Bethesda Christian University
About Bethesda Christian University
Bethesda Christian University is a four-year private Christian institution of higher learning in Anaheim, California. Anaheim is 30 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. Anaheim is home to Disneyland, a must-see for all visitors to the area. Other famous places including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Long Beach are within close driving distance from the city, and Universal Studios and Knott's Berry Farm are also nearby. Another beautiful place to see in Anaheim is the Anaheim GardenWalk, an outdoor shopping and dining venue set among garden walkways.
Bethesda was originally created to train Christians interested in world missions to build churches and Bible institutions around the world. It was founded as the Full Gospel Central Bible College in 1976. In 1982 the name was changed to the Full Gospel Theological Seminary. It was approved by the California state government as a regular university in 1983, and renamed Bethesda Christian University in 1990. Today Bethesda is accredited by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, a division of the California Department of Education, the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an association of theological schools, and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, also an association of Christian schools. All of the groups are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Bethesda's department of design offers four-year BA degrees in visual communication and in jewelry design. Both programs require completion of core requirements in general education and Bible and theology studies, plus additional courses in Christian service. The visual communication program's professional studies core includes coursework in drawing, light, color and design, two and three-dimensional design, materials and methods, photography, design psychology, computer graphics, writing and research in design, marketing for designers, basic and editorial illustration, digital media graphics, advertising design, and visual communication design. The jewelry design program's professional studies core includes similar coursework in basic design and drawing, plus courses in jewelry design, metal formative arts, gemology, jewelry manufacturing, jewelry computer-aided drafting, gem identification, and contemporary materials. Both programs require coursework in portfolio development and completion of an internship prior to graduation.
Bethesda does not currently offer any institutionally-funded scholarships to students. However, the institution does have a Program Participation Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education for eligible students to receive Pell Grants and other federal aid. Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to determine their award and loan eligibility.