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:
- Fashion design
- Film and video production
- Furniture design
- Liturgical art
- Product design
- 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
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Access 7 days a week to well-equipped studios
0 pieces in Bethel's permanent art collection
0 art majors to faculty ratio
FEB 23 2017
10:20 a.m. BU Library Fireside Lounge
Hear a discussion of the limitations and opportunities that exhibits in physical and digital formats provide their audiences.
MAR 9 2017
Johnson Gallery Art Exhibition
MAR 23 2017
6 p.m. Johnson Gallery
Hear artist Keren Kroul talk about her exhibition in the Johnson Gallery
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
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
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