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Major Requirements

The studio art major at Bethany provides a strong foundation in drawing, art history, and design. Students build on this foundation by choosing an emphasis in 2d, 3d, or graphic design. All emphases consist of more extensive upper division courses in the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic design, and illustration.

Entry into the Major

During the freshman and sophomore years, each student is expected to complete the core curriculum. Entry into the major requires a minimum 3.0 GPA in all core studio courses and a 2.0 GPA in all art history courses. Students must submit a portfolio of work for review by the art department at the end of the sophomore year.

Students who seek state licensure for secondary level (grades K-12) teaching of art must first meet all requirements for "Entry into the Education Major" (see Education Major). These students are required to take all courses containing state standards in art (designated with an asterisk below) AND the courses listed under "State of Minnesota Licensure Visual Arts" and must pass them with a "C+" or higher. Consult with the department chair for additional art course requirements for an art major with secondary level licensure preparation.

Lower Division Core Requirements

Freshman core - 18 total credits:

Core art history - three of the following:

Sophomore studio - minimum of 12 credits: The freshman studio core must be completed before second-tier studio courses (Drawing II, Painting II, etc.) may be taken. These may, however, be taken concurrently when necessary.

Upper Division Core Requirements

Upper division art history and criticism (11 credits):

Area of Emphasis

The student is to choose one of three primary areas of emphasis: 2D, 3D, or Graphic Design. A minimum of 12 upper division credits is required for the major, with at least six credits completed within the area of emphasis. Candidates seeking Minnesota teaching licensure are not required to select an area of emphasis. Licensure candidates are, however, strongly encouraged to include five studio courses in preparation for their senior show.

2-Dimensional emphasis:

3-Dimensional emphasis:

Graphic Design emphasis:

Internship Opportunity

Students may apply through Career Services and the studio art department for the completion of a program of practical experiences. Typical internship opportunities may include graphic design, gallery management, and art education.

State of Minnesota Teaching Licensure in Visual Arts

Students seeking teaching licensure are required to consult an academic advisor in both the Studio Art and Education Departments. In addition to the studio art major requirements, students who seek state licensure for K–12 teaching of visual arts are required to take the courses listed in the studio art major with an asterisk and the following courses and to pass them with a “C+” or better:

Important requirements of all students completing Minnesota Teaching Art licensure at Bethany Lutheran College:

  • Complete all standards based courses with a “C+” or above
  • Maintain 2.75 GPA
  • Pass the following Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams: 
    1. MTLE: Basic Skills Assessments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
    2. MTLE: Either Pedagogy K-6 or 5-12
    3. MTLE: Subject matter/content K-12 Art
  • Complete the Human Relations/Diversity Component
  • Complete all courses required for Minnesota State Licensure
  • Satisfactory completion of Teaching Internship and Seminar
  • Satisfactory completion of STEEP and Professional Portfolio
  • Attend the Mahkato Wacipi Pow Wow

Note: An appeals process is outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Handbook. According to Minnesota Statue 122A.09 Subdivision 4(c), a candidate who remains unsatisfied with a dispute regarding recommendation for licensure may appeal the decision to the Minnesota Board of Teaching.