Major Requirements

The studio art major provides curricular opportunities for the development of technical skills, aesthetic judgment, and historical understanding. Participation in both studio and art history courses stimulates critical thinking and refines creative potential in the visual arts. The studio art major may choose to pursue a variety of interests: oil painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, multimedia, or photography.

Entry into the Major

During the freshman and sophomore years, each student is expected to complete the freshman studio core and the sophomore studio requirements. It is also imperative during this time that all prospective art majors have an advisor from the Studio Art Department. In the second semester of the sophomore year, students must apply for admission to the major. Application forms may be downloaded from the Bethany website ( In order to gain admission to, and graduate with, the studio art major, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all studio courses and a 2.0 GPA in all art history courses. Upper division studio courses are typically reserved for those with a declared studio art major or minor, or with special permission from the instructor.

At the end of the junior year, the transcript of each student will be examined by their advisor to ensure adequate progress is being made toward degree completion. At this point, admission to the major may be rescinded.

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 Teaching Licensure in Visual Arts” and must pass them with a “C+” or better. 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 - 19 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 (6 credits):

Senior Project and Exhibition (5 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 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 with an asterisk (*) in the studio art major and pass the following courses with a C+ or higher:

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

  • Maintain 2.75 GPA
  • Complete all standards based courses with a “C+” or above.
  • Pass the following Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams: 
    • NES: Basic Skills Assessments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
    • MTLE: Pedagogy K-6 or 5-12
    • 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 Internships
  • Satisfactory completion of Professional Portfolio

Note: An appeals process is outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Handbook. According to Minnesota Statute 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.


Bethany Lutheran College Education Programs are accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).