Art Classes in Minneapolis with School Overviews

Feb 16, 2019

Research art classes in Minneapolis, which currently has more than ten schools offering programs within ten miles of downtown. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three Minneapolis schools and decide which program is right for you.

Minneapolis Art Schools

Students looking for art classes in Minneapolis will find a variety of options available through both public and private institutions. This article discusses three of the closest schools, all of which are located within 20 minutes of the downtown area. Find a table within the article that contains important school information. Also provided is a short paragraph discussing five other school options in the Minneapolis area.

  • Bethel University offers a wide range of art courses. Located just under four miles from downtown Minneapolis in the neighboring city of St. Paul, Bethel gives students the chance to complete a minor in art, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art.
  • Located in downtown Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community and Technical College is the cheapest school outlined here and offers an associate degree in visual art.
  • The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, located in downtown Minneapolis, is the largest school in the state of Minnesota and offers a minor in art, BA in Studio Art, BFA in Studio Art and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art.

Comparison of Schools

The following table allows for easy comparison of school enrollment numbers, tuition rates, graduation rates and other valuable information.

Bethel University Minneapolis Community and Technical College University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
School Type* 4-year; private not-for-profit 2-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 3,797 7,486 51,848
Campus Setting* Large suburb Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $36,210 $5,396 $14,417 in-state;
$26,603 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 99% 81% 81%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 83% N/A - Open admissions 50%
Retention Rate for Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates (2016-2017)* 85% 56% 93%
Graduation Rate* 71%
(2011 start date)
16%
(2014 start date)
80%
(2011 start date)

Source: *NCES, College Navigator

Bethel University

The College of Art and Sciences is home to the Department of Art at Bethel University. Within the art department, students can take a variety of art classes while completing a minor in an art field or earning a bachelor's degree.

Art Minor

Bethel University's art minor program enables students to study art history or studio art. Students in both fields must take drawing and choose between courses in color/composition/ideation or materials/space/meaning. Studio art students also complete six credits of art history and seven studio elective credits. Art history students are required to take nine credits of art history courses and three credits from studio art or art history.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Students working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Art at this school can concentrate their studies in graphic design, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, ceramics or art history. Students from all concentrations must take advanced drawing, sculpture, painting, creative practices and survey of art history. A senior seminar/thesis exhibition, studio electives and a printmaking course must also be completed.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program is designed for students intending to work as fine artists or who plan on continuing their education to complete an MFA program. This program includes topics in art history, drawing, photography, sculpture and painting. Creative and professional practices and aesthetics courses must also be taken. To fulfill degree requirements, students may choose to complete four additional studio courses or three additional studio courses and an internship.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) offers a two-year degree program in visual art that is complemented by the school's close proximity to several art museums and centers, including the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Intermedia Arts and the Northern Clay Center.

Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Visual Arts

The AFA program at MCTC is a 60-credit program that teaches both technical and aesthetic skills in various forms of art. In addition to general education courses, students take art history courses that cover medieval times to the Renaissance to modern times. Students also begin developing a portfolio in their area of interest, which can include ceramics, water color, photography or drawing.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The programs in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (U of M) include art courses in six different disciplines: ceramics, drawing and painting, experimental and media arts, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Students have the opportunity, and are even encouraged, to dabble in different types of artistic media during their tenure at the school.

Minor in Art

The art minor at the U of M is a six-course program designed to measure a student's skill in a certain area of artistic expression. Students are required to take an introductory course in artistic concepts, an introductory-level art course, an upper-division art history course and three upper-division art courses.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

The BA program is for students interested in obtaining a liberal arts education alongside their artistic education. Students must take introductory courses in topics like drawing, printmaking, media arts, digital photography and sculpture making. When they have completed these courses, they must complete 15 credits of upper-division art courses of their choosing, six credits of art history and a capstone/exhibition.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The BFA program at the U of M is fairly comparable to the B.A. program. In addition to the basic course requirements from the B.A. program, BFA students are required to complete intermediate and advanced art courses, a critical theory course, an art-related internship, a seminar on artistic concepts and practices and 6-8 credits of art history courses. Students present their work at the BFA Exhibition that's held every year.

Master of Fine Arts in Art

The MFA program is a three-year curriculum with the same concentrations available as the BA and BFA programs. Examples of the advanced course topics taught in this program include dimensional perspectives, digital drawing, abstraction, interpretation, visual narrative, interactive art and animation.

Other School Options

Augsburg College is among many other schools in the Minneapolis area offering art classes. This school is located 1.8 miles from downtown Minneapolis. At Concordia University - Saint Paul, students can study art history, art education, studio art and design on a campus that is 5.9 miles outside of downtown. Macalester College is 6.3 miles from downtown and offers art and art history programs. Minneapolis College of Art and Design is located 1.7 miles from downtown and also offers a range of art courses. University of St. Thomas is 6.3 miles from downtown and offers art history programs.

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