digital
  • Alec Soth Studio
  • Franconia Sculpture Park
  • Form + Content Gallery

Learn from professional artists

You'll interact with regional and national artists for studio visits, conversations and critiques in our galleries and courses. You'll also work with professional artists on a daily basis—receiving one-on-one attention from Bethel's professors who are not only exemplary educators, but also active and experienced artists.

Exhibit your artwork

On campus, you'll have many chances to exhibit your artwork, at events including:

  • The annual all-student exhibition, Raspberry Monday
  • Student-curated exhibitions during J-term
  • The bi-annual poster and pottery sales
  • Senior exhibition

You'll also have opportunities to exhibit your work outside Bethel's walls. Most notably, our seniors exhibit their artwork annually in the Thorp Building as a part of the Minneapolis Art-a-Whirl

Study abroad in countries such as

  • Italy
  • Germany
  • England
  • Ireland

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