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Applied Studies: Art at a glance

North Central University’s Applied Studies: Art program will equip you with a diverse mixture of art specialties. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a wide range of artistic forms, including design, illustration, photography, education, crafting, styling, web design, art history, studio, and more. Offered in partnership with Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC), you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree from North Central and an associate’s degree from MCTC while following your calling and pursuing a career as a professional artist.

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Our Art program offers the hands-on training you need to become a professional artist

Our Applied Studies: Art program, offered in partnership with Minneapolis Community & Technical College, gives you opportunities to pursue your calling as an artist by gaining the applicable knowledge, technical skills, and hands-on training you need to be a successful artist.

By earning a liberal arts bachelor’s degree from North Central University and a career specific associate’s degree from MCTC, you’ll be a well-rounded, highly-skilled, marketable employee when you graduate. The broad worldview and critical thinking skills you’ll gain at North Central, along with the training and experience you’ll get at MCTC, will help you land that first job right out of college and will give you opportunities to pursue a career that’s professionally and personally rewarding.

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Get all the benefits of our Christian community

One of the best things about being a North Central University student is joining our spirit-filled, faithful, vibrant urban community. In the Applied Studies program, you’ll be a full NCU student, meaning you’ll live on campus, attend daily chapel with your friends and classmates, find mentors in NCU professors, and participate in student organizations and events.

Plus, you’ll get all the benefits of a well-rounded Christian liberal arts education. You’ll take the Christian Studies Core (and graduate with a Christian Studies minor) just like all North Central students. You’ll also take general education courses and electives at North Central. The Christian liberal arts education that North Central provides will prepare you with a firmly rooted faith, a broad and informed worldview, cultural and global awareness, and the critical thinking skills you need for any career field.

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Our MCTC partnership gives you access to courses, resources, and expert faculty

By partnering with Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC), we can offer you access to career specific courses and training, opportunities to gain real-world experience, and expert faculty in the Art field.

MCTC is a public two-year college located in downtown Minneapolis. As a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, MCTC offers a wide range of learning opportunities and has access to many unique resources.

These resources will prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to find your first job out of college, succeed in your career, and pursue a calling that is fulfilling, meaningful, and rewarding.

In the Applied Studies: Art program, you’ll take career-specific courses at MCTC, accounting for 30-50% of the credits towards your bachelor’s degree.

The Applied Studies program may not be VA benefit eligible. Please contact Student Financial Services to learn more.

  • Skills you’ll gain

    When you graduate from the Art program, you’ll be prepared with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on training to:

    • Create art in a variety of media
    • Perfect your craft as an artist
    • Identify formal qualities of art
    • Utilize the technical processes of creation
    • Explore the impact of expression in art
    • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of art and art history from all over the world and across time periods
  • Potential careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Graphic Designer
    • Advertising Art Director
    • Illustrator
    • Photographer
    • Technical Illustrator
    • Web Designer
    • Art Historian
    • Interior Designer
    • Fashion Designer
    • Art Critic

    You could work in a variety of settings, including:

    • Advertising agencies
    • Educational institutions
    • Museums and galleries
  • Minors & supporting programs

    We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:

    • Intercultural Studies
    • Journalism
    • Media Communications
    • Media Production
    • Music
    • Public Relations and Advertising
    • Theatre
    • Worship Leading
    • Writing

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

English alum Victoria Pyron.
Candidate and Fellowship Winner, M.A. in English Literature (St. Thomas University)

Victoria (Pyron) Tankersley '14
Eden Prairie, MN

"North Central prepared me in amazing ways for this opportunity. Not only through close relationships with faculty, but also through their capacity to push our limits as students."


All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete an Applied Studies: Art degree.

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  • An overview of the program
  • Classes you’ll take
  • Exciting jobs you can get after graduation

Interested in earning your degree in Applied Studies: Art at NCU?

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