Since 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design—a private, nonprofit four-year and postgraduate college—has been the preeminent art and design educator in the region.

Today we are a strong national leader in fine arts, design, entrepreneurial studies, and more. Through degree programs, certificate programs, continuing education courses, exhibitions, and a number of other community programs and events, MCAD transforms the world through creativity and purpose.


Mission, Vision, and Values

Our mission, vision, and values guide our daily decision-making and inform the relationships we have with each other, our students, and the Twin Cities community.

Student Population

Our student body includes approximately 800 students from 29 states and 12 countries. Of these, 50% are enrolled in design, 25% in media arts, and 25% in fine arts; 40% are men and 60% are women; and the average student is 21 years old.


Our three-acre campus, which shares a block with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, comprises classrooms, professional facilities, galleries, student housing complexes, artist studios, and a sculpture garden. Our modernist Main Building is one of the only buildings in the United States designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Kenzo Tange, and our historical Julia Morrison Memorial Building is a century old.

Letter from President Jay Coogan

"Our goal is to prepare students for success in a world where their and the economy’s definition of success is rapidly evolving." Read a letter from President Coogan.


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