About Us

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Since 1886, MCAD 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, and a number of other community programs and events, MCAD transforms the world through creativity and purpose.

Welcome 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.

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 more than 700 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 campus, which shares a block with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, comprises classroom buildings, professional facilities, gallery spaces, student housing complexes, artist studios, and a sculpture garden. Our modernist Main Building is one of the only projects in the United States designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Kenzo Tange, and our historical Julia Morrison Memorial Building is just shy of 100 years old.

2013/14 MCAD Annual Report

View our latest Annual Report (Published January 2015)